Painting the wall is a good way to make it become more beautiful. Many people take the time and energy to paint their walls because they enjoy having something that looks new and different in their home. Painting your wall can also be an inexpensive way of sprucing up your house, especially if you choose colors that are on sale or clearance at local stores. You can even experiment with color schemes by painting two or three walls one shade while leaving other walls white. If you’re not sure what colors will best suit your taste, in this blog you will learn how to paint walls using paint brushes.
Brush vs. Spray
Painting can be done in two ways: with a brush or with paint sprayers. The choice of which type to use largely depends on the surface you are painting and how much time you have to get the job done.
Brushing offers greater control, but is slower and requires more effort than spraying, because it takes longer for each stroke to dry and hold its shape. Spraying, on the other hand, allows you to cover large surfaces quickly; however, you may need multiple coats if the color isn’t opaque enough. However, when using small brushes or rollers on flat surfaces such as ceilings or walls where there are no curves or corners that would require brushing around them, then paint sprayers are just fine!
Painting With Brush
Brush painting a wall takes the same kind of paint as rolling. While most wall paints have a rather flat sheen, in kitchens and bathrooms, a higher gloss may be preferable, since these surfaces may need to be wiped on a frequent basis. Bear in mind that brush markings will appear more prominently in high gloss paints.
If painting a full wall with a brush, you’ll need at least two different brushes: a 2-inch angled brush is ideal for cutting in around windows, doors, and baseboards; and a 3- or 4-inch straight-edged brush is ideal for spreading paint evenly over the field of a wall and smoothing it out. After an hour or more, a 4-inch brush might fatigue the arm, therefore many people prefer the smaller 3-inch brush.
#1 Start with protecting the surface
Painting carefully with a brush is often a tidier procedure than painting with a roller, which may quickly scatter little droplets of paint. However, it is essential to protect exposed surfaces with drop cloths or sheets of plastic to prevent inadvertent leaks.
The technique of masking off wood moldings or other places using painter’s tape is disputed. Professionals and experienced do-it-yourselfers are often proficient enough to cut precisely and cleanly around moldings using a trim brush, eliminating the need for painter’s tape. For some individuals, painter’s tape seems to be more than superfluous—it prolongs and complicates the process of painting freehand.
#2 Next is to clean the wall
Clearly unclean walls should be cleansed using a cleaner and water solution, then wiped off with a sponge wet with clear water. Even generally dust-free walls should be cleaned thoroughly with clean towels prior to painting.
#3 Use the “Cut In” technique
Whether you are applying a preliminary coat of primer or going directly to the paint coat, the first step is to use a small angled trim brush to apply a narrow band around all moldings and other obstacles.
Dip the brush directly into the paint up to 1/3 of the length of the bristles. This stops the brush from being overloaded with paint and prevents dripping. Tap both sides of the brush lightly against the side of the can or pail. This loads the paint more on the interior of the brush.
Do not scrape the paint off the brush by dragging it across the edge of the bucket. That just removes the paint, compresses the bristles, and makes the brush ineffective.
#4 Spread the paint
After cutting in along the ceilings, baseboards, and other trim, begin painting the “field” of the wall from one corner near the ceiling. As with the trim brush, load the straight wall brush similarly: dip it into the paint to approximately 1/3 of the bristle length, tap the brush on the edge of the paint pail, but avoid scraping the brush on the pail.
#5 Let the paint dry
Prior to applying a second coat of paint, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for drying time. Drying periods vary according on the relative humidity in your area.
#6 If needed, do a second coat
Contrary to what manufacturers sometimes claim, the majority of paints need a second coat to completely color the wall without bleed-through of the previous paint hue. The exception is if the prior coat of paint was quite similar in color to the fresh coat of paint.
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