Archive for September, 2010

Painting TIPS: Successfully Removing Masking Tape

Q: My paint peeled up the wall when I pulled the masking tape off the baseboard. Did I do something wrong or did I purchase bad paint?

TOP 10 Professional Painting Tips

Let’s face it, there are countless painting tips but few stand continuous use like these TOP 10

1 Pre-Wet Brushes and Roller Covers before use. White woven roller covers are dense and require full submersion in water while working the nap wet with your hand.

2 Bevel both ends of roller covers by snipping away irregular nap with scissors. Reshaping the cover will reduce roller marks

3 Use thick (6+ mil) medium-tack masking tape for general purpose painting and use a 5-in-1 tool to knife it down. Thicker tapes lay down and remove easier.

4 Fully load roller covers with paint. Pre-wet the cover and spin it out. Then load it, let it sit and repeat the process until paint lays on the surface of the roller. Only then its ready.

5 Pick a side, stick with it. Avoid flipping roller frames over. If you start with the metal elbow on your right side, be sure all rolling is done the same with the exception of getting the corner done.

6 Last pass down. After a large portion of the wall is painted, before it dries, make a single light pass without  flipping the frame over from ceiling to floor. Keep the metal frame in one direction.

7 Keep your cuts to a minimum. Cutting-in should be tight and sweet. There is no reason to cut anything 3 inches wide

8 Roll tight to everything including ceiling lines when possible. The tighter the roll, the less likely you’ll see any indication of the cut.

9 For general purpose caulking, cut the tip of a caulk tube on an angle and keep the hole size approximately the same size as the metal punch-out stem.

10 And last but certainly not least, use Krud Kutter for final cleaning of your brushes and rollers. Todays paints need more than just water to get brushes clean.

Ultimate Mod For Your Rolling Pleasure

The next best thing to rolling with an 11 or 14 inch roller cover is putting a nice bevel on it with scissors. The photo above depicts the ultimate bevel for rolling walls to reduce roller marks at very high rates of speed or even at a snails pace. Your walls will thank you.

Get Jack In Your Box

Is Eleven The New Nine? It Should Be

Bad habits are hard to break

When you really sit down to think about rolling a room with a 9” roller cover—it does seem a bit silly, doesn’t it? Nine inches is only about the size of your hand stretched from pinky to thumb. Other things nine inches: TV Remote, size 9 shoe, mouse pad, 2 iPhones side-by-side, bread pan, box of tissues, dinner plate, tube of toothpaste. You can maximize your productivity by cutting your own size roller cover from either a 12, 14 or 18-inch covers using a (cough) miter saw… be careful.. please, and re-bevel it with scissors. Alternatively, a PVC hand saw can be used to cut a roller cover.

Can I Have That Super Flat… Please?

HOW TO achieve a super flat—Flat finish

If you have smooth walls and you want to keep them that way for a unique flat finish. Roll your first flat wall paint on with a heavier nap cover such as 3/4” or 1/2” and work it as smooth as you can without letting it dry during that process. Now watch for the wetness to start to turn dry. Next take a 3/8″ white woven roller cover and dry roll the previous nap texture smooth.