To achieve a great finish, always work in sections and paint up to a natural break before stopping. Never try to paint over an area that is partially dried, as the brush will leave marks in the surface. If you see a run in the wet paint, paint over it as soon as possible with light even strokes.
- Before use, flick the bristles back and forth to remove dust. Then moisten the brush in water if you are about to use a water-based paint, or turps if you are about to use an oil-based paint. Make sure you remove excess liquid before painting.
- Fill the brush by dipping in up to half the length of the bristles.
- Tap it gently against the side of the can: don't wipe the brush hard against the lip. The bristles should flex only slightly as you brush - don't over press - let the paint flow from the brush.
- Start at the top and work down, painting with light even strokes, working back into the wet edge.
- If you are painting a large area by brush, apply paint to an area about 50cm X 50cm, then brush the paint in horizontal strokes to even the paint out and finish off with light vertical strokes all in one direction. If you are using a brush and roller, paint the edges of the area first.
Paint Application Pads
Application pads can be used for cutting in where there are lots of edges to paint around.
- Simply load the pad with paint using a paintbrush.
- Place it on the wall, checking the guide wheels are clean and run the wheels along the architrave, skirting or corner.
- Use long even strokes with firm pressure.
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