Painting a house or the walls of your house is very different than applying paint to a small canvas. You’ll be staring at the walls for the rest of your life. Applying a smooth coat of paint to woodwork or other house surfaces is tough, no matter what quality of paint you buy and no matter how great of a painter you are.
Professional house painters in New London County, CT have great brushwork and have a few techniques up their sleeve to ensure your home looks perfect, even right up close. The following are a few ways to identify their quality brushwork:
- The surface is smooth: If the painter was working with wood that has never been touched or painted, he or she sanded it in the same direction as the wood grain. If it was already painted, the painter checked for bumps, drips and runs and removed them with a sharp pull scraper. The painter also identified divots that may have appeared in the wood and filled them with spackle, or paste, to make it level with the rest of the surface.
- There is no dust: The painter vacuumed the woodwork after sanding it and then wiped the surface down with a cloth. The cloth as well as the vacuum helped pick off all of the dust from the surface. Just like you would wipe down any item before you paint it, your walls are the same. Dust-free walls are a clear indicator of professional work.
- The paint is level and even: The paint is applied in the same direction as the wood grain, and in long, parallel strokes. The paint was mixed with latex or oil to help level the paint out in warmer temperatures, and is not built up in corners of the wall where it could of ran or dripped. Paint mixed with oil takes longer to dry, so it can be fixed more easily. Hopefully your painters—if they decided to mix the paint with latex—were careful when painting the corners. Latex makes the paint dry faster.
- The brushmarks are even: After the paint is applied, the painter made sure the brushmarks were level. He or she did this by removing extra paint from his or her brush by slapping it against the inside of the paint bucket. He or she then placed the brush at a low angle to the surface and dragged the bristles’ soft ends over the surface of the paint.
- It was left alone: After evening out the brushmarks, it is best if your painter left it alone. Re-applying paint will make the surface rough and potentially uneven!
How your walls look in a newly designed or decorated room makes a huge difference. All of the techniques above come together to create a smooth façade that looks beautiful and lasts longer. With smooth and professionally done walls, you should have no fear to make the room or house fit with your style. To find professional house painters in New London County, CT who exibit all of the telltale signs of seasoned professionals, visit Berk’s Fine Painting, LLC.