Ten top painting tips from the pros – and some rookie mistakes to avoid

6.Sand, then dust, thorough (if necessary)

A smooth, even surface is crucial to how your paintwork will look in the end. “Sand the walls to remove lumps and fill cracks with a filler,” says Solly. “Make sure you prime the filler before applying a top coat so the filler doesn’t show through.”

For many interior projects, when the walls are already in good shape, often all that is required is a quick wall clean and you can start painting your top coats – no primer required. Check with your Resene ColorShop team about the right preparation for your project.

Then dust it off thoroughly. Make sure any sanded surface is free of dust. “You can use a tack cloth or a damp rag to do this,” says Solly. “Some people even vacuum the walls!”

7. Glue it on
Freehand cutting is difficult. So, use a good quality painter’s tape with low tack to get a clean, straight edge between your painted surfaces, especially if you’re new to home improvement.

8. Roll as close as possible
While the incision is still wet, roll the walls as close as possible to the corners and the ceiling. Solly says this would keep as many brush marks as possible from cutting in.

9. Get good advice
According to Solly, if you’ve never painted before, the best thing to do is go to a Resene ColorShop and talk to a painting professional. “Sometimes painting is seen as an easy task, but there’s a lot more to it than you think. To get the best job, you have to know the right products that can be used for the different jobs.”

10. Packing

Wrap the brush and roller in a plastic bag or clear cling film between layers to avoid washing up. You can often do this on large painting projects to save a lot of time and water. Use the same plastic bag or cling film for each color.

When you’re done, return your empty cans and pails to the Resene PaintWise service for recycling. All old paints from previous paintwork that you do not need can be returned at the same time.

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