Hacks for DIY home-paint­ing

Up­date a room with a fresh lick of paint us­ing these handy tips that will make you look like a pro

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THINK­ING of paint­ing a room in your home? Spring is the best sea­son to make a change! But while most home­own­ers may know ba­sic DIY paint prep – sand­ing, patch­ing, lay­ing down drop cloths and so on – other nifty tricks can make the job eas­ier. Who knew, for ex­am­ple, that heat­ing mask­ing tape in the mi­crowave will make it more man­age­able?

Fol­low these tips to make the job go smoothly so you end up with a pro­fes­sional-look­ing fin­ish.

WAIT FOR DRY WEATHER

Hu­mid­ity means slow dry­ing and paint drip­ping down the walls, so avoid paint­ing on a rainy day.

If you must paint when it’s hu­mid, take your time.

BOX YOUR PAINT

Ask your sales­per­son to help you es­ti­mate how much paint you’ll need so you can buy it all at once.

Then, in­stead of us­ing one tin at a time, com­bine all the paint into one large con­tainer and mix it thor­oughly.

This is known as “box­ing” your paint, and it keeps your colour con­sis­tent from be­gin­ning to end.

OPT FOR CAN­VAS

Plas­tic sheet­ing is a cheap way to pro­tect floors and fur­nish­ings from paint spat­ters but they can be­come slip­pery when sprayed with paint.

You’re much bet­ter off in­vest­ing in can­vas sheet­ing. Can­vas is durable, presents much less of a slip­ping haz­ard and ab­sorbs paint drips. Plus, most plas­tic drop cloths must be dis­carded when the job is done while can­vas will last a life­time.

RE­VIVE YOUR MASK­ING TAPE

If you’re us­ing an old roll of tape, it can be dif­fi­cult to peel without tear­ing or stick­ing. Re­vive old mask­ing or painter’s tape by heat­ing it in the mi­crowave for 10 sec­onds. This will soften the ad­he­sive, al­low­ing it to pull away from the roll eas­ily.

TINT YOUR PRIMER

You prob­a­bly al­ready know us­ing a primer im­proves the over­all fin­ish of your paint job.

But pro­fes­sional painters of­ten also tint the primer by mix­ing it with a small amount of

top­coat paint. This trick en­hances the abil­ity of the top­coat to hide the primed sur­face com­pletely.

AVOID LAP MARKS

Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by un­even lay­ers of paint build-up. It hap­pens when you roll over paint that’s al­ready partly dry.

To avoid them, keep a wet edge by paint­ing the full height of the wall then mov­ing over slightly so you can over­lap the last stroke with the next.

PAINT FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM

Ama­teurs of­ten have tell­tale drips and spat­ters at the end of a paint job, but pros paint right over their mis­takes as they work their way down the wall.

Once an area starts to dry, it’s best to leave it alone. Go­ing back over it can leave marks and colour streaks in the paint sur­face.

STORE YOUR BRUSHES PROP­ERLY

If you’re done for the day but still have more paint­ing to do to­mor­row, there’s no need to go through the la­bo­ri­ous process of clean­ing your paint­brushes and rollers.

In­stead, sim­ply brush or roll off the ex­cess paint, wrap the brushes and rollers in cling­film and place in the fridge to keep them fresh. The next day, sim­ply re­move them from cold stor­age 30 min­utes be­fore paint­ing – they’ll be sup­ple and ready to use.

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