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5 AWESOME PAINTING HACKS TO HELP YOU PAINT LIKE A PRO PASADENA PAINTER

5 AWESOME PAINTING HACKS TO HELP YOU PAINT LIKE A PRO PASADENA PAINTER

Pro Tips & Tricks

 

1. VASELINE KEEPS THE PAINT AWAY

Paint will not stick to grease, which is why top painting contractors in Pasadena stress the importance of prep for your painting surface. All dirt and particularly grease has to be removed before painting can begin. But in situations where you don’t want the paint to stick by mistake, then petroleum jelly is your best friend.

Use a Q-tip to apply a little Vaseline to anything that you don’t want painted, but where the paint brush might slip, such as screws or hinges. Even if paint does slip onto these areas, you can easily wipe if off when the rest of the paint is dry.

My favorite tip from a top Pasadena painting contractor is to apply a little Vaseline along the edge of glass where it meets the frame if you are painting window trim. Lip balm or Chap Stick also does the same job.

2. THE POWER OF PLASTIC WRAP

No professional painting contractor or painter wants to to stop for lunch and come back to paint that has dried on the brush. Painters and contractors only do one clean up of brushes and that is at the end of the painting day. To keep their paint and brushes fresh and ready to use, they wrap them up in plastic wrap. If you have paint in a tray, cover the complete tray with wrap. Wrap the bristles of your brushes with wrap and you can even leave them overnight.

3. A TIGHT SQUEEZE

Professional Pasadena painters and painting contractors will tell you that the most difficult spaces to paint are small bathrooms. One of the difficulties with painting a bathroom is trying to get behind immovables such as the toilet.  To achieve a professional result, painters need to make sure that none of the old paint color is visible. Try using a paint pad instead of a brush for these hard to apply spots.

4. SOFTEN IT UP

You don’t want to have to buy new paint brushes for each new painting project and you shouldn’t have to if you store your paint brushes properly. At the end of your painting project, or each time you clean your brushes, after you have rinsed them thoroughly, swish them in a mixture of fabric softener and warm water. You only need to do this for about 20 seconds. Lay them flat or hang them from a hook for storage. No further rinsing is required. The bristles stay straight and soft.

5. HEAT UP THAT PAINTERS’ TAPE

You may notice that painting contractors and painters tend to use painters’ tape less than DIY painters. That is because they are experienced at cutting in and have to have a very steady hand. Most people however will benefit from tape that protects from paint slips and provides a nice clean line when removed. But what if it won’t come off easily? Or it starts lifting strips of paint with it? That could spell disaster. Never fear. Just get out your hair dryer and add a little heat. Use a low setting and holding it about three inches away from the paint, move from side to side over the painters’ tape. He heat softens the adhesive and the painters’ tape lifts off.