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Here’s a step by step guide on how to paint a wall with a brush. The walls of a building whether residential or for office are usually the most noticed when in that building.
One can easily notice whether it has old paint or if it is dirty, and so the need for a touch of paint to make it look good to everyone who uses the building.
Getting to change the way an old paint looks on the wall would involve in most cases, repainting the wall, doing this with a brush is one of the ways of getting the old paint out of the way.
While you are painting the wall with a brush, it’s been advised by professionals that certain procedures be followed because you don’t want to have your wall messed up.
Using the brush to paint the wall involves an outline of processes which can be quickly articulated hereunder;
- Load the Paintbrush
- Apply as well as distribute the paint
- Smooth out the wall paint
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How to Paint a Wall With a Brush
1. Load the Paint Brush Rightly
Watching someone paint the wall with a paintbrush might seem so easy and stress-free, but a closer examination would reveal that if the paintbrush is not rightly loaded, the painting process and its outcome could be very disappointing.
There is an appropriate way to load the paintbrush in order to have an amazing paint finish.
First, consider the very primary aspect of moving the paint about while you paint. Conventionally, you either pour a quantity of paint in a painting bucket or carry it around the can of paint.
The normal metal paint can with a wire handle is usually easy to carry about, but luckily, this type of container is now being replaced with easy-to-move plastic paint jugs which possess built-in handles.
When using a metal paint container, you are going to need a fitting tool which is also called Can Claw. This tool connects onto the container while providing a stable handle to move the paint about painting the wall.
From experience, moving about with a paint container while painting whether cutting in about wall edges or painting trim is quite tiring.
Varying paint buckets can be obtained in the market. The convenient bucket is small-sized enough to carry a good quantity of paint, and it comes with disposable liners.
The bucket features a piece of magnet built on the side that grips metal ferrules in paintbrushes which helps you to pause and take a break from your painting work without a need to lay down or clean up your paintbrush.
The use of the small paint bucket is much convenient than moving a big container of paint around, especially if you have got to work on a ladder.
However you wish to carry around the paint, the following is the recommended way to rightly load your paintbrush:
- Immerse the paintbrush in the paint to about one-third of the bristle length. This prevents the paintbrush from becoming overloaded thereby stopping dripping of paint.
- Tap the two edges of the paintbrush lightly at the Paint bucket side. This fills the brushed interior adequately ready for painting.
- The third thing to do is; don’t scrape off the paint from the brush through dragging crossways on the bucket edge. It eliminates the paint, pads the bristles as well as make the brush ineffective.
Apply as Well to Distribute the Paint
It’s normal to make use of a roller for expansive, flat wall sections while a paintbrush is good enough for Cutting in.
This is an act of painting the wall corners, ceilings and window/door trim. Those parts of the wall that eluded the cut in are thereafter painted with paintbrush or roller.
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A paintbrush typically does well in cutting in as it offers the most control while working. When rolling the major sections of the wall, it’s okay to start by cutting edges as well around the woodwork first, and then commencing with the roller.
A right-handed person should cut in the wall around the ceiling corners from the left-hand side to the right-hand side.
A left-handed person should paint from the right-hand side to the left-hand side. Such pattern offers you visual control on how good the wall paint is flowing.
Hold the paintbrush just the way you hold a pen, press the paintbrush on the wall so that the brush bristles are flexed and remember to use the slender edge of a paintbrush when you cut in.
Carry out your cutting-in motion by applying a sequence of overlapping dabs, gently proceeding along the edge being painted.
If you’ve got to paint a massive wall section, the following technique will suffice;
1. Position the paintbrush at an angle of 45 degrees and then paint that section of the wall by applying many diagonal strokes.
One more time, press the brush on the wall surface so as to get the bristles flexed. Here, it’s cool to have the paint heavy.
2. The next thing to do is distribute or spread the paint onto the massive flat area using the paintbrush horizontally.
3. Smooth Out The Wall Paint
After applying and distributing the paint on the wall, the next stage is to smooth out the paint. This can be carried out through the following steps;
A popular rule simply says “always paint to wet edge” – it implies that you should never allow the paint to dry out completely while you stroke onto it with a newly loaded brush. This causes very noticeable lap marks.
Raise the paintbrush from the section being painted at the finish of each stroke. This act helps to faintly “feather” the stroke of paint.
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4. Take Care of the Paint Brush After Working
Wash out latex paintbrushes in soapy, warm water and rinse off the paint in uncontaminated water, and shake dry.
Try to smooth out the brush bristles again into its original shape. This ensures that the brush lasts long.