13 Top House Painting Secrets from Local House Painters

13 Top House Painting Secrets from Local House Painters
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    Painting plays a major role in enhancing the look of your home.

    Painters therefore, must have the necessary skill to ensure clients' satisfaction at the end of the painting project.


To find out what the pros know, let us look at some of the painting secrets of Imperial Painters Aurora professionals.

1) Sand Away Faults

The professionals will tell you that the only way to have impeccably painted walls is to begin painting on a smooth surface. Sandpaper is a commonly used material in preparing surfaces for painting, but there is a valuable technique involved if you want to achieve the best results.

Use a standing pole with a striking grit sanding paper and begin sanding the walls starting at the baseboard and to the ceiling. When you’re done, begin sanding horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling.

If you put too much pressure on the sanding pole, you could damage the wall. A sanding sponge is best for woodwork because it allows you to get into the crevices.

2) Protect Furniture

Remove all furniture in the room. If you cannot move them outside the room then, move them to the center and cover with plastic. This will prevent them from getting soiled by dust and paint drops. 

3) Use Tinted Primer

Painters generally use joint compounds to patch cracks and fill holes. If this is not done, the compounds will pull the moisture from the paint resulting in a flat, dull look. This problem is normally called flashing, this gives the wall a visibly different look from the other parts of the wall.


What do the pros recommend?  Tinted gray or a color that is similar to finish the paint. A more effective answer for wrapping the present paint color is the use of tinted primer. The coat painted on last will be more obvious and may also require a few layers more.  This works best with colors including red and orange, which may need more coats without using a primer.

4) Press Tape with Putty Knife

To prevent the paint from bleeding through you need to cover the wood with tape and run a putty knife over the tape to press it down and seal it on. This will definitely prevent paint bleeds.

Use blue tape rather than masking tape because masking tape will leave a sticky mark, which is very difficult to erase. Furthermore, the tape can get wavy and causes the paint to seep through into the wood.

Blue Tape is painter’s tape and will peel off easily and cleanly even when left on for days.

5) Use Paint Extender to Eliminate Brush and Lap marks

The professionals recommend mixing paint with paint extender (paint conditioner). The advantages of using the paint extender is two-fold.  Firstly, it reduces the drying time of the paint, which allows you to overlap the recently painted area thereby preventing lap marks.

Lap marks usually occur when you allow the painted area to dry and then you repaint it. Secondly, paint extender evens out the paint. Professionals prefer to use extenders when they’re painting woodwork, drywall, doors and cabinets. Manufacturers provide guidance as to the amount of extender needed for adding to each gallon of paint.

6) Use Canvas Drop Cloths

Never use bedsheets as drop cloths because they are thin and will not adequately protect your items from spills and splatters, and paint will seep through onto the floors.

The pros recommend that you use canvas drop cloths because they’re non-slippery and will absorb the spills and splatters. The canvas cloth is very flexible to move and is the perfect protection for your floor.

7) Finish One Wall Before Starting Another

If you want to get a seamless look, you’ll have to paint one wall and roll immediately before starting another wall. This will allow a blending of the brushed and rolled paint. Remember to use a damp cloth to cover the paint container while switching between brushing and rolling to prevent your tools or paint from drying out

8) Scrape (Don’t Tape) Windows

Taping your windows is not necessary. Paint most likely will get on the glass.  When this happens, ignore and allow the paint to dry. Once dried, use a razor blade to scrape it off. The paint will peel off easily. Ensure you leave the paint bond between the glass and the wood because if there is moisture this can cause the wood to rot.

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9) Box Paint for Consistent Color

The recommendation here is to combine all the cans in a 5-gallon bucket for color consistency. Failure to do so can result in color difference if you have to start a new can halfway.

10) Wash Roller Covers

Whether you buy inexpensive or expensive roller covers, it is vital that you wash them first before using them. Washing will remove the fuzz that usually comes off when you begin painting.  Use water and liquid soap to wash them. Run your hand along the covers to remove any lingering loose fibers. Once done you can begin using your roller covers, without drying them off.

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11) Clean Dirty Walls with Degreaser

The professionals recommend that you use a degreaser to remove grease and dirt marks from surfaces. Degreasers can cut through just about anything.

However, before you use them ensure you read carefully and follow the instructions written on the labels.

12) Start With a Loaded Brush

The pros use the load and go approach rather than the load and dump. In the “load and go” you load the brush with paint about 1 ½ inches at the bottom, then tap the sides of the container to get rid of the heavy drips. 

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13) Push Paint to Avoid Runs

You can prevent your brush loaded with paint from dumping too much paint along the trims and in the corners if you begin to brush about ½ inch away from the cut in the section where you need to apply the paint.  Once the brush unloads, move over gradually and trail the brush along the corner. Let the bristles push the paint gently against the cut where the walls meet. Do this several times so you cover the area completely.


Try these handy tips and tricks while painting your walls. Since they are recommended by the pros you can use them to your advantage. 

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