Guest Blogger – Inside Secrets: Painting Tips from the Pros
Guest Blogger +1K, Entry #2753, August 16, 2013
The average person can do a decent paint job, provided they have the right equipment. However, who wants to settle for decent when you can have spectacular? There are many trade secrets that professional painters use that will not only make painting easier, but also result in beautiful work:
Use Canvas Drop Cloths, Not Plastic:
Purchase high-quality, canvas drop cloths instead of plastic. Canvas drop cloths are superior for a number of reasons. For one, they’re much more durable then plastic. They also absorb spilled paint, unlike plastic which becomes slippery and you run the risk of getting it on your shoes and then tracking it across your floor. It’s also more environmentally-friendly, as canvas can be reused over and over again (unlike plastic, which you generally discard after each job). Never use sheets, as the paint color can easily bleed through this onto your floor.
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Pour Paint into a Bucket:
You may have purchased four gallons of what you thought was the same color of paint, but came to realize when you opened up your second gallon that it was a slightly different shade than the first. Pro painters eliminate this problem by taking a five-gallon bucket and pouring all of the paint into this bucket and mixing them all together. Then, instead of using a roller tray, use a paint grid. This rectangular, metal screen hooks onto the rim of the bucket. When you’re done painting, you can simply drop the grid back into the bucket and then snap a lid onto the bucket.
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Make life Easier with an Extension Pole:
If you a painting a ceiling, buy an extension pole for your paint roller instead of climbing ladders. Look for one that has a rubber grip and a metal core, and the end of the pole should be metal, as well. Don’t buy one with a plastic handle because the flexibility makes them harder to control. If you aren’t sure how to attach it to the paint roller, there are plenty of tutorials available online.
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