I was looking at some of the ugly lines created by paint fading off my walls when I decided that I should just go out and buy some paint to cover it up. After what seemed like hours painting my walls, I ended up with an obvious patch of cover-up paint that made my walls looked even worse. This is when I realized that I should always leave the painting task to one of the professional painters. After talking to some of these pros, I also realize that there's so much more to consider then just going out to buy a few cans of paint. Here are some tips from professional painters:


• Consider the weather

Every pro desires to do his work to perfection. Humidity does not allow fast drying and it makes the paint drip. If you want things done fast, then the last thing you would do is paint during the rainy season. However, if painting any other time is not an alternative, make the slow drying work to your advantage. As the paint takes it time to dry, you should take your time as well to carefully make any necessary corrections before applying the next coat.


• Carry out thorough inspection

For good results, make sure that thorough inspection and preparation is carried out to avoid applying a new coat over a loosened old paint cover. Any cracks or peeling areas should be well taken care of by sanding lightly. If this is not tackled first, then probability that you will lose money and time is very high. In case there are any greasy spots, make sure that they are washed off with soap and properly rinsed with clean water. Use a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles so that the paint gets to stick to the wall as it should.


• Go for quality

When purchasing tools that will help you carry out your work, consider going for quality instead of price. Your brushes, tapes, or even roller covers should be of high quality. To get a perfect coverage and avoid wasting time reapplying more paint, purchase good roller covers and brushes. To avoid dripping and blurring, a high quality painter’s tape will do the magic.


• Know your roller

How thick the nap on your roller gets is determined by the texture your wall has. More texture means a thicker nap if you want a complete coverage. However, take caution that you don’t go for too thick otherwise you might end up creating a texture you want nothing to do with. Therefore, make sure that your sales guy is provided with all details pertaining to the painting.


• Take care of what is not to be painted

Instead of rushing into things just because you are eager to see the results of your awesome work, consider taking your time covering anything that is not to be painted. Whether it is the furniture or floors, make sure they are well taken care of before you start dripping paint all over. Your doorknobs can be protected by securing a plastic bag around using tape. Outlet covers and light switch should be removed as well. This process might take time but it is worth it.


• Primer used

The primer you use is determined by the appearance of the surface. Combining primer and paint is a good thing only if the surface is clean and smooth. However, this is impossible if the wall has issues that might pose as a challenge or if it’s been ages since you last engaged in painting those walls. In this case, consider going for a separate primer. For high-gloss paint, a bonding primer would do.


• ‘Boxing’ the paint

Get the right estimates in terms of price then purchase the paint once. This is to help in keeping the appearance of your colour consistent. How do you do this? After you have purchased the paint, do not use a gallon after another. Mix them up in a larger container to have the same shade when painting. This process is what is termed as ‘boxing’.


• Dealing with the roller

Currently, the flow in paint has advanced. If you have the right roller for the task at hand, then you will find yourself using the least amount of pressure. Make sure that the extension pole as well is right to be able to reach all the required places with much ease, saving your back from straining.