Our Mr-Skill has many talents, but, by his own admission, painting is not one of them! He far prefers to find a painting and decorating specialist when any serious decorating needs doing. Even painting straight lines is a bit of a mission for our well-informed handyman, and that’s always a worry because anyone looking at the finished job will spot his errors for sure.
Sidney is one of our regular London painters, and he is prepared to part with a couple of trade secrets to help you achieve the perfect painting job, when you decide to redecorate:
- Always paint the trim before covering the walls – that may be alien to most of us already, but Sidney says it is not that difficult to touch up a plaster surface later if you have managed to apply trim paint or varnish to the wall.
- If you are masking a surface you want to avoid spilling paint on, then let the trim paint dry completely before removing it. Otherwise the newly covered surface could peel off like a skin.
- Sidney also recommends masking the area where wall meets skirting baseboards. However, when you paint the tops of your walls, you can safely elect to key in nicely using the correctly sized brush, and the straight edge of the cornice as a guide.
- Sid goes on to warn, “Don’t overload the brush with paint, because inevitable and ugly paint runs will result for sure!”
- Our painting guru goes on to advise “rather paint using your shoulders and not your elbows or your wrists, and take long smooth strokes. The quicker you paint, the more chance of splashing you will have from the brush or roller.”
Even Sid concedes that painting is not everybody’s forte, so he suggests you get a painting and decorating quote, and then sit back and watch the experts at work. He rounds off with the following sage advice:
“Always try to clear a room before painting it, as this facilitates a quicker and safer job with less downtime through moving things around. Use proper ‘spot sheets’ to collect spills, and don’t move from room to room without checking what may be stuck to the soles of your shoes.” Mr-Skill wishes you a happy painting experience!