The Secrets to Professional Painting

Posted on: 19 July 2016


Painting is one of the most popular Do-It-Yourself jobs undertaken by many homeowners. While considered an easy task by many, a botched paint job can be spotted by even the least trained eye. Professional painters have several tips and tricks they have accumulated over the course of their careers. Many of these tips will help you get that pro-look finish on your walls, ceilings or even fittings. The following are some of the tips and tricks that you can easily take up when doing your average DIY home painting or when subscribing for professional painting services.

Clearing the area

A rule of thumb when it comes to painting is to always clear the area and remove everything out of the way. Sometimes, simply moving the bigger furniture to the centre of the room and covering it may be sufficient. When repairing drywall, however, you will want to remove everything from the room since the dust from drywall can easily find its way to even covered furniture. Professional painters clear everything; they remove sockets, doors, light fixtures, and other hardware from the surfaces. They label everything using tape for easier restoration after the paintwork. You should also invest heavily in drop cloths. Plastic is not always the ideal solution. Plastic remains slippery on spillage of paint and also does no absorption. Canvas, on the other hand, absorbs paint drops before they can spread.

Surface preparation

The next step the pros advise is the surface preparation. While not the most fun phase during painting, surface preparation is crucial to any paint job. Cracks, bumps, nail impressions, and such surface imperfections can easily lead to uneven spreading of paint.  For minor dents, you can use a material such as plaster of Paris. Instead of using tape and spackle, some pros use rubberized primers which stick longer in bigger imperfections. On wood, spackle is not the most ideal of options since it does not stick well.

Many professional painters also sand their walls prior to painting irrespective of the state they were in. This results in smoother walls and paint adheres well to such walls. Others even sponge-bath walls to remove dust. They add mild cleaners to the bath such as tri-sodium phosphate. 


Pro or average DIYer, a good paint job will rely heavily on the equipment you have for use. One of the main pieces of equipment for painters is the roller. Most painters advise having a painters' rod by your side. The rod helps paint ceilings faster and more evenly.  When buying brushes, ensure you don't necessarily look for cheap. A good brush has quality bristles.  Many pros use natural-bristled brushes when using oil-based paints. Finally, just like your brushes, always buy top-shelf paint if you want the best of finishes.