painting and decoratingA little bit of preparation goes a long way when you’re painting. Preparation, good materials and access to your tools are main features, but the key to success is lies beyond these three things. Here we have compiled 10 expert tips from painters Denbighshire that contribute to a great finish.

Tip 1:

Fail to plan, plan to fail! Always be prepared when it comes to decorating. You should before else, spend a few hours ensuring you have all the materials that you’ll need for your decorating project. Having all tools and materials at hand will help you keep things organised, simple and ensure you do the neatest job in the most time efficient manner.

Tip 2:

Always use good quality paint. Often, cheap, poor quality paint will mean that the finish may look uneven, and will require more coats than that of a better quality job. It is one hundred percent worth the extra few pounds for a better paint, guaranteeing you a better final job.

Tip 3:

Use good quality brushes. We would recommend investing in a quality 20inch (5cm) synthetic bristle brush for cutting in the edges of the room your combating.

Tip 4:

Give special attention to the corners and ridges of the room. You should paint the corners, ceiling edges, above skirting boards and around any window or doors prior to doing the main walls. This should be repeated on each wall, before you move onto the next to ensure that paint blends together properly.

Tip 5:

Keep on rolling. We advise the use of a 7-inch (17cm) medium pile roller for walls and a smaller one if you need to go around radiators or narrow sections. As with any brand new roller, they should be soaked in soapy water to ensure that there is no fluff that could be at risk of transferring onto your painted wall.

Tip 6:

Eradicate dripping from the entire process. Dried drips can ruin a paint job, so when painting, ensure you dip half of the brush into the paint to load it up, then tap gently on the side of the tin – safeguarding your walls from any excess dripping paint.

Tip 7:

Use the W/M technique to distribute the bulk of the paint. This means painting the letter M, followed by W with the roller to fill in the empty area with a proper paint job. This ensures you get an even coverage of paint across the wall.
Tip 8: Leave the windows for later. If you end up splashing the windows with paint, you should wait until it’s dry and remove it with a paint scraper at a later date.

Tip 9:

Keep brushes fresh – keep your brushes in good condition, with rollers in a bucket covered with a damp cloth. This will make sure that your brushes do not dry out.

Tip 10:

The final tip is to clean and tidy as you go. Keeping a clean, damp cloth with you means you’re ready to combat any paint splatters as they occur. Dry the area with paper towels to get rid of any excess paint film. Keeping things organised and tidy during your paint job allows you to keep everything in order and is a contributing factor towards a successful final outcome.