Tips to Paint like an Xpert

Got a painting project in mind, but not sure if you should do it yourself or hire a pro? If you want to save money, you’re better off doing it yourself. However, sometimes painting like an expert is challenging and/or intimidating.

To help you tackle your painting project with confidence, here are some painting techniques that will make painting easier.

First Step: Get the necessary tools and materials from Friedman’s, including:

  • Paint brushes
  • Extra paint bucket
  • Wood putty
  • Wire wheel (drill)
  • Paint rollers
  • Masking tape
  • Crack filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Roller tray
  • Paint scraper
  • Caulking gun
  • Special V-shaped putty knife
  • Wire screening
  • Drop cloths
  • Caulking compound
  • Wire brush
  • Ladder
  • Putty
  • ¼” Power drill
  • Long-handled putty knife
  • Solvent
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding disk

Second Step: Prepare the surface before painting

  1. Use a caulking gun to caulk all joints, cracks and seams before painting.
  2. Don’t start painting until the caulking is finished and thoroughly dried.
  3. Always clean the surface to be painted.
  4. Use new putty to replace all loose and missing putty before painting the windows.
  5. Fill in large holes and cracks on the surface with wood putty.
  6. A special V-shaped putty knife makes window puttying easier and professional looking.
  7. Remove old paint.
  8. Your power drill and available attachments make surface preparation easier. Use it for smoothing rough spots before painting, like your sanding wheel drill, your wire brush attachment, etc.
  9. Use plastic or paper drop cloths to cover sidewalks, shrubbery or other areas needing protection before you start the painting. Use drop cloths to cover floors, furniture, etc. for indoor painting.

Third Step: Use these proven painting tips and tricks to make your painting project go smoothly and look professionally done.
1. Thoroughly mix the paint by following these simple steps:
(A). Pour off, into another container, any thin portion of the paint that is floating on top.
(B). Use a paddle to stir the paste settled in the bottom of the can.
(C). Stir in a small amount of the thin portion of the paint and use the paint paddle to stir with a figure eight motion. As you stir, gradually mix the thin portion back into the main paint can.
(D). Finally, pour the paint back and forth from one container to another. This will thoroughly mix the paint and bring it to the proper thickness for application.
2. Line your roller tray with aluminum foil to save clean up time.
3. Use masking tape for a straight line where two colors come together.
4. Always use the flat side of your brush in corners rather than the side.
5. When painting exterior surfaces, follow these simple steps:
(A). First, dip the paintbrush into the can to load the bristles about half-way with paint. Never dip more than half of the brush into the paint. After loading half the bristles with paint, touch the brush lightly to the surface at several points to apply spots of paint.
(B). After applying the spots of paint, use long leveling brush strokes to smooth out the spots.
(C). Finish each area with back and forth motions and zig-zag strokes. A little practice with a brush will enable you to complete a professional-looking painting job with minimal effort.
6. A section of screen will carry lumps of paint to the bottom of the can.
7. Always stroke into wet paint – never away from it.
8. Use a long nap roller for painting wire fences.
9. When using a paint roller, make criss-cross strokes on the area first.
10. Use special rollers for painting beveled or weather-boarded areas.

Fourth Step: Clean up after the paint job

  • Special waterless hand cleaners remove both latex-base and oil-base paints easily and quickly. These waterless hand cleaners will not irritate your skin like many solvents. Wipe the paste-type cleaner on your hands, wipe it off and the paint will come off with it.
  • Take care of your brushes by cleaning them carefully after each painting job is done and then wrapping and storing them for future use. Fold wax paper around the brush and seal it with a rubber band.
  • Wash latex paints out of a brush with clear warm water.
  • Clean brushes used with oil-base paints with regular paint cleaner or some type of solvent. Clean the brush thoroughly, then wrap it in wax paper and store it for future use.
  • Clean rollers in the same basic way as paintbrushes. Take time to clean them thoroughly.

Though we cannot go to your place and paint for you, our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help you find all the things you’ll need to have a successful and professional looking painting project. Visit us at Friedman’s Home Improvement online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.

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