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For a professional-looking paint job, the paint must be spread evenly onto the surfaces without running, dripping, or lapping onto other areas.
If you load up too much paint, it will run on the surface and drip onto woodwork and floors.
On the other hand, if you apply too little, you will leave lap marks and bare spots resulting in incomplete coverage.
Painting with brushes and rollers is a three-step process.
The paint is applied, distributed evenly, and smoothed out for an even finish.
With a little practice, you can get a finish any professional would be proud of.
Only your wallet will know the difference.
1.
Dip the brush to about one-third of the bristle length.
Tap the bristles against the side of the can to remove excess paint.
Dipping the brush deeper will overload the brush.
Dragging the brush against the lip of the can causes the bristles to wear excessively.
2.
Cut in the edges using the narrow edge of brush, pressing just hard enough to flex the bristles.
Keep an eye on the paint edge, and paint with long, slow strokes.
Always paint from dry area back into the wet paint to avoid lap marks.
3.
Brush wall corners using the wide edge of the brush.
Paint all open areas and cut in before the paint dries to avoid lap marks.
4.
To paint large areas with a brush apply paint with 2 or 3 diagonal strokes.
Hold the brush at about a 45 degree angle to the work surface, pressing just enough to flex bristles.
Distribute the paint evenly with horizontal strokes.
5.
Smooth off the surface by drawing the brush vertically from top to bottom of the painted area.
Use light strokes and lift the brush from the surface at the end of each stroke.
This method is best for oil-based paints, which dry slowly.
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