I love to paint.
I hate prepping to paint.
But there is no getting around the fact that the preparation phase of a paint project is the most important part of the project. That is why I spend so much time talking about it. The reward for all the time, thought and effort that goes into prep is when you get to open those paint cans and actually get the paint on the walls.
The most common tools that the amateur painter will use are brushes and rollers. Some professional painters prefer to use a spray-rig, which holds several advantages. The most obvious is time: spraying is fast! And a practiced hand can spray out a surface very evenly, with surprisingly little over-spray. The amateur is just as likely to use an excessive amount of paint to get patchy results, and wind up with paint where he doesn’t want paint to be.
There are products available in the home stores that are designed for the home-owner to paint “just like the pro’s”. And to be honest, I owned one of these small yellow machines for a long while; I took my time using it, practiced outside on a few furniture projects, and was meticulous about taking the thing apart and thoroughly cleaning it every time I used it. I did get good results, but when the machine began to wear after a summer and a half of use, I didn’t bother to replace it; brush and roller weren’t that much slower, and really a lot easier to use.
For such a seemingly simple tool, there is a lot to say about paint brushes, so I will wait and say it in a later post. Rollers seem pretty simple. It is worth buying quality, but not worth going overboard. You want a roller frame that is well constructed enough that it will not fall apart while your using it. The replaceable roller sleeve is the important piece of technology here. When you buy them be sure they are intended for the type of paint you are using. And consider the nap; this is basically the thickness of the “fuzz” on the roller sleeve. If you are painting a textured surface, your roller should have a deeper nap. A deeper nap holds more paint, so the job will go faster. But I have found that the deep nap also flings more paint around, making a bigger mess.
There are usually two parts to every paint job. There is the large area that can be covered quickly, and there are the edges and things that need to be painted around, or “cut”. Most experts tell you to “Cut-in”, paint the details, first. Others prefer to “Cut-out”, using the roller to paint close to the edges and fixtures, and then using the brush neatly finish. I have used both methods, and like them both. Cutting in can be neater, because you can concentrate on doing the detail work with less worry about bumping into wet paint. But cutting out seems to go quicker and uses less paint.
Which ever way you decide to approach the job is your decision. And the satisfaction of a well done paint job will be all yours as well.