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8 tips for painting a wall

Do you plan to give the walls of your house or apartment a different color? We of V-PRO would like to give you a few tips to make the result look even better!


Tip 1:

Well begun is half done. And sometimes it literally is. You can save a lot of time by properly preparing the environment, the surface and yourself before you pick up the paint brush (or roller).


Therefore, carefully check that you have everything, and only then get started. Nothing is more demoralizing than realizing halfway through that you don't have the right materials, or worse, that you forgot something, have to put down your paint brush and still have to go out. Also, make sure you cover the ground and surrounding area well with the V-PRO, so you can finish cleaning up faster later.


Tip 2:

Make sure you have a good foundation, by applying a layer of primer. Even if the wall is not an absorbent surface, wall paint will simply adhere much better and more evenly to primer than it would directly to an uneven wall.


Also, discolorations are nicely removed with an isolating primer, and with a basis of one or two layers of primer you often only need to apply one layer of wall paint to get a good coverage. That saves you money! You'll have to admit; painting is a tedious job, and you want to give your work some credit!



Tip 3:

Go for quality! Gather your supplies and don't skimp on quality. Eventually you will regret it if that cheap masking tape leaves a residue, or takes paint with it. Or if your brush loses its bristles on your freshly painted walls.


If all goes well, you'll be looking at these walls for years to come, and those paint scuffs, glue residue, and hair left behind are guarantees to irritate you. The best paint tape you can use while painting is V-PRO's tape. This tape is made of Japanese rice paper, leaves no residue and provides super sharp paint lines.


Tip 4:

When you start painting a wall, finish it. Make sure you have enough time to finish it. If you stop halfway through, and continue later, the first coat will have dried. If you continue painting after that, you will get a very ugly transition track that you can't even get rid of with 10 coats.



Tip 5:

The corners and edges need a little extra attention. Take the paintbrush and paint the wall by hand a few inches from the corners. Also paint around electrical outlets, light switches and other protrusions (just remove the caps). Do this only on the wall that you are going to work on with the roller and leave the other walls for now.


Keep in mind that you must immediately proceed with the roller for that wall, before the paint has dried (see previous tip).


Tip 6:

This tip is about light. Maybe you have seen it before in a room with painted walls. When the light falls on the wall, you suddenly see exactly how the roller was used and where brush strokes are visible. Such a waste of all that work! But how do you prevent that?


It's actually quite simple: Work away from the light. Any irregularities will therefore be less noticeable.


Divide your wall into sections of ten square feet. Look at where your window is in relation to the wall. If your window is on the left side of the wall, start with the top left square, then the bottom left square. Then move one square up to the right and keep working from top to bottom. Is there a section that has already dried? Then make sure you don't paint over it. That's the best way to avoid streaks.



Tip 7:

For a nice, evenly painted wall, finish each 10-square-feet part of the wall in three steps. First apply the paint on the roller, then spread it and finally unroll it.


First step is to roll your paint roller through the paint tray until it is completely saturated.


In the second step, use the roller to spread the paint. Roll the paint out vertically from left to right so that the paint is evenly distributed. Repeat, but now from right to left, and a third time again from left to right.


In the third and final step, roll one more time with a smooth motion, making sure to roll away from the light.


Tip 8:

Maybe not the first thing you think of, but it's worth it; remove the masking tape as soon as you're done painting. The longer that tape stays on, the greater the risk of leaving adhesive residue, or damaging the paint layer.



Good luck and enjoy the results! However, you can safely leave the V-PRO tape on for a while since it leaves absolutely no glue residue.


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