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The Anatomy of the Perfect Paint Job


21 Jan 2019

The act of painting itself is not that complicated. If you have ever taken a brush into your own hands and decided to do your walls as a DIY expert on your first try, you were almost certainly up for a rude awakening. Chances are you haven’t prepared well and your eye for details is not well developed.

I remember the first paintjob of my own room resulted in stained floors and some truly patchy surfaces, but I was young and inexperienced. Could it really be that hard, even though it sounds so simple? All you need is perseverance and a will to learn in order to finally crack the “infinitely” complex anatomy of a perfect paint job.


Where do you start?

Before you prep the room, prep yourself. One of the worst things you could do is starting off with the wrong mindset - and such state of mind is usually triggered by hunger, a packed schedule and discomfort. The right color creates a specific mood in your room, but you can surely affect the end result if you are not in the proper mood as you bring it into existence.

Find the right, disposable clothes and the proper jumpsuit for the job, as comfort is pivotal. Prepare some snacks and drinks in advance since hunger leads to sloppy work. Clear your schedule so you won’t be in a hurry to finish it off. When you are nervous, accidents can happen. Beyond that, you should proceed to prep the room.

How meticulously should you prep?

The amount of time invested in meticulous prepping pays off in two ways. For one, the longer you prep - the shorter the paint job. In addition, meticulous prepping gives you more room to fumble. If you’ve never repainted the room, you should probably hire professionals just for this step alone. In the endless sea of establishments offering such services, you should aim to choose the one that has the most experience for a reasonable price, as these painters servicing Sydney, who offer an amazing bang for your buck.

If you insist on doing this by yourself, you should proceed by grouping your furniture in the middle of the room and covering everything - every square inch of the floor and your furniture - completely. If you can, cover the knobs as well. Finally, do not forget to clean the dust off the walls before you splatter the paint all over them.

So, what color should one choose for this splatter?

This is a huge decision. Of course, you shouldn’t even think about starting to paint or hiring a professional, for that matter, before you have made a definitive color choice. It is a process that often entails a “conclave” of family members, but if you all feel unsure about the choices, the most recommendable action is to hang several sample colors in your room and observe how they look depending on the shifting lighting and the position of the room.


What tools should be used?

People often fall into a peculiar trap. They venture out to purchase high-quality tools but end up purchasing the cheapest variants. When it comes to brushes, the price tag means something and it can make a difference. If you want a solid paint job, invest in high-quality tools. A 2.5-inch angle sash brush and a three-eight-inch roller cover nap are the basic “ingredients” that will cover most surfaces and angles.

How should the painting look (in broad strokes)?

There are many techniques for painting rooms, but, in broad strokes, you should work top to bottom. Start off with the ceiling - this is the hardest part and, after you’ve done it, you will feel as if you can tackle any painting challenge that comes your way after. Now, when it comes to the ceiling and the upper corners of the walls, you should avoid using ladders. Instead, purchase a fitting extension pole for your roller and deliver yourself of an infernal realm of back pain.

What about paint finishes?

If we are discussing interiors, especially living spaces, you should definitely go with flat paint as it shows fewer imperfections. Matte is good for the walls that see a lot of wear and tear and they are more washable to boot. Choose between satin and semi-gloss for areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, depending on your preference. If you have orangepeel walls, semi-gloss usually gives it integrity.

Even the simplest homeproject activities such as a paint job and lawn mowing can be messed up royally. They require the finesse of a confident and experienced hand. When you come down to it, it appears to be simple only on the superficial level, and one needs to learn about a range of tricks in order to “execute” the perfect paint job, and even though most of those tricks can be learned in theory, nothing can replace the real experience.