5 Top-Secret Painting Pro Tips

Written by Andres Cuellar
Updated October 14, 2016
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Get a consistent interior paint job with painting methods that professionals use.
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Use these professional painting secrets for the finishing touches on your next home renovation.

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When it comes to painting your home, you want to get the best results possible to look like a professional painter. This requires implementing tactics that top professionals in the industry use.

Take a look at these painting secrets that professionals at Texas Professional Painting use every day to ensure you get the most out of your home makeover!

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1. Use a paint shield

Instead of spending money on overpriced painter’s tape, consider purchasing a paint shield. Essentially, this can be anything with a straight edge. Whether it’s a dustpan, wide putty knife or a large piece of cardboard, you’ll find it not only saving you money but also diminishing the amount of time it takes to paint a room.

2. Put holes in the paint can’s gutters

Have you ever finished up a tidy paint job only to have paint splatter from the can’s gutters when you close the lid? Prevent this by drilling holes in the gutter.

When you drill several holes in the gutter of the paint can, you allow the pain that collects on the edge to drip back in. This saves you on costly materials and messes to clean up as well.

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Always roll in vertical lines to cover a wall evenly.

3. Roll paint along the edges for even coverage

If you’ve ever painted a house, you know the paint you rolled onto walls with a roller looks different from the same paint applied with a paintbrush. The inconsistency stands out like a sore thumb due to its texture and how well it covers.

To eliminate these painting discrepancies, take a 3-inch roller and trim the outside edges at a tapered angle.

Painting corners with a roller rather than with a paintbrush will not only eliminate tracks as you paint, but it will also allow you to get a closer, straighter and smoother edge when you are painting against perpendicular walls.

4. Feather out paint

If you’re painting the wall and find it difficult to keep a wet edge, feather out your painting rolls. This allows you to re-wet the brush and continue painting without getting those ugly blotches in the wall from uneven coats.

5. Always paint in order

A bad paint job in a room is always easy to spot. To eliminate any bad spots, drip lines or uneven layers, try to paint the border first, then paint along the edge of the wall, and finally paint the remainder of the wall.

Also, when you’re painting the wall, be sure to paint in long vertical strokes. This encourages a more even paint job that comes out looking like a professional just completed it.

What painting secrets do you use to get the best results when painting a house? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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