Ever wondered how a professional or commercial painter achieves such a high quality finish to their painting services? Aside from years of practice, there are also a number of trade secrets used by painters to ensure every job they complete is nothing less than perfection. So, shhh, don’t tell any painting specialists but here are some tips to help you yourself paint like a pro.
- Take your time to prep the room – from sanding down the walls to scraping off old paintwork to filling cracks and repairing damages, often a commercial painter will spend more time preparing the room than they will painting it. This is because in order to get the very smoothest, cleanest finish, the surface must be immaculate and ready to receive the new colour.
- Use drop cloths – laying a cotton bed sheet down is going to do nothing in the long run to protect the flooring underneath. Any significant paint splatters will seep through and you may not notice until it’s too late. Paint specialists also don’t like using plastic sheeting because paint which is spilt on these doesn’t dry quickly and makes the job far messier. A drop cloth, however, is made from thick, heavy duty material which both absorbs the paint and protects your room.
- Use a tinted primer – firstly, a primer is an undercoat which painting specialists use to ensure the colour of the final coat is both uniform and vibrant. A tinted primer is often better than a white primer because it more completely covers any of the maintenance and repair work the painting service has undertaken during the preparatory stage.
- Add a paint extender – sometimes referred to by painting specialists as paint conditioner, a paint extender brings two benefits to any painting project. Firstly, the paint dries more slowly. You may think this sounds like a negative but in fact a delay in the drying will allow you to overlap recently painted areas without the additional paint adding a darkened layer. Paint extender also changes the consistency of the paint in such a way that brush strokes are no longer visible (well, barely). Commercial painters use paint extender when working on surfaces such as woodwork and drywall.
- Box your paints – if you’re painting an entire room, chances are you’ve bought several pots of paint. And whilst they may all claim to be the same colour, subtle difference between batches do occur and can be rather obvious once the paint is on the walls. Most professional painting services undergo ‘boxing’; a technique to eliminate this problem. All of the paint is mixed together in a large bucket before a brush even touches the wall. This way, you can ensure the colour is consistent throughout the project.
- Load up your brush – one of the most common traits of a DIY painter is that they dunk their brush (too far) into the paint and then wipe off significant quantities on the lip of the tub. Why? Commercial painters ask. Surely you want the paint on the brush … Painting specialists load up a third of their brush with paint and then rather than scraping off any excess, they tap the brush sharply on the edge of the pot to knock off any heavy drips.
So, there you have it: a few tips from industry experts. Whilst you may feel confident trying out these new techniques at home, if you’re redecorating a commercial space, we recommend you find someone to help you. Your business deserves nothing less than perfection so contact a painting service like Grange Banks today to find out how our expert commercial painters can help you.