Sand, Sand, and Sand Some More
Before a surface is painted, it has to be sanded smooth. If sanding is properly done, it will make it easier to achieve the perfect painting results, but if it’s completed poorly, it will do more harm than good. But don’t you worry, sanding is one of the easiest jobs to do if you chose the right abrasives. You just need to take your time and scrub really well so you will have a nice and smooth canvas to paint on afterward.
Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness
To save yourself the extra effort of cleaning after the paining project is completed, cover all things and places to protect them from the paint. How to do that? It’s quite simple! If you don’t want paint of another color to get on your white ceiling or woodwork, for example, tape the edges. It’s better to use the blue painter’s type than masking tape. Press it down with a putty knife to make sure nothing will get through it. And to prevent the paint from getting on your floor, simply use drop cloths or old newspapers to cover it. So, if you spill paint, the they will absorb everything, and it won’t damage your flooring.
Buy More Paint Than You Need
A good tip to remember when it comes to buying paint is to get more than you actually need. If you think about it, it’s better to have some left after you finish than run out of it halfway through your project. Yes, you can always buy more when it’s over, but the thing with colored paint is that it might not be exactly the same in different packs. That’s why professional painters mix all the paint in one container so they can get an even result.
You can also apply the “buy more” rule to other things like tape and drop cloths, just to be sure you will be able to cover all the areas that need it. If you have leftovers, do not throw them away, they might come in handy another time.
Tape Is Your Friend
Tape is your best friend when it comes to painting of any sort. With it, you can cover woodwork, window panes, electric outlets, switches, or anything else you don’t want paint on. Use a putty knife to press it down to the surface you want to cover so it can stick to it and doesn’t let any paint reach through it. After you are done with everything, you can safely remove it. You will find out that all the things you covered will look as good as they did before the painting. In case you didn’t take the extra time and effort to do that, you risk ruining something or simply getting dirty. And scrubbing paint off things afterward is never a fun thing to do!