Ten handyman painting tips

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Painting older houses can be tricky but very rewarding

Painting is one of tasks that most people take on as there first DIY job, but many people struggle to get a good finish. Woodwork, such as skirting, door frames and window frames are often the most difficult areas to paint. Common issues include:

  • Drips, (or paint noses as some people like to call them) that dry solid into drip shapes after you have painted.
  • Lumpy finishes.
  • Peeling


Below is a list of tips from our resident expert painter that will help you to produce a satisfyingly good paint job.

1. Work from right to left if you’re right handed (the other way round if your left handed) so that your arm is away from your body.


2. For woodwork, your brushstrokes should be vertical or horizontal (according to the grain of the wood) to prevent brush marks spoiling the finished surface.


3. For a neat line along skirting boards, around door- and window frames, and between ceiling and wall, place the brush a short distance away from the edge and press down so the bristles fan out to reach the edge.


4. Be careful not to disturb soft freshly applied paint and don’t try to neaten up the edges until the paint is hard.


5. For high quality finish on your woodwork, apply two two or three top coats and rub down carefully with wire wool or wet and dry paper between each coat.


6. To avoid drips, runs and sags, make sure there isn’t too much paint on your brush/roller and brush it out across the surface.


7. Brush out any runs as you go but don’t attempt to brush them out once the surface has started to dry.


8. To avoid specks and and lumps on the surface, make sure your brush is clean and that the surface is completely free of dirt and dust.


9. During a break put the lids back on tins and put brushes, rollers or pads (complete with their trays) inside a sealed plastic bag to stop them drying out and attracting dust and dirt.


10. To avoid a patchy finish on walls, only take a break when an entire wall is complete.

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