Basic Painting Techniques

Painting advice for newbies

If you're new to the world of DIY, you can rest assured that interior painting is one of the easiest home improvement tasks there is. However, you still have to take care to use the right equipment and techniques to get the results you want, so you should begin with a primer on basic painting techniques.

The two most widely used basic painting techniques are brush techniques and roller techniques. If you're looking to learn how to paint, these are the two approaches you'll want to master before moving on to more advanced methods of painting.

Painting Tips: Brushes and Rollers

Here is specific painting advice for each of these two basic methods, starting with painting by brush:

  1. Ensure the brush is clean. If the bristles are worn or damaged, or if there is leftover paint from a previous job, discard the brush and start with a new one.
  2. Dip the paintbrush in a can of paint, then wipe it quickly on the inner lip of the paint can to remove any excess paint.
  3. Bring the brush to the surface and paint, using swift, even and sure-handed strokes. Some people like their strokes to go in uniform directions, but if your brush is new and in good condition, this shouldn't really matter.

Here's a step-by-step guide to painting with a roller:

  1. Make sure the roller is free of lint and dust.
  2. Fill the deep end (reservoir) of your paint tray.
  3. Dip the roller in the paint, then roll it in the shallow, grooved end of the paint tray to get rid of excess paint.
  4. Apply the paint to the wall or ceiling using strokes in the shape of the letter M or W, then going over the gaps to fill them in. This is the fastest way to cover the greatest area.

However, keep in mind that while these two methods will help you cover large surfaces fairly efficiently, they aren't the only techniques you'll need to use. With that in mind, read on to learn about advanced painting techniques to help you achieve a professional look.