Painting any room can be more challenging than it first appears if you haven’t given any forethought. In fact, the best way to approach this task is by taking certain steps. While everyone has their own method, there is an order that should be adhered to so that you can enjoy the best results possible
Let's break this down into a 5-step process:
1) The Ceiling
The ceiling should always be painted first. This allows you to effectively cover the surface with at least two coats while not having to worry about any over-spray (the effect of excess paint being sprayed onto the walls) by the roller. When painting the ceiling, you should always use a roller with a double arm frame. The double-arm frame ensures support at both ends of the roller. This offers even pressure across the width of the roller during use as well as even coverage, We would recommend a 12” perfection medium pile roller and the prestige stainless double arm frame.
2) The Walls
Once the ceiling has dried, the walls should be cut and rolled with at least two coats (stubborn areas should likewise be primed before the top coats are applied). Do not worry about getting paint on any trim; this can be rectified in the next step.
3) The Skirting Boards
Skirting boards are generally painted with a semi-gloss or a high-gloss finish (why not try a Perfection pure bristle brush or the Perfection short pile midi roller next time you’re painting skirting?). To ensure accuracy of the cut line, you can simply use masking/painters tape to cover the immediate area above the trim. Just make certain that the wall paint has dried first!
4) The Window and Door Frames
Next on the list are windows and door frames, and they are much like the skirting boards. Never forget that preparation is key to this task. Make certain that any nail holes are filled, that the edges of the frames are properly caulked against the wall and that all rough edges are sanded down before you apply the finish coat.
5) The Doors
When painting doors, you have 2 options available to you; Speed or finish, both of which relate to panel and flush doors. When working with panelled doors, always paint the panels first. For the best finish, use a Prestige sash brush to get into the profile of the panels for even coverage and a Prestige medium pile mini roller for all of the flat surfaces. Now most importantly, finish off with the Prestige laying off brush. This will give a flat, high gloss finish. (The flatter the surface, the higher the gloss will appear)
If you’re happy with a slight orange peel effect, then opt for the speed option. Again, use a sash brush to ensure even coverage in the corners of the panels but use a Prestige short pile mini roller for all the flat surfaces.
You should lastly tackle the doors. If you have panelled doors, it is best to use a sash brush to follow the grain of the wood. Should the door be completely flat, you can choose to use a brush or even a standard roller after the hard-to-reach areas are cut in beforehand. Much like the walls, the ceiling and the trim, two coats will be sufficient in most cases.
These are the basic steps that are involved when painting a room. By following such tips, you can rest assured in knowing that even the most challenging of tasks will be completed quickly and easily. The end result is well worth the effort!
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