Painting Walls – Paint Brush Tips & Tricks

Painting walls is an important part of painting your house. From cutting-in to rolling. This article is a brief summary of best practices for wall painting focusing on cutting-in and general brush usage. The way to paint a wall is to do the edges first (cutting-in) and then fill in the middle. There are a few different methods of cutting-in but the most popular is using a brush. When applying paint with a brush it can be hard to get a straight line, but there are a few tricks to help you along the way.Shen Wei: Painting in Motion” | Harvard Magazine

First is loading your brush, when ‘loading’ your brush with paint it’s important to make sure you’ve got enough paint on your brush. You don’t want to over load it but you also don’t want to be dry brushing KAWS FAR FAR DOWN Painting for sale. Stab your brush into the paint a few times to load it up, it will quickly fill up with paint, glide your brush over the edge of the can to remove excess. It’s important to make the distinction between squeezing it against the edge and gliding it against the edge; the goal is to remove just the outside paint and you do not want to squeeze out the inner-paint, this is the paint you are going to apply to the wall.

Brush control is very important and comes with experience, however, there are a few things you can actively do to improve your performance. Always use your full arm when controlling the brush, you paint using your shoulder and not your elbow or wrist. Using your body in this way helps to maintain a better overall control of the brush allowing you the paint a straight line on that wall. It also helps you to complete your painting work faster and reduces overall strain from the repetition of painting. Another trick I’ve used when cutting-in is to exhale slowly as you bring your brush in-line with the cut. This not only increases your focus and concentration on the task at hand (painting the wall) but serves to relax your body at the same time, increasing your painting accuracy and thereby your overall painting efficiency.

Sometimes you run into the problems when cutting-in the wall, typical problems vary but these are minor situations such as too much paint in one spot that creates runs and drips or you’ve got a spider that’s trying to get involved in the painting project. Typically when you’ve got too much paint on a spot it’s because you haven’t back brushed the area properly, or you’ve overloaded your brush. When applying the paint always use a minimum of three strokes. First stroke is from the dry wall back into the fresh paint, the next stroke is back out of the previously painted spot back to where you started and past that point, and the last stroke is back into the wet paint (back brush) past where your initial stroke went. Usually you’ll do more than three strokes to fully spread the paint but the important part is the final stroke back into the wet paint, this is more important than just to spread the paint and essentially ‘combines’ the whole painted surface. With a strict practice in hand you can help to minimize these sort of paint problems.

The reason the contractor referral service will NOT screen for workers compensation insurance is because over 90% of the painters that you attempt to hire from the referral service will NOT have this workers compensation insurance because it is too expensive, or they do not know that they are “required” to have their employees covered by it. I really don’t blame the painters. These are men and women who are just out there in the world trying to make a buck to support their families. They may in fact be innocent. There are a lot of laws out there. They just need to be educated and if the contractor referral service “really” had the contractor’s interest at heart, as well as you the homeowner, then they would tell the contractor that he should buy workers compensation insurance to make sure he passes the “screening” process and protects himself, his workers and his customers.

Therefore, what the lead referral services “actually” do is guarantee that you do NOT get the most qualified contractors bidding on your painting project. Instead you may even get the “least” qualified. This is not always the case. There are painting contractors in the Chicago area who are members of paint contractor referral services who do follow the law and carry the proper insurance. But, it’s up to YOU to screen them, even if you hire them from a lead referral service who “claims” to have already qualified them. The lead referral service just won’t do it because this would put them out of business because they wouldn’t be able to sell leads to enough contractors. Remember, the painters that are contacting you when you have a contractor referral service give your name out, are “paying for your name and job information”.

Lead referral services typically charge the painting contractor anywhere from $25 to $200 for “leads” (your name and address and what work you need done). You are a “lead”. Some charge much more than that and even take a percentage of the job from the contractor. While in theory, I feel that a contractor referral service is a good idea, in practice, I just haven’t seen it work because the contractor referral services are too greedy and want to charge 3 or 4 contractors for your name whether they are fully insured or not and whether you hire one of those contractors or not.

I was a member of several contractor referral services and had good ratings on most of them, however, after going on hundreds of appointments and spending thousands of dollars, I realized that I was bidding against contractors who were unqualified, yet winning the bids because their prices were dirt cheap. But, the customer thought they were “screened”. If you are looking for “cheap” and don’t really care if your painters are complying with Illinois law, then you might find this with the contractor referral services. So it might not be a bad idea to use them if you need to keep your price way low, since so many contractors will be contacting you that are out to cut each others throat. A lot of them can do beautiful work too. I’m not questioning the quality of the work of any of these contractors.

I suggest that you find your painting contractor, on your own; online, from a friend or relative, yellow pages, mass mailings, whatever. There are a lot of good contractors out there. This way, when you are getting your quotes, you can screen them yourself. You know the old saying, “if you want something done right….then do it yourself”. The thing for me that determines professionalism in this industry is whether the painting contractor is “fully insured”. Yep! I know….they ALL say they are! It’s almost laughable.

The best way to actually find out if a painter is legitimate in my opinion is to ask him for a certificate of “workers compensation insurance” as well as a certificate of “liability insurance”. If he’s fully insured then he probably cares about the quality of his work, customer service and all of the other things that you would expect from a quality chicago area paint contractor. Ask him to have his agent send you a copy. Do not accept a copy of a policy from the contractor. Another quick and easy way to find out if a painting company is following Illinois law with respect to workers compensation is to call the Illinois Industrial Commission and simply give them the name of the contractor, his address and phone number. They will tell you right away whether that contractor who told you that he was fully insured, really is. The phone number for the Illinois Industrial Commission is 312-814-6611.

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