Professional Painting Tips for Contractors
Are you a DIYer that has been inspired to start flipping houses? Or maybe you’re a budding professional painter who is trying to start or improve their own business. Whether you’re a beginner or a painting veteran—you want your work to look good and last a long time. Read on for some of our professional painting tips and tricks that are sure to help perfect your skills!
Properly Prep Surface
A pro painter will know how to properly prepare the surfaces they are painting. There are the obvious steps like patching up holes and cracks, removing loose paint, and washing walls to get rid of dust and grime—but there are other tasks that are easily overlooked. For example, caulking gaps where the molding meets the wall, or removing hardware and lighting fixtures that may get in the way.
Use Quality Painting Tools
When it comes to professional painting tips and tricks, this one is a no-brainer: invest in quality supplies. Sometimes, the true difference between a finished paint job and a fantastic paint job is just a good, reliable paint brush. After all, there’s nothing worse than finding a bunch of paint bristles dried into the paint after a long day of work!
It’s also important to not skimp on drop cloths. Plastic and paper drop cloths can be slippery, especially when used on carpet, and you don’t want to get something that easily tears. Canvas drop cloths are worth the investment, especially if you’re in the painting business. Not only are they the most durable and can be reused multiple times, but the fabric absorbs drips and spills, leaving the covered area truly protected.
Use the Right Primer
In addition to properly prepping walls, trim, or whatever surface you’re painting, it’s just as important to pay attention to the type of primer you’ll need to use. Think about the surface area you’re working with. Painting a brand new drywall will need a quality acrylic primer or drywall resurfacing primer. If you’re preparing to paint the wall a dark color be sure to use a gray primer. Is there a weird smell trapped in the walls? There are odor-sealing primers that’ll take care of that issue too!
If you’re using a spray application of paint, it’s super important that you remember to backroll. Backrolling helps work the primer and paint into your surface, creating a more reliable seal and promoting better adhesion. It also makes surfaces easier to touch up later.
Learn to “Cut In”
To tape or not to tape? This is a slightly controversial topic amongst professional painters. Everyone knows the potential problems that may arise when using tape; paint might seep into the edges of loose tape, or it might tear and peel off the walls when tape is removed.
While using tape isn’t bad, learning to “cut in” is one of the skills that sets apart a good painter from a great painter. It takes time to learn, but it makes a huge difference! If you do find yourself in a situation where tape is required, pay attention to the details. Use long pieces of tape the minimize gaps where paint might bleed through. Prevent paint from bleeding into the edges by bedding the tape with a putty knife. Once you have finished and the paint has dried, use a blade to score edges before removing the tape. This will help ensure clean lines and a professional finish to your paint job.