Whether you are a construction professional or a dedicated DIY enthusiast, you don’t want to ruin a perfect project with a bad paint job. Perfecting your finish takes time and careful preparation. Don’t try to rush it or you may just have to do it again. Here are some easy ways to ensure that you get the perfect finish every time.
Start with a clean working surface. This is the most important part, but most people rush through it. Take the time to properly prepare the surfaces you are going to paint. Sand surfaces that require smoothing or to remove old layers of paint. Make sure that surfaces are clean and dry before proceeding. Remember that any blemishes on the underlying layer will show through to the finish.
Always make sure that there are no old finishes on your surface before you paint.
Be sure that there are no chemical cleaners or other substances on the surface before you start. Chemical residue can compromise your finish and lead to cracks or peeling.
Practice makes perfect
If you want to operate a sprayer, brush or roller like a pro, you will have to practice. Start on an old piece of lumber or drywall before you attempt the real thing.
Less is more
Don’t think that slathering the paint on will create a smooth finish; it will take too long to set and may drip too. For a smooth finish, apply a number of thin coats rather than one or two thick ones. This is especially important on the edges and corners of wooden surfaces like molding. The number of layers you apply will depend on the color and finish you want.
Always mix your paint thoroughly. If you take a long time to paint a surface, or take a break in your painting, then mix your paint again before proceeding.
Always start with the edges and work your way to the center. This will help to frame your workspace. Always work from the edges in—start with the perimeter and then work towards the center. Starting here will help to ‘frame’ the space you will be working in.
Check your paint job from a number of different angles after each coat. This will allow you to fix any drips or mistakes before the paint dries. If you are working in a dimly-lit room, use a flashlight or portable lamp to check your paint job from different angles.
Remember that attitude is everything! If you hate painting, it will probably show in the final product and you may want to think about hiring a professional. But if you are patient and take the time to properly prepare the surface, apply a number of thin layers and check your work as you go, you will be happy with the results!