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Painting: work organization

You can not start painting without having prepared your yard. Lay protective strips around sensitive edges: doors, windows, skirting boards, switches taken, etc. The rollers will have been run in clear water and drained whether they are new or already used. The same applies to brushes that were not left on their bristles in a truck but hung above them. By respecting these details, your work will be facilitated and its quality will only be improved.

Necessary material

  • Roller handle
  • Sleeve to paint
  • Paint truck
  • Basting brush
  • Paint brushes
  • Cache paper
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver

Sheepskin sleeve (left) for matt paints, lacquering sleeve for glossy paints

Sheepskin sleeve (left) for matt paints, lacquering sleeve for glossy paints

1. The rolls are usually composed of a metal frame with a wooden handle, and a sleeve. The sleeves are mostly removable, which saves the purchase of a frame when they are worn or when you want to change the type of paint. When buying a sleeve, do not forget to check if it fits on the frame you own. The sheepskin sleeve (left on the picture) is used for matt paints, and the lacquering sleeve as its name suggests, for glossy paints.

The mobile fixing ring makes it possible to adapt sleeves of different lengths

The mobile fixing ring makes it possible to adapt sleeves of different lengths

2. The ring fixing the sleeve on the metal frame is movable, and can be adapted with a simple screwdriver to sleeves of different types and lengths. It is thus possible, with a single frame, to use a whole set of sleeves. However, for small rollers, it is essential to have a suitable frame.

It is recommended to soak the roll in water before first use

It is recommended to soak the roll in water before first use

3. Before first use, it is recommended to soak the rollers in water a few hours before using them. Then completely empty the sleeve of the water it contains and wring it out carefully. If you do not use it immediately, hang it to dry without deforming. Any deformation could affect the painted surface.

Clean a brush by letting it soak in white spirit

Clean a brush by letting it soak in white spirit

4. To clean a brush with fresh paint, let it soak in white spirit if it is a solvent-based paint (glycerophthalic), water in case of vinyl or acrylic paint or in another recommended diluent on the package. But make sure that the soles do not crash into the bottom of the container. To do this, here are some tips: make a hole in the handle of the brush to pass a wire that will keep it at the right height. You can also fix a small peg in the handle to hang on the edge of the container, or use a clothes pin.

Paste a small cone on the handle of a brush to prevent paint spills

Paste a small cone on the handle of a brush to prevent paint spills

5. When you have a basting ceiling, there is a great risk, if you do not take precautions, to see the paint run down the brush, and along your arm. To avoid this, make a small cone on the handle of a styling ferrule brush, with a light cardboard sheet and sticky paper, which will stop the paint flows and allow you to work without inconvenience.

Protect parts from painting with adhesive tape

Protect parts from painting with adhesive tape

6. If you have any experience, you may want to paint freehand around the switches, door cleaners, skirting boards, etc., with a tapered brush. But the wisest is to protect the parts not to paint with an adhesive tape. Wait until the paint has begun to dry to remove the adhesive.

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