Tips on house painting
If you are new at painting I have a few tips that might
help you to get the job done smoothly and efficiently.
Don't think you can paint that spare room in the morning
and then have guests that night... does this ahead of
First you will need to repair any cracks or holes in the
plaster. Now the very simple ones you should be able to do
yourself. If you need to fix a hairline crack or a small
hole, buy some patching plaster at any hardware store,
read on the label to be sure you have the correct product.
Follow the directions, usually applying it with your thumb
or a putty knife.
After you have filled all the cracks and holes, then dust
the walls, ceilings, and windowsills as you don't want any
grease or grime still on the surface you will be painting.
If you do find grease or grime you'll need to clean
thoroughly and let the surface dry before painting.
If you are going to use a brush, buy one that is of good
quality as the others that are foam, etc. will not even
last or paint the surface well. You can use a good nylon
brush many times. You don't want to pick out tiny hairs
off the walls after you paint.
You will need several brushes: I would suggest buying a 4"
flat paintbrush that could be used for enamel, a paint and
varnish brush (3" wide for a lady, 4" for a man); a flat
trim brush, 3" wide; and an all-purpose l" brush for finer
detail work. Now even the best brushes could have a few
bristles loose so carefully look over your brushes before
dipping in paint. I also soak my new brushes in linseed
oil for a couple of days, then squeeze out the oil and
comb the bristles so they will be straight.
To use the paint brush, dip it into the paint at a depth
of about 2". Avoid overloading the brush. Tap out excess
paint again the inside of the can. Apply the paint with
bristles flat against the surface. Don't push the ends
into corners. Hold your brush firmly, but lightly. Never
allow your paint brushes to stand on the bristle ends.
If you plan to use a brush for several days, I would
suspend it overnight in linseed oil to keep the brist ends
from touching the bottom. As for cleaning the brushes I
would consult the local hardware store or paint department
for the best possible cleaner for your brushes. Many of
the newer brushes can be rinsed with water depending on
the type of paint used. Follow the directions on the
product you purchase for cleaning the paint brushes. When
the brushes are dry, comb or straighten out the bristles
and wrap them in aluminum foil or even plastic wrap to
keep out air and moisture and help them to hold their
Now if you prefer to use a roller along with the brushes
for the small areas, follow the specific directions on the
roller for the best results. I suggest this as there are
many types of paint rollers available today that need to
be used by the directions.
You will find roller painting very easy, as it allows you
to work quickly and continuously and does produce really
professional results. Always keeps the paint flowing so
that the edges won't have a chance to dry and leave
overlapping marks. After you have spread the paint with
crisscross strokes, then finish with long, vertical ones.
This will help you to compensate if there is any
unevenness in your painting. When you finish painting
clean the brush and the roller immediately, don't allow
them to dry as you might not be able to use them again.
I would also recommend covering any furniture in the room
with plastic drops cloths or old sheets as well as the
floor to avoid ruining upholstery or having to do a lot of