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  • Writer's pictureBill Gagne

3 Tips for a Better Paint Job

Whether it’s to finish of a major renovation project or just to refresh your existing space, painting is a project anyone can take on. Only practice can make you a better painter but these tips will help you get a better result on your project.

Buy Better Paint

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. If you upgrade the paint to a higher level, it will show in your end result.

But don’t focus on the brand of paint, focus on the grade of the paint. We use Duration from Sherwin Williams on our paint projects but whether it’s Sherwin Williams, Dulux, Benjamin Moore or whoever you choose, they all have different levels of paint.

You want to buy the best paint for the job you’re doing and not necessarily the most expensive paint possible.

An easy way to figure out what paint you should be using is to ask at your local paint store what product the best painters use and why. It will cost you a few extra bucks to upgrade your paint but it will be worth it in the end.

Upgrade Your Roller and Paint Brush

If you’re going to upgrade your paint, you should upgrade your supplies. You want to get a 19mm roller and spend a few bucks on a 2” or 2.5” brush, whichever you’re more comfortable with.

The thicker roller helps avoid roller streaks and a better brush makes your life easier too. If you upgrade your paint and cheap out on what you are using to put the paint on the walls, it will show when you are done. Every little advantage counts in your end product.

Get More Paint on the Roller/Brush

When I started painting I figured that because the walls were wet, I was getting enough paint on the walls. I was wrong.

I’m not saying you should be putting it on like peanut butter, but don’t be afraid to get some drips going on the roller when you start throwing paint on the walls.

Upgrading your paint, using a 19mm roller and a good brush, will help make sure you get enough paint on the walls.

You can even buy rollers that have a swirl pattern on them. The idea is that once you can see the swirl pattern when you’re rolling the walls, it’s time to put more paint on the roller. It helped me when I started out. Maybe it will do the same for you.

Parting shots

None of these tips will give you a steadier hand to cut those straight lines at the ceiling but it will make your walls turn out like a more professional product.

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