DIY: ‘Rule to remember’ when painting any room for a ‘smoother’ and ‘professional’ finish

Painting can be very expensive if hiring a professional to do the job, which is why many take on the DIY task themselves. While lots of research may need to be done beforehand, it can often achieve the same results. However, to ensure a “smoother” and “professional” finish, an expert has shared the best way to paint any room in the home.

According to The Paint Shed, cleaning walls and tools before using paint is essential in achieving a professional finish.

Michael Rolland, interiors expert and MD of The Paint Shed, explained: “It may seem obvious but ensuring your walls are pristine before you start painting will make for a smoother finish and application.

“Use a damp cloth over the surface of the wall, you can also use a sugar soap or a mixture of washing up liquid and water if you need a more thorough clean of high traffic areas or those that have been exposed to grease.

“Don’t forget to check hidden areas such as behind the radiators to keep your paintwork as clean as possible. Although you don’t necessarily need to paint this spot, the dust that lingers could make its way out into your paint.”

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If the tape is hard to remove, a hair dryer may need to be used to loosen it, before then slowly removing it.

The paint expert added: “Take your time lifting up the painter’s tape, pulling it back on itself, removing it at a 45 degree angle.

“Once you have finished the job in hand, make sure you keep any leftover paint as you never know when you will need to do some quick touch ups.

“One hack you can use when it comes to storing leftover paint is using cling film over the top of the can of paint before placing the lid.

“Doing this will prevent dust, dirty and flaky paint from falling into the fresh paint when you next open it, particularly if it has been stored in a shed or garage.”

DIYers should make sure they paint in as much natural daylight as possible to make sure the walls are smooth.

Daylight will expose the need for another coat of paint as well as any missed sections.

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