13 time saving painting tips

09 Jul 2013

We could all use a few tips, tricks and techniques now and again, especially when it comes to painting. Homeowners spend more time painting a home than any other home improvement project, so being able to save time, and money, makes sense. Here’s how…

Use a small bucket with a handle to take paint with you up the ladder. This eliminates the need to keep scaling up and down the ladder to refill your brush.

1. Before dipping your brush in paint, first wet the bristles. This will keep the paint from seeping into the ferrule. 

This neat little trick also makes cleaning paint brushes easier and will extend their life.

2. Properly measure your space before painting, then, using a paint calculator, determine how much paint you need.

 You can use the Plascon Paint Calculator to determine how much paint you need for a project. That way, you can buy your paint in one go and ensure a perfect colour match.

3. Before deciding on a colour, always try paint samples first.

4. Choose the right finish for painted walls. A flat finish hides minor imperfections while a sheen finish is more scrubbable. 

An adjustable paint roller extension pole can cut your painting time in half by keeping you off ladders and stools.

5. For a more professional end result, be sure to patch holes in your walls before painting.  

Polycell offer a wide range of products for filling and finishing your walls. Use interior crack filler for minor cracks in walls and remember to clean your walls with Sugar Soap before painting to ensure a job well done.

6. Always work in a well ventilated room. Open up a few windows to help the fumes escape.

7. When painting around the trim, use an angled brush. This eliminates the need for masking tape and time spent on applying it to the walls.

To do this, apply paint to the tip of the brush and gently work from the centre outwards. This is one of those instances where practice makes perfect.

When painting around the trim, use an angled brush.

8. For the most professional looking paint job, remove the plates around the outlets and light switches with a screw driver. 

9. Use a small bucket with a handle to take paint with you up the ladder. This eliminates the need to keep scaling up and down the ladder to refill your brush. 

10. When you need to cut in around fittings and fixtures that can't be removed or covered up, pour paint into a handled container so that it's easier to climb up and paint in one go.

11. A large step ladder makes painting high ceilings and in corners much easier and a wider option means you won’t have to move it much. 

12. While still on the subject of up and down, make more use of your 'up' time by using an adjustable stepladder. A single adjustable ladder will allow you to reach the middle and top of the walls with ease.

13. An adjustable paint roller extension pole can cut your painting time in half by keeping you off ladders and stools.

If you do need to reach higher, add an extension pole to your roller. I also extend my paintbrush by using duct tape to fasten the brush onto the end of an extension pole, which works well for painting ceilings. 

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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