How to Paint a Wall
When people decide to redecorate their home, many will focus on the walls. This guide will show you how to paint a wall faster, cleaner and get a better result than you ever thought possible! Read on to become a decorating genius!
With the floor protected you need to look for damage on the wall, fix any cracks and fill any holes you find and try to get the wall as smooth and clean as possible through sanding and cleaning with sugar soap. Now that the surface is prepared you can use some Seriously Good UV Tape to mask off areas of detail such as skirting boards, door frames, window sills or architraves. Now it’s time to cut in!
Cutting in is a common term used by decorators. It’s the action of painting around the edges, of a room, a light switch, a skirting board and so on. Shake a new un-opened paint tin, open and stir if necessary. Pour some paint into a Small Handy Hold if you need to use a ladder or Large Handy Hold if no ladder is needed.
When you start to paint in around the edges of your wall, we recommend working in 1m segments. Start with the Premier Detail Brush for precision painting. The detail brush has a very fine wide tip. Place the tip with the long edge against the edge you need to paint and pull the paint along that edge, then paint a little higher using the brush as normal. Try to have about a 5-10 cm painted area around the edge you are cutting in. When you get really good at this technique you can cut in without using any masking tape, or you can switch from the blade to the Premier No Loss Flat Brush for faster painting!
Once you have cut in a 1m segment switch to the Taskmaster 4-inch Walls and Ceilings Roller. Load the roller with paint and place it on the wall about a foot away from the section you have just cut in. Roll in a light W motion towards the painted area, overlapping with the brushed area as much as possible without touching any edges. This will give you a very fine rolled finish to the edge of your wall, removing the framing effect.
Now it’s time to paint the wall, and we are going for a sprint finish! Use our Taskmaster 9-inch Roller and Premier Extension Pole. Screw the pole and roller together, load the roller and place it on the wall about 1m away from the nearest painted edge. Roll towards the painted edge and back again in a slight W motion. Use the pole to cover a larger segment of the wall without the need to bend and stretch. This will also let you work faster. Repeat this process of loading the roller, placing 1m away and rolling into the area you have painted. This is the wet edge technique, it lets you paint faster, it saves paint and gives a very smooth finish.
You might also find these how-to's useful...
How to Fill a Crack in the Wall
This short guide will show you how to fill a crack in your wall quickly and trouble free.
How to Fix a Hole in the Wall
Learning how to fix a hole in the wall and start transforming your home!
How to Repair Peeling Paint on Plaster Walls
In this guide we show you some easy to follow tips and tricks for dealing with flaking paint.
How to Paint a Feature Wall
Painting a feature wall can be as simple or as complex as you like. In this guide we will show you a few clever tips to get the best result.