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How to paint an interior wall

Posted by admin
March 8th, 2010

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How to paint an interior wall

To start gather all the equipment needed

You will need:

  • Dustsheets – To cover floor and furniture
  • A brush – 1½ or 2 inch
  • A roller cage – for the roller sleeve to go onto
  • A roller sleeve – for smooth walls use a fine or medium pile roller, ideally a 9-inch sleeve
  • A roller tray – big enough for a 9-inch roller
  • A paint kettle – to tip some paint into for cutting in
  • Paint – The paint for the walls, normally emulsion (use our paint calculator to determine how much paint you need)

First cover the floor and furniture with dustsheets. Next open your tin of paint and stir well, tip a small amount into the paint kettle, then fill the paint tray.

Now cut in (i.e paint around the edge) using the brush and kettle, cut in around one wall at a time including any sockets or switches.

Once you have cut in, take your roller and get some paint onto it, roll it on the tray to work the paint into the roller sleeve and get it all around the sleeve.

Now take the roller and roll it over the wall, it is best to roll in a ‘W’ motion, this will ensure you don’t end up with lines and also will give a nice even coat across the wall. When you have covered a wall, go lightly over the wall with an unloaded roller to get rid of any ‘orange peel’ effect.

Simply repeat this operation for each wall you need to paint.

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Save washing up

Posted by admin
July 19th, 2008

When using a brush or roller with a water-based paint and you need to finish for the day, wrap your brush or roller in Cling Film or a plastic bag. This keeps the brush or roller supple and soft enough to use the next day.

I wouldn’t recommend leaving a brush or roller stored like this for more than a day this is just an overnight solution, to save on the washing up!

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