Top Tip – Paint the Skirting First, Then the Ceilings and Walls!!

The answer we’ve all been waiting for! Pros normally follow a particular order when painting a room. They paint the skirting first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s simpler (and faster) to tape off the skirting than to tape off the walls. And you definitely do not want to tape them both off!

When painting the skirting, you do not need to be neat. Just focus on getting a smooth finish on the wood. Don’t fret if the door and skirting paint gets slopped onto the walls. You’ll cover it later when painting walls. Once the skirting is totally painted and dry (at least 24 hours), tape it off (using an ‘easy release’ painter’s tape), then paint the ceiling, then continue on to wall painting.

To Avoid Lap Marks when Wall Painting

To prevent lap marks, roll the complete height of the wall and keep a wet edge. Lap marks are those awful stripes caused by unequal layers of paint buildup, a common problem when wall painting. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partially dry. (In warm, dry conditions, latex paint can begin to stiffen in less than a minute!) The key to avoiding lap marks is to keep a ‘wet edge,’ so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can start to dry.

To keep a damp edge, paint a whole wall all at once. Start at one end, running the roller up and down the complete height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Move backward where needed to even out thick spots or runs. Do not let the roller become nearly dry; refill it frequently so that it’s constantly at least half crammed. Keep the open side of the roller frame dealing with the location that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridges.

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