Now that the skies are clearer and the air is warmer, what do you think about doing a paint job? It is actually the best time to paint. But before picking up the brush, read these tricks to avoid ugly brush strokes and tainted floors and fixtures.
Soften Your Brushes The bristles of the brush you used yesterday may have stiffened enough to make it to early retirement. That’s a waste! Keep it soft with the help of a fabric so fabric softener. Start by rinsing the brush thoroughly with water. Then, use it to stir a gallon filled with warm water and half a cup of softener. Do it for at least 30 seconds before laying the brush flat on a dry clean, dry place. You don’t have to rinse the brush again before using.
Protect Surrounding Items Remove everything that could be speckled with paint. If the item can’t be moved, protect it from spots using a plastic wrap. Look for something that comes with an adhesive support. If you’re willing to take an extra step, check if the local hardware sells a plastic wrap specially designed for painters.
Reduce the Undesirable Paint Odour Paint has a strong odour that can stay in the room for days to weeks. Fight it with some lemon and vanilla! You may choose between commercial-prepared products and raiding your kitchen. Darker paints can be treated with several drops of vanilla extract, and lighter ones will do fine with lemon extract.
Protect with Petroleum Jelly For small items that you don’t want to get painted but are too small for plastic wraps, use petroleum jelly. These could include screws, hinges, and handles. Use a cotton swab to cover the item with soft paraffin. It can also keep door and window seals from sticking.
Remove Painter’s Tape with Ease The painter’s tape can be very stubborn. It could peel off your paint or leave some small strips behind. For a fast and clean removal, set the hair dryer to low heat and direct it to the tape. Keep your distance at about 3 inches and wait for the at least 10 seconds for the adhesive to soften. If you do not have the time to take care of all the details, just hire professionals to do the job.