Tips for good paintbrush technique
Good paintbrush application technique will help you to apply paint quickly, evenly and precisely. Take the time to develop good paint application skills. Good paintbrush skill is essential to interior house painting success.
- Use the dunk-and-tap method to load the brush with material.
- Dip the paintbrush so that paint is loaded only one-third to less than half-way up the bristles.
- Apply material using a slight bend in the bristles. Avoid bending the bristles “in half”.
- Apply material in small manageable sections, and then finish with long, light strokes using the top inch of the paintbrush bristles.
- Stop, and clean the paintbrush should material clump or dry on the brush during application. Small pieces of dried paint from the paintbrush often mix with the paint and form flecks on the surface. Removing flecks from painted surfaces takes time and often requires touching up.
- If paint becomes difficult to apply, follow the directions for thinning on the can. Return paint to the dealer should thinning fail to achieve an applicable consistency. If directed by the paint dealer, add a paint conditioner to make paint easier to apply.
Detailed information about interior house painting surface preparation can be found in the book:
The Homeowner's Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting
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