2. Tint Your Primer
If you’re painting new drywall or you’re painting over a dark color, you’ll need to prime the surface.
Primer serves several purposes. First, primer blocks any stains from bleeding through. Next, primer provides one-coat coverage for your paint. Lastly, primer improves paint adhesion. The use of primer significantly reduces peeling and blisters.
Most professional painters tint the primer against the finished color by mixing a small amount of topcoat paint with the primer. Tinting the primer will enhance the ability of the topcoat to cover the primed surface fully.
3. Choose Canvas Over Plastic
Although plastic drop cloths protect floors and furniture from paint splatters, you’d be better off investing in canvas.
Canvas is highly durable and is rip-resistant. Unlike plastic drop cloth, canvas absorbs paint drips, which become slippery when spattered with paint. Also, you can easily fold canvas drop cloths around corners and doorways.
4. Use an Extension Pole
Rather than using a stepladder, you may opt to use an extension pole to attach to your paint roller. Extension poles come in various lengths and may often measure up to eighteen feet in length. Before purchasing a pole, ensure that your paint roller’s handle has a threaded hole that allows you to attach the roller onto the pole.
5. Opt for a Paint Grid
Rather than using a paint tray, consider using a paint grid. Rolling paint using a paint tray will leave you in a messy situation.
Instead, roll directly from a five-gallon bucket with the help of a paint grid. A paint grid is a rectangular metal screen that hooks easily onto the rim of a bucket.
All you need to do is full up a bucket around halfway with paint and hang the grid inside the bucket. Then, dip the roller sleeve into the paint and roll it against the grid. Rolling the sleeve against the grid will remove any excess paint. Once you’ve finished, drop the grid into your bucket and put on the lid.
6. Overnight Storage
Realistically, you may be too busy to finish your painting duties in a single day. If you still have more to paint tomorrow, you don’t need to clean your paintbrushes and paint-roller sleeves at the end of the day.
Instead, you can roll or brush off the excess paint. Then, securely wrap the brushes in plastic food wrap. You may need to use additional food wrap to seal out any air. Next, place the wrapped brushes in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. This method of storage will keep the paint from drying overnight, meaning you can still use your equipment tomorrow.
Simply remove the equipment from your refrigerator the next day. If you’re tackling a large project, storing your stuff in this manner can be useful for several days.
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