In the past, it’s likely you have painted some of your Boulder, CO, home or business yourself but, in the process, you probably spent a fair amount of time wondering how a professional painter would have done it better. Now you can know. The pros at Jacobsen Brothers Painting have put together their list of top 10 tricks of the trade that you may not have known before now.
The secret’s out! Here are 10 things we love to do to bring the smoothest, most impressive finish to a room or building exterior.
- Prep Work
Everyone knows there is a lot of prep work to do to a room before painting it. But what you might not know is the prep work actually takes longer than the painting. We move everything out of the room and cover things that can’t be moved, cover the floor, fix holes, sand blemishes, tape windows, degrease trouble areas, wash dust from walls and trim, remove fixtures and caulk cracks. We keep the dust down by cleaning as we go and by sealing off the room during sanding.
A professional painter can easily spend more time sanding than painting. Surfaces need to be perfectly smooth to look beautiful upon completion, and that calls for a lot of sanding. Pros use different tools to handle all the sanding needs. A sponge sander can handle nicks in woodwork and a wall sander can cover a large area.
The pros don’t go cheap on standard equipment such as: brushes, ladders, drop cloths, tape, trays and rollers. Quality equipment that is cared for will produce a much better outcome than disposable brushes and cheap rollers. Prep your rollers by wetting them first and rubbing them to remove the loose fuzz. No need to dry before using them.
- Sequence of Work
From start to finish, the professional painters at Jacobsen Brothers know how to work to peak efficiency. Trim is painted first. While it dries, the ceiling is painted. Last, the trim is taped off and the walls are painted.
- Cutting the Ceiling
Popcorn ceiling is notoriously difficult to edge properly. One trick we use is tracing the ceiling edge with a tool to level the ceiling and make a small groove to stop the bristles of the brush when the wall is being painted.
Using the best painters tape, we cover the trim to catch any drips and protect the trim paint job. We know the extra tricks like sealing the tape with a putty knife edge to ensure paint doesn’t seep underneath.
- Paint Extenders
A great paint extender added to a quality paint can help the paint glide on more smoothly. It slows drying time to allow for a smoother application between strokes. Starting with a quality paint is crucial for the best outcome.
- Box the Paint
When using more than one can of paint, the color is going to vary from can to can. To create a uniform color, use 5 gallon buckets to mix the cans together. Rollers can fit into the bucket if you want to paint without using a tray, or pour into a tray and keep the 5 gallon bucket loosely closed or covered with a damp cloth.
- Use the Light
The pros start the day off by doing windows early on to make use of the light. As shadows lengthen, a portable work light will show any missed spots.
- Wrap and Come Back
Use a plastic bag to wrap up and tape to seal your rollers and brushes if you need to stop painting for a while. They should still be moist and ready to keep going when you return.
Get your free painting consultation today!
With our decades of experience, we know the tricks and tips that mark the difference in a professional painting job. Call us today at (303) 449-3239 or email us at email@example.com to schedule your free consultation. We’d love to put our expertise to work for you to create a smooth, flawless finish.