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How to Paint




Step 1. Prepare the surface



Start by carefully examining your walls for any gaps or cracks, and fill these with a drywall or crack filler to ensure a smooth level surface.


Any openings should be thoroughly cleaned with soapy water (and rinsed), then gently filled. Using your filling knife, gently press filler into the cavity until you are satisfied with the evenness. Before smoothing down with sandpaper, allow to dry.


Use fine sandpaper to remove any flaky plaster or flaking paint. You want your paint surface to be as smooth and even as possible for the most beautiful finish.


Before painting, make sure your walls are clean. Put on your protective gloves and scrub surfaces with soap and water.


Using a damp sponge, give the walls one more cleaning to remove any traces of soap and leave to dry.


Step 2. Use masking tape



Make sure all sockets, doorknobs, and skirting are shielded from paint drips before you begin painting.


Painting experts recommend placing the masking tape along the edges for a neat and tidy finish.


Some contend that painter tape, which has a more robust backing than masking tape, is preferable. This strong backing minimizes the usual problems with general-purpose masking tape, such as wrinkling, residue, and ripping.


Step 3. Fixing Imperfections


Before beginning to apply the second coat of paint, it's crucial to correct any defects in order to guarantee that the surface will remain smooth. Any unlucky drips or rough areas can be removed with a sander. This will enable you to achieve the best possible result.


Step 4. Removing the tape


The greatest concern for most people when it comes to removing the tape is that you might unintentionally remove some of the paint and harm the appearance of the wall.


It's very risky to do so if the wall hasn't entirely dried out. For this reason, we advise carrying out the task with a box cutter. To achieve a clean peel off, just run the cutter along the tape's edge where it touches the wall.


A great suggestion is to either wait until the paint is entirely dry the following day or remove the tape right away while it is still wet. You run the danger of removing some of the recently applied paint if the paint is only half dry.


Step 5. Put your brushes and rollers in the fridge


If you are going to continue painting the next day, wrap your brushes and rollers in a plastic back and seal securely, then place them in the fridge. This prevents them from completely drying out and they will be ready for use the next day.

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