Painting: ‘Rule to remember’ when using paint for a ‘smoother’ and ‘professional’ finish

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Painting yourself is often a lot cheaper than hiring a professional to do the job. While it may take a bit more research and planning beforehand, results can often look the same. According to The Paint Shed, cleaning walls and tools before using paint is essential in achieving a great finish.

Michael Rolland, interiors expert and MD of The Paint Shed, explained: “It may seem obvious but ensuring your walls are pristine before you start painting will make for a smoother finish and application.

“Use a damp cloth over the surface of the wall, you can also use sugar soap or a mixture of washing up liquid and water if you need a more thorough clean of high traffic areas or those that have been exposed to grease.

“Don’t forget to check hidden areas such as behind the radiators to keep your paintwork as clean as possible. Although you don’t necessarily need to paint this spot, the dust that lingers could make its way out into your paint.”

Before starting to paint, DIYers should wash all their brushes to help remove any loose bristles.

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Michael continued: “Take your time lifting up the painter’s tape, pull it back on itself, removing it at a 45 degree angle.

“Once you have finished the job in hand, make sure you keep any leftover paint as you never know when you will need to do some quick touch ups.

“One hack you can use when it comes to storing leftover paint is using cling film over the top of the can of paint before placing the lid.

“Doing this will prevent dust, dirt and flaky paint from falling into the fresh paint when you next open it, particularly if it has been stored in a shed or garage.”

Painters should also assess their work in daylight to make sure the walls look smooth.

Daylight will expose the need for another coat or any missed sections.

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