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