How to paint walls
- To allow yourself enough space, clear the area of furniture. Lay a drop sheet over any furniture that may be at risk of paint splashes as well as on all flooring.
- A clear surface is a MUST before starting. Even if the wall you’re painting looks clean, it is a good idea to give it a wipe over with some sugar soap to ensure the best application.
- Tape up all trims to avoid paint splashes and drips. Once you have thoroughly stirred your paint, you’re ready to begin cutting in. Cutting-in is a technique whereby you paint with a brush the areas that can’t be reached with a roller.
- Dip your brush roughly halfway into the can & tap the brush on the side of the paint pot to remove the excess. Place your brush at the edge of the wall. Hold it however you find most comfortable, we recommend holding it like a pencil and placing some pressure on it.
- Use smooth strokes and cut into corners, we recommend starting a couple of centimetres out from the corners and work your way IN toward them. When you work from the corners OUT it tends to create a build-up of paint which is hard to hide when rolling out the wall.
- Once you have finished cutting in all wall edges you’re ready to roll out the wall. Stir remaining paint in can thoroughly and pour into a paint tray.
- To load your roller, dip half of it into the paint tray and then begin rolling it back and forth in the paint tray to get an even coat of paint around the entire roller.
- Start from where you cut in and roll across the wall. For best results, roll as far into the brushed area as possible.
- Paint the wall using either a W or M technique, starting a roller’s width out from the edge of the wall, and rolling from mid-height towards the ceiling, and then down towards the skirting. Each time this step is completed you should have enough paint on the roller to cover about a 1-meter width of the wall
- Once you have completed half the standard wall, you will need to reroll this section with an unloaded roller. This will give your wall a smooth consistent finish and hide any streaky brush strokes. Ensure the handle side of your roller is to the right. Then with almost zero pressure, starting from the top left corner of your wall with almost zero pressure roll straight down your wall until you reach the bottom. Remove your roller, return to the top and slightly overlap where you just rolled so that each panel rubs away the line from the previous.
- Repeat the above steps for each 1m width section of the wall until the entire wall is completed.
- 12.Allow at least 2 hours before painting a second coat and remember to allow the second coat to dry completely.
- And you’re done! Enjoy your freshly painted walls