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Top 10 Painting Tips and Tricks Every DIY Homeowner Should Know

Painting your home can be a fulfilling and cost-effective way to give your space a fresh look. However, it can be daunting for DIY homeowners who may not know where to start or how to achieve professional-looking results. In this blog post, we'll share our top 10 painting tips and tricks to help you tackle your next home improvement project with confidence.

1) Plan your project:

Before you start, take the time to assess the scope of your project, choose the right paint colours and finishes, and gather all the necessary tools and materials. Planning ahead will save you time and ensure a smoother painting process.

2) Prep the surface:

Proper surface preparation is key to achieving a long-lasting, professional-looking paint job. Clean the walls, fill in any holes or cracks with spackle, and sand the surface to create a smooth and even base for the paint to adhere to.

3) Use painter's tape:

Protect trim, baseboards, and other surfaces you don't want to paint by using painter's tape. This will help create clean, sharp lines and make the painting process easier and more efficient.

4) Invest in quality tools:

High-quality brushes, rollers, and other painting tools can make a significant difference in the final result. Investing in good-quality tools will help you achieve a smoother, more professional-looking finish.

5) Use Rolla-wipa for efficient roller cleaning:

Instead of scraping your roller sleeve with a putty knife or other harsh tools, use Rolla-wipa to gently push paint out of the sleeve. This innovative 3-in-1 tool serves as a paint roller cleaner, tin opener, and paint stirrer, saving you time and money while extending the life of your roller sleeves.

6) Start with a primer:

Using a primer is essential for ensuring even coverage, especially when painting over dark colours or new drywall. Primer creates a uniform surface for the paint to adhere to, resulting in a more professional-looking finish.

7) Use the "W" painting technique:

When applying paint with a roller, use the "W" technique by painting a large "W" shape on the wall, then filling it in without lifting the roller. This technique helps ensure even paint distribution and reduces the chances of roller marks.

8) Paint in the right order:

Start by painting the ceiling, then move on to the walls and finally the trim. This order helps minimise the chances of accidentally smudging freshly painted surfaces.

9) Allow proper drying time:

Be patient and allow the paint to dry completely between coats. Rushing the process can result in uneven coverage or visible brush strokes.

10) Clean up and store your tools properly:

Once your project is complete, clean your brushes, rollers, and other tools thoroughly, and store them in a cool, dry place. Proper care and storage of your painting tools will help ensure they're ready for your next DIY project.


With these top 10 painting tips and tricks in mind, you'll be well on your way to achieving professional-looking results on your next DIY home painting project. Remember, investing in quality tools like Rolla-wipa and taking the time to plan and prepare your project can make all the difference in the final outcome. Happy painting!