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Painting Project Tried-and-True Tips

Construction How-To, Painting January 11, 2016 Sonia


Synthetic roller covers require preconditioning to prevent the lack of paint release caused by the paint sticking to the fibers. Before use in latex paints, rinse the cover with a faucet or hose, then spin it to remove excess water. This extra step lubricates the fibers for smooth, consistent painting.

Synthetic roller covers require preconditioning to prevent the lack of paint release caused by the paint sticking to the fibers. Before use in latex paints, rinse the cover with a faucet or hose, then spin it to remove excess water. This extra step lubricates the fibers for smooth, consistent painting.

When rolling, fill the paint tray no more than 1/3 full. Load the entire surface of your roller cover with paint, rolling it slowly down the tray, then back several times so the cover absorbs. Use the tray’s grid to prevent overloading. When painting walls, start at the top and work downward. Roll a large “W” in a space about 3 by

3 feet. Then fill in between the gaps, blending into your initial strokes. Always work from the unpainted into the painted surface. Repeat the process when you start a new area.

Avoid painting with a worn roller. When the roller cover deteriorates, roller material will tear free and become embedded in the new paint. This will require you to clean the debris from the paint and re-coat the area. Or worse, you could miss the debris, and it could dry into the new coat of paint. Make sure to have replacement covers handy and keep the roller saturated with paint while you work.

After your project, clean all rollers, brushes and related paint equipment immediately after use and store in a clean, dry place.

Paint with a Sprayer

When applying paint with a sprayer, either HVLP or airless, movement of the gun is extremely important. Keep your wrist straight and the spray nozzle parallel to the work surface for consistent application (rather than flexing your wrist and swinging the gun, which causes overspray and uneven coating). The gun should be held 7 to 12 inches away from the work surface. Start at the top and work downward. To avoid excessive paint accumulation, don’t pull the trigger unless the gun is in motion. Squeeze the trigger as you move into a spraying pass over the work surface. Follow the tool manufacturer’s guide-lines for tip selection, cleaning procedures and paint-thinning recommendations.

Once the job is over, always flush the sprayer using the appropriate solvent. This is an absolutely critical step and ensures the machine will be properly stored without contaminants that gunk up the system.

Follow these pro-grade tips to get professional results on your next painting project.

Side Note 1

Store Paint Correctly

Since air is the drying agent of paint, its exposure should be limited if you want to keep it performing like new. Air thickens the paint, which causes brush marks during application. Keep the can capped immediately after pouring the paint you need. When capping, blow into the container before sealing to increase its shelf life. Carbon dioxide in your breath reduces the oxygen level that causes paint to skin over.