When you start an interior painting project, you’ll soon discover the importance of using brushes and rollers competently. As we always do at Powerhouse Painters, we are happy to share some of our painting knowledge to assist our DIY’ers with their next residential project. Plus, it’s raining in Brisbane at the moment, and gives me a chance to catch up on my writing.
Anyway, back to the brush. The brush grip you use for your interior painting job is very important, and that will be determined by the type of painting brush you use. Trim and sash brushes are held much like you would a pencil (remember pencils?), with the thumb and the first two fingers of the hand. This technique gives you excellent control for more intricate painting.
With beaver-tail (don’t worry, not real beavers) handles on larger brushes, you’ll need a stronger grip because the brushes are wider and heavier. Hold the handle with the entire hand, and let the handle span the width of your palm as you would with a tennis racket. This technique works best when you’re painting large, flat surfaces.
The goal of loading a brush is to get as much paint on the wall as possible without dribbling it all over the floor, and yourself in the process. It should only take a few minutes to gauge accurately how much paint your brush will hold along the way.
Start your interior painting project by dampening the bristles of your brush for conditioning. Remember to remove excess moisture by gently striking the metal band around the handle’s base against the edge of your palm and into a sink or bucket.
With the first dip, move the brush around a bit in the paint to open the bristles and let the brush fill completely. It will be easier to pick up a full load if you jab the brush gently into the paint with each dip. With most latex paints, you can simply dip the brush and let the excess drip off for a few seconds before moving the brush to the wall. With thinner coatings, you may have to gently slap the brush against the inside of the paint can or lightly drag it across the inside edge of the lip to remove excess paint.
Painting term coming up…..#wemustknowourstuff. To neatly paint up to a line where two edges or colors meet, is called “cutting in,” use a trim brush with beveled bristles (the end of the brush resembles a chisel). Paint five or six strokes perpendicular to the edge of the ceiling or the wall. Next, smooth over these strokes with a single, long stroke, painting out from the corner first, then vertically. Where the wall and ceiling come together, use downward strokes on the wall first followed by smooth horizontal strokes.
Well, there’s some ideas around how to use your brush successfully. Should you want to have an expert paint your home, we would welcome the opportunity to do provide you with a free quote. We work across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, and Ipswich. For more information, visit www.powerhousepainting.com.au
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