For many homeowners, the preparation taken to complete an interior painting of their house can be pretty basic. They may know that it’s important to have a drop cloth, use painter’s tape, and stir the painting before use but that’s often as far as it goes.

Most may not know certain tips and tricks that can simplify the process of painting their houses. With most DIY painting projects, knowing a few additional painting techniques can give you the most satisfying results.

As seasoned interior house painters in San Diego, we want to share with you a few useful tips that can help you simplify the painting process without having to deal with the ramifications of not following the best practices. However, we do recommend that if your project is more complex than the conventional touch-up job, that you do reach out to us for a more specialized consultation. After all, this is your property we are talking about!

That being said, here is our list of tips and tricks for the next time you do your very own DIY interior painting job.

Use golf balls to stop paint from drying

Paint drying in a half-empty can is a true struggle. There are easy fixes for this. You may have already heard of how using saran wrap under the lid of the paint can make sure the can is airtight. One thing you can do is to use golf balls to fill the air space.

So, the next time you have to store away a half-empty can of paint, drop some golf balls in before you place plastic wrap under the lid and seal the can. We would even suggest storing the paint can upside down.

Keep a wet edge to avoid lap marks

Laps marks are the stripes that appear when you roll over paint that’s already starting to dry. They are uneven layers of paint buildup. We’ve seen this with countless clients and suggest that the key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a wet edge.

You can maintain a wet edge by painting the full height of the wall and then moving over slightly to overlap the last stroke with the next. 

One thing you must remember is to keep the open side of the roller facing the area that’s already painted to put less pressure on the open side. This makes it less likely that you leave lap marks during interior painting.

Feather out paint if you can’t keep a wet edge

It’s not possible to cover large areas like ceilings, extra-tall walls, or stairwells in single, continuous strokes. So, it might be difficult to keep a wet edge in such instances. The best way to avoid lap marks in such scenarios is to feather out the paint along the edges that you can’t keep wet. 

The thinner, feathered coat of paint will avoid the buildup that causes the lap marks.

Roll the nearly dry roller in different directions along the dry edge, feathering out the paint as you go. After you complete the entire length of the area, move to the next section and paint over the feathered edges.

For maximum effect, based on some uncovered lifehacks, we recommend applying the paint in the opposite direction. This crisscross application process also helps to reduce (if not eliminate) lap marks.

Avoid pulling off the painter’s tape from the walls

It’s certainly satisfying to pull the painter’s tape off the trim once the paint dries on the walls or ceilings. For DIY projects, we recommend cutting it using a knife instead of pulling the tape off.

Paint tends to form a film between the wall and the tape. So, when removing it, the tape could tear pieces of dried paint from the wall. 

So, wait for the paint to completely dry for at least 24 hours. Then, use a sharp utility knife or a box cutter knife to slice through the film. Start from a not-so-visible corner to make sure the paint is hard enough to slice cleanly.

Make use of these tips from experienced interior house painters for a successful paint job

Most homeowners are aware of the need to source the best paint and tools for their painting process. Knowing how to store paint properly, avoid lap marks, and use painter’s tape are a few tricks that can help you complete your interior painting efficiently and neatly.

Having worked with countless households in San Diego, we hope that these tips help you complete a successful DIY job. If you are eager for professional interior painting services for more complex requirements, reach out to us at J. Brown Painting for an experienced consultation and service delivery! 

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