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.