Painting the interior or exterior of your home can be either fun and exciting or annoying and frustrating. One way to keep positive feelings about painting your home and staying excited is to prevent paint drips and splatters.
If you are constantly cleaning or having to redo sections due to drips and splatters, it can be very frustrating, exhausting, waste energy, and hurt your motivation.
Here are seven tips to avoid paint drips and splatters to keep the painting and improving process fun and exciting.
1. Hire a Professional
Sometimes the only way to make certain tasks fun is to hire someone else to do them for you. Hiring a professional can not only save you time and energy but also stress by assuring you that the job will be done correctly with no drips or splatters on anything. This is their job and they will do it right for you. It may be in your best interest to hire a professional to take care of what you need, there is no shame in doing it this way.
1. Use a High-Quality Paintbrush or Roller
If you do decide to do it yourself, one of the best ways to avoid drips and splatters is by using high-quality equipment. Using paintbrushes and rollers specifically designed for your specific situation and needs will greatly reduce the amount of paint that gets everywhere and the places you do not want it. Investing in good materials can make a big difference.
2. Invest in a Drop Cloth
A drop cloth is an important tool whether you are doing it yourself or hiring someone as it will protect the surfaces around your work area from any paint drips or splatters. This may not prevent the drips and splatters from happening, but it is much easier to clean up a drip or splatter from a drop cloth than from your floor, furniture, or other surfaces.
3. Use Painter’s Tape
This type of tape is designed specifically to create sharp lines and prevent paint from bleeding through onto other surfaces. You can use painter’s tape on the edges of trim, windows, doors, and more to keep paint where you want it and off of places where you do not.
2. Start at the Top
When painting, always start at the top of the wall and work your way down. This will prevent any drips from running down the wall and ruining your paint job. You may have to go back and touch up the edges of your work area, but it will be much easier to do this than to try and fix drips that have run all the way down the wall.
5. Work in Small Sections
When painting, it is best to work in small sections at a time. This will help you to be more precise with your brushstrokes and prevent any accidental drips or splatters. Plus, working in small sections will help the paint to dry more evenly and prevent any sagging or runs.
6. Use Light Coats of Paint
Applying several thin coats of paint is much better than trying to cover everything in one thick coat. Not only will thin coats dry more evenly and prevent any drips or runs, but they will also provide a more even coverage overall.
7. Let the Paint Dry Completely Between Coats
Before applying the second coat of paint, be sure to let the first coat dry completely. This will prevent any drips or smears from happening and ruining your hard work. Allowing the paint to dry completely between coats will also give you a chance to inspect your work and touch up any areas that may need it.