The right equipment makes all the difference for a professional result when painting a room.
Large areas are more easily covered with rollers or spray applicators, while brushes are best around edges and on corners, trim and woodwork.
Order of application
Finish one wall at a time to prevent streaks. When taking a break, clean brushes and rollers or cover in plastic.
1. START AT THE TOP and use a brush to paint cornices or where the ceiling meets the wall. Paint the ceiling witha roller starting away from the main window and working towards the light to avoid painting in shadow.
2. PAINT THE WALLS starting at the edges and doing all the corners with a brush. Then use a roller, beginning from the top of the wall in square-metre sections and lapping into the wet edge of the previous one.
TIP You can cover about two walls an hour with a roller, taking less than a day to paint the ceiling and walls.
3. PAINT THE TRIM using a brush. Work along the skirting boards, then do the door and the window frames.
Apply a strip of low-tack masking tape along the wall and use a trim cutter for a clean line.
Put masking tape on the floor along the trim to cut a line across the base of the skirting.
How to use a paint brush
Brushes are made from natural bristle, synthetic filament or a blend of both.
NATURAL bristles are made of animal hair that is soft and porous and best used for oil-based paint. Avoid acrylic as the bristles soak it up and turn limp.
SYNTHETIC FILAMENTS are best for use on acrylic paints as they keep their shape in moisture. Quality filaments are tapered to
bend gradually with application.
HANDLES made of unvarnished timber are most comfortable because the grain raises in contact with water or sweat to improve the grip.
CLEAN UP by wiping brushes on newspaper and rinse away acrylic paint in water or soak oil-based paint in turpentine then rinse in water.
How to hold a paintbrush
A tired hand results from hanging onto the brush incorrectly.
Hold the handle between thumb and forefinger, fingertips resting at the top. Dip half the bristles in paint then wipe on the side of the can to remove excess.
PENCIL GRIP is for control and precision when using long sash brushes. Hold with your thumb and index finger pinching the handle like a pencil.
HANDSHAKE GRIP is for wide handles. Hold the handle with your hand spanning it, thumb on the topside like a handshake.