Pain-free paint­ing

Any­one can paint a room, but be sure to use good tools for bet­ter re­sults

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Buy qual­ity

Avoid cheap brushes as they don’t hold or spread paint well and of­ten shed hairs, ru­in­ing all your hard work.

ma­te­rial mat­ters

Syn­thetic brushes are best with wa­ter-based paints as they don’t ab­sorb wa­ter and swell, giv­ing a bet­ter fin­ish. nat­u­ral bris­tles are best for sol­vent-based paints as they dis­perse the paint evenly.

roll up, roll up

Rollers are ideal to cover large sur­faces quickly – buy the cor­rect pile for the type of paint and sur­face you’re work­ing on. Short pile suits flat sur­faces, medium pile works with most walls. Pick long pile for tex­tured sur­faces or ma­sonry walls, and foam rollers for gloss or var­nish

tight fit

Ra­di­a­tor rollers are a small roller on the end of a long, flex­i­ble han­dle to reach be­hind ra­di­a­tors. A cage roller is eas­ier to work with than cheaper sin­gle-rod ver­sions and gives bet­ter re­sults for a few ex­tra pounds.

Cut a mouse mat into small pads and glue un­der ta­ble and Chair legs to stop them scratch­ing a wood floor

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