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Handy painting tips to make the job easier AND give you a professional-looking finish that you’ll be proud of.

painting tips | prep | Brukon Brush Cleaner

Ensure all painters tape is firmly in place.

 1. Buy quality brushes – and proper painter’s tape

100% pure boar bristle brushes better take up better applicaton

– Cheaper brushes are a false saving because you end up spending more time painting, and re-applying coats to get the look right. Quality brushes (especially pure boar bristle) take up more paint, and allow it to flow smoothly onto the surface with little effort – the result is excellent coverage and a professional-looking result. Plus they’re not that much more expensive, and they’ll last for years if you treat them right. GET GOOD BRUSHES, FOLKS: It’s a no-brainer.

– Use proper painter’s tape to mask around trim and other features. Apply it using the flat end of a putty knife to get a tight, even seal against the surface. Painter’s tape is designed to do this job and to remove cleanly afterwards. Masking tape is more likely to let paint bleed  under it, and to leave sticky bits behind: it’s another false saving so DON’T BUY IT.

2. Have ALL the tools on hand before you start

Lay it all out in front of you, so you don’t get caught mid-job without something essential. You’ll need:-

  • quality bristle brushes,
  • painters tapepaint brush cleaner no mess no power needed
  • gap filling putty or paste,
  • a putty knife,
  • drop cloths,
  • plastic gloves,
  • safety glasses,
  • primer if you’re not using self-priming paint,
  • a paint can opener. (NOTE: don’t use a flathead screwdriver, you can damage the lid)
  • paint thinner if you’re using turps,
  • a brush cleaning container. (the Brukon unit is ideal; it cleans the brush for you.)

3. Scrape, sapainting tips | sanding filling gapsnd, clean, fill – DO YOUR PREP.

Don’t leap into the painting part without proper preparation. It’s boring but essential if you want to be proud of the end result.

  1. Inspect the surfaces carefully and note with a bit of painters tape or post-it notes all the spots that need attention: cracked, flaking, or peeling areas need to be scraped or sanded, gaps and holes need to be filled then sanded smooth when dry, greasy marks may need to be washed with soap, rinsed and dried, brush marks need to be sanded, gaps need to be caulked and wiped smooth.
  2. Even if you think the surfaces are clean, give it all a wipe down with a clean damp cloth so that the paint will have a clean, dust-free surface to stick to.
  3. If you’re not using a self-priming paint, USE A PRIMER COAT first, to avoid a splotchy appearance. Some dark and especially greasy marks may need primer to cover them first, even with self-priming paint.

good painting prep tips4. Protect anything you don’t want painted

Spend the time to properly cover floors, furniture, and all fittings you want to protect before you begin. Sounds obvious, but look around the space – there’s always more to cover than you think… like door handles and cupboard knobs…

Use cotton drop cloths on all floors – and on bigger items of furniture too: old sheets can let drips bleed through. Small plastic sandwich bags secured with Painters tape are an easy way to protect doorknobs.

Lastly, take off all the light switch / power outlet covers.  It’s a lot less fiddly when you start trim painting around everything.

painting tips | wet weather5. Wait for dry weather

Rainy days are not good for painting – and not just outside; a wet or humid day means more drips and slow drying inside too… so WAIT – if you can.

If you have to paint when it’s humid, use the slow-drying time to correct your errors before moving on to the next coat. But remember it will be longer before you can get back in there and recoat, remove tape, etc.

6. Paint from top to bottompainting tips | top down \ Brukon Products

After you’ve done your trim, ALWAYS paint the rest from the ceiling down – NEVER from the bottom up. Working with gravity means you can paint right over your drips and mistakes as you stroke or roll your way down.

7. Sand trim between coats for an ultra smooth finish

Getting that flawless, glossy finish on woodwork trim takes a bit of work – especially with acrylic paint. Again, you can’t beat good preparation. That means filling and sanding before the first coat, AND sanding again before the second coat. This softens off the brush marks from coat one, and gives a better surface for applying coat two. The result will be a smoother finish.

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