It is always a good idea to choose good quality paint applicators, not to mention use the correct painting applicator for the specific project being done. This will produce a better looking end result.
Paint Applicators: Brushes
Here is a list of common brushes and their uses:
- Natural long-bristle brushes – These are suitable for acrylics and water-based paints.
- Natural short-bristle brushes – These are recommended for alkyd gloss enamels and polyurethane finishes.
- Synthetic-bristle brushes – Good for acrylics and water-based paints. They are also well suited to rough work, such as brick and masonry work.
Good quality paintbrushes are a wise investment. When finished painting, never allow the brush to dry out. Soak the brush in the recommended solvent, and then wash in warm soapy water or mild detergent. Finally, rinse in cold water, comb natural-bristle brushes straight with a brush comb, and hang from the handle to dry. Brushes should be stored hanging.
Paint Applicators: Rollers
In most cases, a roller is better than a brush for larger surface areas, such as walls. The correct type of roller cover should be used for the type of paint you’re working with. Read the label on the roller cover for specifications.
- Synthetic roller covers are suitable for latex paints.
- Natural materials, like sheepskin or lambswool, are good for oil-based paints.
The nap, or thickness of the roller cover will also be important, depending on the texture or roughness of the surface being painted:
- 1/8″ to 3/16″ – Smooth surfaces like untextured plaster, smooth wood, wallboard, drywall and metal.
- 3/8″ to 1/2″ – Medium surfaces like sand finishes, lightly textured plaster or wood, paneling and acoustical tile.
- 3/4″ to 1-1/2″ – Rough surfaces like brick, concrete, stucco, textured ceilings or walls, Spanish plaster, concrete block, corrugated metal and rough wood.
PAINTING APPLICATIONS: CEILINGS
First, use a 2-4″ trim brush to “cut in”, or paint the edges of the ceiling where it meets the walls. Begin painting the ceiling immediately with a roller, working the shorter dimension of the room. For example: if the room is 6 feet x 10 feet, work across the 6-foot length to help maintain a wet edge. If the room is large, cut in small areas then roll. This will help maintain a wet edge and prevent lap marks.
Note: It is always best to prime ceilings before painting. Ceiling paints are typically flat and porous. Rising heat adds to this porosity, making ceilings very dry and likely to absorb paint quickly. A primer will seal the surface and allow for better coverage and uniformity of the ceiling paint.
Post time: Sep-09-2021