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    Pro tips for DIY painting

    Published on 17 April 2019, Wednesday, 5:01 AM

    It may seem like a simple enough process, but learning how to paint a home isn't always easy. From preparing for your project through to selecting the proper tools for application and minimising paint spills, there's a lot to consider.

    If you're undertaking a DIY painting project these holidays, bear these tips in mind for the most professional finish possible.


    Prep your room before you even think about opening the paint can lid. Remove as much furniture as possible and cover the rest with a drop cloth to prevent paint spills from damaging carpet or objects.

    Scrape away any old, flaking paint and use a primer-sealing on any high-gloss enamel painted surfaces before repainting. You should also fill in any chips, cracks or dents in walls before the painting commences.

    Wash any dust or debris off walls with a damp cloth before you start painting. This will reduce the chance of any fibres becoming trapped in the paint to leave you with undesirable finish.

    Use high-quality painter's tape to mask around windows and any other areas you don't want paint on, such as skirting boards and ceiling mouldings that are to be painted a different colour.

    After applying the tape, run a tool over the edge to secure it firmly in place.


    Reputable paint dealers will be able to advise you on what type of brush or roller is best for your job. Things to consider include naps (fibre lengths) on rollers - usually, the rougher the surface of the wall you're painting, the longer the fibres on the roller should be.

    In general, synthetic rollers and brushes work best with water-based or latex paints. You can use natural ones when working with oil-based paints.

    Rollers can apply large volumes of paint quickly and with a smooth, even finish, but brushes are essential for precise "cutting in" (where the paint reachers corners and edges of a surface). One good tip for a consistent finish around edges is to brush the paint on to ensure a precise application in tight spots, then spread this out along the wall with a roller so it's as even as possible.

    Painting the trim

    Wait until the walls are completely dry before peeling the painter's tape away from the trim. Do this slowly and consistently to reduce the risk of pulling any paint from the wall. A blast of air from a hair dryer can help to loosen the tape bond, making it easier to peel away.

    Then paint around the trim to protect fresh walls from being brushed with an undesired colour. Paint the area closest to the ceiling first, move to door and window frames then skirting boards.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.