Things to Know Before You Start Painting Your Walls

Painting both walls and ceiling in one room can be challenging. To prevent accidental overspray from the trim paint onto walls, professionals usually tape off its perimeter before painting the ceiling.

For smooth results when painting large areas, use the W technique–roll back and forth in a “W” pattern until all area has been covered by paint, thus eliminating visible lines and providing even coverage of the area. This ensures no more streaked paintjobs!

Painter’s Tape

Painter’s tape is an invaluable asset when painting walls. It provides protection for areas that will not be painted, making it easier to create straight lines of color across each room. Know more about Painters Melbourne.

Painters’ tape comes in various widths, making it essential that you select one appropriate to your project. Look at the label of each tape for guidance as most will provide recommendations as to which surfaces they work best with.

Be sure to score the edges when taking down tape; this makes it much simpler and prevents any potential damages to your paint job.

Masking Tape

Masking tape is an integral component of every paint job, used to protect areas such as skirting boards, doors, windows, light switches and sockets from being painted over.

Select a high-quality, low-tack adhesive tape that adheres well to most surfaces and will hold up well under wet paint. Some brands even boast special properties like heat resistance or being resistant to solvents.

Make sure your tape features “paint locking” technology, which will seal its edges to prevent paint seeping under and create much sharper, cleaner lines when removed from its backing. Pull it at an oblique angle in order to prevent any chance of pulling up any fresh coat of paint when pulling the tape off at full tilt.

Dust Sheets

Make sure you have all of the tools and materials necessary for the task at hand, such as paint; brushes; rollers; brush extenders (to protect brushes from breaking); masking tape, dust sheets, painting trays and painting trays if applicable; plus an extension pole should you have high ceilings.

Preparing your room for painting requires using degreaser to clean walls and moldings before sanding for a smooth surface. Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux suggests hollowing out cracks to prevent filler from filling them in with unwanted marks and texture; low tack masking tape should then be used to cover light switches, plug sockets, skirting boards etc so it can easily be removed after each section has been painted.

Drop Cloths

Drop cloths are essential when painting any room in your house – or indeed any part thereof – since they provide essential protection from paint spills, splatters and drips. Whether canvas or plastic sheets cover furniture and fixtures in order to safeguard them from spills, splatters and drips during painting sessions.

Make the most out of your drop cloths by making sure they fit well with the area in which you are working. A proper size drop cloth should cover both floors and furniture completely, with ample room on either side for movement.

Specialized drops come with features like slip resistance and leak protection to save both time and money by protecting surfaces from hazardous paints. Plastic and vinyl drop cloths are more budget-friendly but not as absorbent than canvas options; therefore they should only be laid out under heavy options to avoid tears in their fabric fabric.

Paint Samples

If you are planning to paint your house or part thereof, using color samples first is a great way to determine how the paint will appear against specific walls and sheen levels.

A cardboard sample or store sample won’t reflect the texture and colors of your wall in quite the same way, so paint some test squares onto it and move them throughout the day to see how they react under different lighting.

Make Your Own Paint Sample Boards or Buy Peel & Stick Paint Samples As another alternative, paint sample jars may not be free and can be messy when used on walls. A better option would be creating or purchasing Samplize Peel & Stick Paint Samples that provide better options and results.