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How to Create the Perfect Paint Job

An amateur paint job sticks out like a sore thumb. A blotchy and messy paint job will leave the room looking rubbish, so read these tips to creating the perfect paint job.

Cut in with a Roller Too

If you only cut in with a brush, then you’ll have noticeable brush marks around the entire room. To avoid this, use a small, 3 inch roller with the same nap the same thickness as the roller you’ll use for the rest of the wall. Use it while the paint is still wet, after the brush, to make sure that the paint blends. To cut in effectively, you’ll need a steady pair of stepladders like the ones from Globe Ladders too.

Primer

If you’ve gone to a lot of effort to make sure that the wall is smooth by filling in holes or cracks with filler or wall compound, then don’t spoil it by painting straight over it. These fillers are porous, so if you paint straight over with the colour you want, then you will end up with a strange blotchy effect, with dull patches.

All it takes is a coat of primer to seal the patch and the paint won’t sink it. Again, make sure that the nap of the roller matches the roller you intend to paint with and you just have to paint the filled patches.

Cut the Tape, Don’t Just Pull It

If you’ve taped the edges of your skirting board, which you should have for a nice clean line, then simply pulling at the tape will cause the dry paint to flake off. Instead, cut the tape with a sharp utility knife, and then pull it off. Make sure the paint is really hard, as if it’s still gummy, you’ll just make a mess, so test it in an inconspicuous area first.

Avoid Lap Marks

Instead of painting in patches, roller the full height of the wall, keeping a wet edge. You get lap marks because you’ve rolled over paint that has started to dry. Paint an entire wall at a time, starting at one end and working your way to the other by moving over slightly with each stroke.

Ceilings are hard to do in single strokes, so feather out the paint as you go. For the second coat, apply in the opposite direction.

With these tips, you should be able to create a masterpiece every time you paint your walls.