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Author Kevin Schaben
10 Painting Tips every painter should know
- Before taping any woodwork, wipe with a dry cloth. When taping use a 7 in 1 or putty knife to press the edge of the tape down.
- Tape up a new roller using a white tacky tape. When you remove the tape loose roller hairs should come with it instead of staying on your walls.
- When rolling a wall make sure on the final coat to finish every roller line in the same direction. I always finish on the down stroke, this prevents flashing.
- After sanding spackle, use a 4 inch roller and prime over the area with oil primer. This will add a stipple similar to what is present on the existing walls. This is a great way to prevent a flat area against a wall with stipple sticking out.
- When removing wallpaper it is almost always sufficient to use water only. When wetting the wallpaper continue to apply more water with a garden pump sprayer every three minutes until it comes off.
- Box your paint. Quite simply if you are using 3 gallons of the same color mix them together in a larger container. This will make sure every coat is consistent.
- Inspect the woodwork before you begin. Home owners will go over every job with a critical eye. It is imperative you point out previous paint carryover or damage before your work starts.
- After removing wallpaper it is absolutely essential to use an oil primer. A latex primer is only delaying future issues. Down the road the paint will blister and alligator. (cracks like alligator skin)
- Use a urethane sealant on an exterior. Regular caulk will only last a few years. Urethane caulk is expensive and difficult to use but well worth the investment. Your customers will appreciate the extra effort.
- The customer is always right! My best referral sources are the jobs I wanted to run from in the beginning. Persevere and do a great job for a lifelong customer.
Kevin Schaben Owner/Operator www.paintingandwallpaperomaha.com
A Room for Improvement Painting and Wallpaper Removal Omaha