DIY: “Rule to Remember” When Painting Any Room for a “Smoother” and “Professional” Finish

Painting can be very expensive if you hire a professional to do the job, which is why many do the DIY job themselves. Although a lot of research may be necessary beforehand, it can often lead to the same results. However, to ensure a “smoother” and “professional” finish, an expert has shared the best way to paint any room in the house.

According to The Paint Shed, cleaning walls and tools before using paint is essential to achieving a professional finish.

Michael Rolland, Interior Expert and Managing Director of The Paint Shed, explained: “It may seem obvious, but ensuring your walls are spotless before you start painting will give you a smoother finish and application.

“Use a damp cloth on the surface of the wall, you can also use a sugar soap or a mixture of washing up liquid and water if you need a more thorough cleaning of high traffic areas or those that have been exposed to grease.

“Remember to check hidden areas like behind radiators to keep your paintwork as clean as possible. Although you don’t necessarily need to paint this spot, the remaining dust could seep into your paint.

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If the tape is difficult to remove, it may be necessary to use a hair dryer to loosen it, before slowly removing it.

The paint expert added: ‘Take your time lifting the painter’s tape, pull it back on itself, pulling it back at a 45 degree angle.

“Once you’ve completed the work in progress, be sure to save any leftover paint because you never know when you’ll need to do a few quick touch-ups.

“One trick you can use to store leftover paint is to use plastic wrap over the top of the paint can before putting the lid on.

“This will prevent dust, dirty and chipped paint from falling into fresh paint the next time you open it, especially if it has been stored in a shed or garage.”

DIYers should make sure they paint with as much natural light as possible to ensure walls are smooth.

Daylight will expose the need for another coat of paint as well as any missed sections.

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