According to NewCastlePaintingBC.com, here are some of the tips to make the lines of your interiors cleaner.
- Roll the full height of the wall and maintain a wet edge to get rid of lap marks
Lap marks are those unpleasant strips which is sometimes caused by irregular layers from paint buildup. This happens when you roll over paint the area that is already partly dry. Especially in latex paint, it begins to stiffen in less than a minute especially in warm and dry conditions. The key to avoid these awful marks is to maintain a “wet edge”. To achieve this, start painting near a corner. Run the roller up and down, painting the full height of the wall. As you do this, with each stroke move over slightly. If necessary, move backward to smoothen the thick spots or runs. Ensure that you do not let the roller become nearly dry. As much as possible, refill it often and maintain the open side of the roller frame facing the finished painted area to lessen the pressure on the roller’s open side to avoid the possibility of paint ridges especially when you are doing DIY wall painting.
- As soon as the paint gets completely dry, cut the tape loose to achieve a perfect edge
It is not easy to just pull the tape off the trim. Since the paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, removing the tape can rip the pieces of dried paint right off the wall. To avoid this to happen, So before pulling off the tape, cut the tape loose first.
Wait for at least 24 hours because that is the time that the paint is completely dry. Afterwards, you can use a sharp object like a utility knife or box cutter knife to carefully slice through the film. You should start doing this in an unremarkable area to make sure the paint is hard enough to make clean slices. Not doing this can surely create a mess. As you cut the paint, pull up the tape at a 45-degree angle.
- Start painting at the trims first before proceeding to the ceilings and walls
Professional painters typically follow a particular order when painting a room. Usually they paint the trim first, afterwards the ceiling, then the wall. This is the usual sequence because it’s easier and faster to tape off the trim than to tape off the ceilings or walls.
You do not have to be neat when you paint the trim. All you have to do is to focus on getting a smooth finish on the wood. If the trim paint gets onto the walls, you can cover it later when painting the walls. Once the trim is completely painted and dry for at least 24 hours, tape it off, then proceed to paint the ceiling, then the walls afterwards.
- To avoid a blotchy ﬁnish, consider priming and putting texture to the patches of the walls
Freshly painted walls often look blemished. The color is uniform, but the polish is not consistent. You will encounter this over the patched holes and cracks using a filler or drywall compound. Flashing, or the dullness of the surface due to the porous filler’s paint absorption, occurs. When light hits these dull spots, the tendency is that it can stick out. The smooth patch can easily stand out, unlike the somewhat rough texture of the wall. This can be resolve by putting a quick coat of primer to reduce the ﬂashing and texture alterations.
Primer has the capacity to cover the reinforcement so that the paint will not sink in, making it look dull. To match the texture, have the prime with a roller and feather out the edges. Consider choosing the nap thickness to match the adjacent textures of the wall.
- For consistent texture, do roll paint on the edges
When you paint the corners and areas next to trim using a brush, it will have a noticeable different texture comparing to the surrounding paint. To ensure the consistency of the finished texture in these areas, brush on the paint and roll it out immediately before the paint dries.
Use a 3-inch roller with a nap having the same thickness as the roller that was used to the rest of the wall. Roll as close as you can, avoiding bumping the opposite wall or slopping the paint to the trim. Finish brushing on the paint and roll it out on one corner before proceeding on to the next area.