House Painting Tips for Homeowners

Paint: Choose And Use Brushes And Rollers

 Which brush and which roller to choose according to the support to paint? How to use them, then clean them for reuse? Overview of tools and methods.

Prefer bristles made of natural silk (pig hair) for painting, and synthetic or mixed fibers for more fluid products (stains, treatments ...).

Favor the roll for flat surfaces (even narrow) or with soft curves: ceilings, walls, doors, boat hulls.

Prepare Your Equipment

The brush is best suited for painting small or raised surfaces (frames, windows, furniture, fences ...), and for the borders of large surfaces before performing roller filling.

When first used, a new brush always loses some bristles.

To get rid of it, beat the tool several times against a ridge.

To remove "flying" fibers from a new roll, rinse under running water. Then make it dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Use the brushes correctly

Also called "brushes", their flat or round shape distinguishes the brushes.

The formats of the round brushes are designated by numbers 3/0 to 8, which correspond to diameters of 15 to 32 mm.

The "thumbs" (rounded-tip brushes) are used when no tense effect is sought. They load themselves more in painting. Their bristle length is less than that of rechampir brushes (pointed end) which allow to precisely apply the paint to the bottom of the reliefs and on complex surfaces: angles wall ceiling, moldings

  • A rechampir brush medium is perfect on the moldings.
  • Hold it between three fingers (like a pen).
  • Use a metal screen to prevent drips.
  • To paint the inside of a radiator, the back of pipes, use a long-handled bent brush.
  • Hold it entirely by pressing the index at the top.

Mix The Paint Thoroughly

No painting without a minimum of preparation. For more comfortable use or before applying the product on absorbent support (new wood), the color must be diluted with the appropriate solvent (water or white spirit) by 5 to 10% on average (see the instructions).

Even without dilution, most paints (except gels) need to be brewed before and during use to homogenize the components. Finally, Loveland painters suggests that if you add a dye or combine two products, the mix should be vigorously shaken.

  • Divide the drill-mounted mixer to the bottom of the pot.
  • Start slowly, then dose the acceleration so as not to overflow.
  • Wait for the stop to take the tool out.
  • When it comes to a small paint pot, opt for a wooden shaker or use the blade of a clean screwdriver.

Paint With Fantasy Rolls

Floor Painting: Grid Quickly

The V-shaped profile of the “special angles” roller adapts well to the tracing of thin lines. The edges are not absolutely clear, but all the charm comes from this artisanal rendering. Hence the idea of ​​using it for a colored grid (here of two colors) on a carpet of coconut fibers.

Coconut floor paint

After materializing the traces by strained son blocked on both sides, the roll is used freehand.

To obtain a covering marking, load the periphery of the wheel: pour a small amount of paint in the bottom of a tray and roll several movements back and forth, without pressing to extract the last drops unlike a roller classic. Under pressure, the foam deforms and may thicken the line. When the line fades, reload the roulette wheel.

Try to get clean lines without using masking tape. namely, the “helping hand” is taken quickly.

Leopard-like painting

This "burnt" polyester foam roller is normally used to give a "rustic rendering" relief to freshly applied coatings (facades and interiors). In version "paint roller", it offers a rather funny "leopard" speckled effect. Available in sleeves of small, medium and large width, the "special plaster" roll is used to visually animate an empty surface (a picture on a wall, for example). Here, the perimeter of the window is underlined by a strip made with a sleeve of small width (7.5 cm).

  • The realization.
  • As for the previous exercise, pour some paint in the bottom of the tray and do not overload the roller.
  • Protect the frame by placing pieces of masking tape.
  • Mark the four angled angles and draw the two vertical stripes.
  • For horizontal strips, place the adhesives against the outer edge of the vertical stripes.

Paint with a rag

If the rag method requires time and patience to paint a speckled wall, pocket roll painting is a fun and fast technical alternative. It also offers a more regular result.

Take an ordinary roll of a width adapted to the surface to be covered. Style the sleeve of a plastic bag and bind it with rubber bands irregularly spaced (at an angle or perpendicular). Lightly fluff the plastic by pulling it between the elastics.

cloth effect paint with rollers

  • The realization.
  • Pass a brush of the chosen color on the surface of the bag around the sleeve.
  • Spin lightly in the bottom of a tray to spread the paint over the entire surface.
  • Paint normally.
  • To enhance the effect: pass a second layer.
  • To mitigate it, apply a layer of the background color.

Last asset: after use, the roll is all clean!

Painting: Use Color At Home

Color makes it possible to play with volumes and atmospheres. For an aesthetic and homogeneous rendering, the application must be done on a clean, dry and healthy support.

Paint in color

  • The color alone creates the atmosphere of a room.
  • The choice of tint – warm (red, yellow …) and / or cold (green, blue …) – is enough to change the perception of space.
  • It can also be applied as a discrete touch on a single wall to enhance an architectural element or play contrasts with the furniture.
  • It finally makes it possible to conceal the irregularities of the walls.
  • Be careful however to chromatic harmonies.
  • Ready to use, murals come in an almost unlimited choice of shades, thanks to the tinting machines available in all major DIY stores.

Prepare the wall

  • Lightly sand the surface (medium-grit sandpaper), to remove the rough edges.
  • Dust and fill the cracks with the filler if necessary.
  • Paint adheres better on clean support: clean the walls with a damp sponge soaked in Saint Marc’s laundry diluted in water.
  • Rinse with clear water.
  • After drying, apply masking tape to mark the surfaces to be painted (here, skirting boards and cornices remain as they are).
  • Be careful to be careful at the junctions.

Paint the edge and angles of the wall

After mixing well in the jar, pour a little paint into a truck and, using a rechampir brush, start applying it to the bottom of the walls, just above the skirting boards.

Proceed in the same way for the surfaces to be painted at the cornices.