Tips For Do-It-Yourself Painting

So, you've decided to take the plunge and do some painting on your own. Whether you're painting a wall in a new nursery, an old cabinet you want to bring back to life, or anything in between, you'll be glad to know that painting is not difficult. All you need is the right supplies (like quality paint), a little know-how, and the ability to follow some simple tips.

If you can provide those simple things, then there's no reason your paint job shouldn't turn out great, even if it's your first time holding a brush.

Be Careful to Avoid Unsightly Lap Marks

The last thing you want when painting is to end up with a bunch of lap marks on your wall or other surface. Lap marks are basically layers of uneven paint or obvious marks from where you've rolled over drying paint.

To avoid these ugly marks, always run up and down the full length of the surface that you are painting. The only time you should paint backward or overlap the paint is when you have thick spots or spots without enough paint. If you do have to go over a spot again, just go over the whole section in another quick swoop to avoid obvious markings.

Consider Using a Paint Roller

Some people have great success with paint brushes, especially those with long arms. If you're not having quite as much success with a paint brush, however, consider using a paint roller.

Paint rollers can help you to get smoother, more even paint. And, for some people, they are just more intuitive to use than paint brushes. You can give both options a try and see which one you like better. Most people, though, do prefer paint rollers for their easy application.

Use a Light to Spot Mistakes

Everyone is bound to make a few mistakes while painting.

To help you find any errors in your paint job, use a flashlight to shine light on the surface of the painted object. Go over it carefully. The close-up light will help to illuminate any flaws in the paint job, such as missed spots. Once you've spotted the flaws, you can fix them quickly and easily and then let the paint dry. By the time you're done, all the mistakes should be gone, and your paint job should be positively perfect.

As you can see, it's very easy to get a perfect paint job every time and with every project. Just follow these helpful tips, and you should be good to go. For help finding paint products, contact companies like Koontz Hardware.