Rangers Painting and Drywall
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Top 5 Professional Painting Hacks
Here at Rangers Painting and Drywall, we work to be as efficient as possible while still delivering an outstanding result on all projects. That said, we love professional painting hacks! Not because we want to get by with a substandard process, instead, we want to be as efficient as possible.
Here’s a list of our top 5 professional painting hacks that seem to challenge the DIY do-it-yourselfers and even those with a few more notches on their paintbrush so to speak.
Opening a Paint Can
Believe it or not, but too many people struggle with opening a paint can. Most of the time people go straight for a flathead screwdriver or other type of blade and end up snapping the tool in the process. We find that the best tool for opening a paint can is actually a teaspoon. Yep, you read that right, a teaspoon. The reason it works so well is that the angle is just perfect for getting under the rim of the lid so you can pop it right open. It’s the optimal balance of strength and leverage. You can find handfuls of cheap used teaspoons at garage sales and keep them around with your other tools so you’ll always have one handy when you start a painting project. Trust us, once you use a teaspoon, you’ll never use a screwdriver again and you’ll never struggle with opening a paint can again either.
Another hack that we use all the time is also pretty basic and simple, yet so few people actually take the time to do it and they cause a lot of extra work for themselves as a result. The hack involves storing a silicone gun after use. Too many people just put the gun in the cabinet or whatever without taking care of the tip of the gun. What happens is that the silicon dries inside the tip, making it almost impossible to remove and get the silicon flowing through the gun again. The simple hack if you haven’t guessed it already is to put a screw into the tip of the silicon gun to prevent it from drying out. That way, the next time you need to use the gun, you remove the screw and the silicon flows freely for you.
In drywall and painting projects, we use quite a bit of sandpaper to prep surfaces along the way. Most people we see try to use sandpaper with just their bare hands. If you have a block of wood handy and you know how to use sandpaper that way, it’s an amazing hack on its own. Using the block of wood gives you much more control over the pressure and how evenly you can apply that pressure to the surface you are sanding.
If you don’t have a block of wood to use, an alternative hack is to fold the piece of sandpaper into thirds. Fold the paper one third over the next, creating a sanding surface on either side of the sandpaper. The reason you want to fold the paper into thirds and not in half is so the paper will not move around as much because you will have sandpaper on sandpaper, making it easier to control and get a great result in the process.
We go through a lot of paint brushes here at Rangers Painting and Drywall, so we try to take care of our brushes as much as possible to get the most life out of them while still providing a great result. However, when we do get a new brush, we find that some bristles will fall out of the brush no matter how high quality the brush may be. Bristles tend to shed out of brushes for several uses and even to some degree for the first few dozen uses.
The problem with this is that when the bristles fall out, you can see them in the paint either in the paint where you’ve dipped your brush, or left on the surface you’ve just painted. If you try to pick the bristle out of the paint or off of the surface, you’re going to find out really quick just how difficult that can be and you’ll find that you’ve inevitable made a mess in the process. What we do when we find a bristle has fallen out onto the surface we’re painting is we just press the end of the brush into the bristle and it will stick to the end of the brush. That way, it becomes really easy to just pick it off of the end of the brush, then smooth out the painting surface and move on. Once you get the hang of it, this hack will save you a lot of time and frustration when your new brush is throwing off stray bristles all over the place.
Many projects we work on come about because there’s been some kind of damage that leaves a stain on the surface. This could be a stain left over from water damage, kids writing on walls, or in kitchens, we find it very common to find stains from oil splatters. These types of stains are often difficult to cover and you are still able to see them even after painting thick coats of paint over the stain. This is especially true if you are using water-based paints.
One solution is to use stain blocking primers which are used to “block” out the stains so you can effectively paint over them. If you only have a small stain or not a lot of area to cover, purchasing a this specific primer may feel like overkill. As a hack, we often use an oil based paint to go over the stain first. In this way, we can keep a small can with our supplies and use it here and there to cover smaller stains. The only thing to note here is that you need to let the oil-based paint dry for a couple of hours before painting over it. Other than that is a really great option for smaller stains.
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Maintenance and proper cleaning of newly painted walls is essential to keeping them looking new. To do this, you must identify what type of paint was used. The type of paint used is important because that will dictate what kind of cleaning solutions are appropriate for your particular situation. The first thing that should be done prior to any attempt to clean a wall is to dust the walls themselves. Even though it is difficult to see the amount of dust that accumulates on wall surfaces that we see every day, dust and other airborne particles constantly settle on the surface of walls.
After dusting the walls, then you may apply the appropriate cleaning solution. For example, walls painted with semi-gloss paint are generally the most durable and can usually be scrubbed without damaging the paint surface. In contrast, if you walls are stained or have flat finishes, they will need to be cared for much more delicately. If you are unsure about the proper care and maintenance of your walls, please give us a call to check with a professional.