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is there some kind of magic device that will help make painting look good but take half the time ??? Read More
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
is there some kind of magic device that will help make painting look good but take half the time ???
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#1
a painter?
#2
elliott1982
a painter?


i have too many rooms to paint, think it would cost too much!!! but yes that's an option thanks
#3
Agree with above, pay someone professional to do it. You will be looking at the uneven painting and streaks for the next 10 years. Get it done properly
#4
If the surface is smooth(ish), then paint pads are the fastest CLEAN way to paint; the only time killer is the edges, when you want them neat.

Rollers are faster, but paint tends to splatter unless you keep control of yourself.

We used to paint our nursery school from top to bottom every Easter, and paint pads was the man, a 15x4m room, plus ceiling and fresh gloss on the windows, doors and skirting board in 1/2 day, come back the next for a 2nd coat of gloss, then start the next set of rooms.

Add a 1/2 cup of water to the paint at the start, with a good mix before pouring out into the paint tray (for the emulsion - wont work with the gloss!!)
#5
Am in the middle of painting one of my places.

The key is the preparation.
If the walks are OK, clean with sugar soap. If not OK, fill, sand and line.

Next is paint choice. Some of the one coats, eg Dulux or Valspar are good for walls. If you have a problem wall or curling, buy appropriate paint.

No real alternative to brushes and rollers. Have tried paint pads and sprayers, no joy.

Have had a painter and decorator before, can't afford it now. Am time rich and money poor!

Good luck!
#6
Rollers - don't use cheap paint because it needs more coats.
#7
caroline777upnorth
Rollers - don't use cheap paint because it needs more coats.


Agree. Rollers every time...try finding paint pads in B&Q!

Have been using Valspar in a really, really long hallway, got away with one coat over a white base.
On a kitchen ceiling, am going to be up to 3 coats, it just won't level out. 3 small rooms and 2 medium to go, ,3 large rooms and 3 medium rooms done.

Don't worry, you get better and faster after each room.

The glossing of wood is the hard part!
#8
Tried the paint pads but they weren't great. Rollers are best. And have to say of all the paints we tried, wickes own brand had the best consistently.

Got 3 more rooms left to do. It's more moving everything in and out then the actual painting that's putting me off
#9
A wide brush and a wide roller is all you need. I find most time I waste is after the paint on on so prepare well and when you have finish throw the roller & brush away with the rubbish :-)
#10
Two most important things are preparation & good quality paint.
Expect to spend at least as much time doing the prep work as you do painting. Use masking tape & dust sheets.
#11
Turn the wall on its side.
#12
Woah!!

2 positive comments re Valspar oO
#13
chrisredmayne

is there some kind of magic device that will help make painting look good but take half the time ???

No majic device, if your looking at devices like Dulux Paintpod etc dont waste your money.

Professional painter decorators use good old fashioned brushes, roller & tray.

Practice is whats makes you do it better and quicker, sorry to be a killjoy but no point sitting on the fence.


As previous, preparation is important, ensure walls are clean and smooth, paint brands, again comes with experience, everyone has there own choice, I usually use Leyland, Armstead,Macpherson or Dulux Trade.

White matt for ceilings, soft sheen for walls, water based undercoat then satin for woodwork, but again everyone has there own preference of finish.





Edited By: andynicol on Jan 11, 2017 22:52
#14
Good paint won't splatter with rollers, just take your time and apply two coats allowing at least 4 hours between them. I use the Harris white brushes as they rarely drop hairs and give a god finish. Buy the round pointy ones for cutting in on window frames/skirts etc
#15
Rollers as others have said. I find you have to appy force with the rollers so i am no good with them. I stick with the brushes but that will only work for small areas. Good quality rollers.
#16
you could try putting a couple of fireworks in the tin of paint 8)
#17
andynicol
chrisredmayne

is there some kind of magic device that will help make painting look good but take half the time ???

No majic device, if your looking at devices like Dulux Paintpod etc dont waste your money.

Professional painter decorators use good old fashioned brushes, roller & tray.

Practice is whats makes you do it better and quicker, sorry to be a killjoy but no point sitting on the fence.


As previous, preparation is important, ensure walls are clean and smooth, paint brands, again comes with experience, everyone has there own choice, I usually use Leyland, Armstead,Macpherson or Dulux Trade.

White matt for ceilings, soft sheen for walls, water based undercoat then satin for woodwork, but again everyone has there own preference of finish.






Valspar saved me days! Top stuff. Not cheap.
#18
dothedealnow
andynicol
chrisredmayne

is there some kind of magic device that will help make painting look good but take half the time ???
No majic device, if your looking at devices like Dulux Paintpod etc dont waste your money.
Professional painter decorators use good old fashioned brushes, roller & tray.
Practice is whats makes you do it better and quicker, sorry to be a killjoy but no point sitting on the fence.
As previous, preparation is important, ensure walls are clean and smooth, paint brands, again comes with experience, everyone has there own choice, I usually use Leyland, Armstead,Macpherson or Dulux Trade.
White matt for ceilings, soft sheen for walls, water based undercoat then satin for woodwork, but again everyone has there own preference of finish.
Valspar saved me days! Top stuff. Not cheap.

Glad you never wasted your money and time like me then.

Tried it once, would never buy again, attempted to cover a fairly neutral wallpaper with a slightly darker shade of magnolia disastrous results, failed to cover adequately, and finish was very poor even after 2 coats.

One coat of Dulux Ivory Lace and it looked as it should.

B&Q have made a major error IMHO in Valspar.
banned#19
andynicol
dothedealnow
andynicol
chrisredmayne

is there some kind of magic device that will help make painting look good but take half the time ???
No majic device, if your looking at devices like Dulux Paintpod etc dont waste your money.
Professional painter decorators use good old fashioned brushes, roller & tray.
Practice is whats makes you do it better and quicker, sorry to be a killjoy but no point sitting on the fence.
As previous, preparation is important, ensure walls are clean and smooth, paint brands, again comes with experience, everyone has there own choice, I usually use Leyland, Armstead,Macpherson or Dulux Trade.
White matt for ceilings, soft sheen for walls, water based undercoat then satin for woodwork, but again everyone has there own preference of finish.
Valspar saved me days! Top stuff. Not cheap.
Glad you never wasted your money and time like me then.
Tried it once, would never buy again, attempted to cover a fairly neutral wallpaper with a slightly darker shade of magnolia disastrous results, failed to cover adequately, and finish was very poor even after 2 coats.
One coat of Dulux Ivory Lace and it looked as it should.
B&Q have made a major error IMHO in Valspar.

As above

Dulux one coat. Expensive but does half the time

Edited By: YouDontWantToKnow on Jan 12, 2017 00:36
#20
Comment #5 said it

Preparation
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Abraham Lincoln

Preparation Preparation Preparation
I can't remember who said it
suspended#21
Op hasn't specificed if he's decorating or painting on a canvas. I recommend a Masters Degree in Fine art first. Then if you still can't cope, get a painter/decorator!
banned#22
peeej1978
Op hasn't specificed if he's decorating or painting on a canvas. I recommend a Masters Degree in Fine art first. Then if you still can't cope, get a painter/decorator!

Funniest comment of the day. Cheers :)
#23
Buy trade paint as it goes on better. Also a good medium pile microfibre roller. Load the roller up with water and spin it to remove the excess water. It stops the roller from sucking all the water out of the paint and makes it easier to clean and saves on paint.
#24
Use Johnstones aqua based gloss. Hard wearing and stays white permanently
#25
Uh oh don't mention Valspar, the last thread had at least 800 comments and carried on for two years!

Most of the work for painting is the preparation - prepare a wall well and the painting will be easy.
The problem is the preparation is a right pain in the backside if the walls aren't great and takes longer than the actual painting.
#26
Paintpads everytime, yeah I know a professional wouldn't touch them but I'm not a professional painter so rollers just make too much mess when I use them.
As long as you don't overload a paintpad and use a decent one they can be fast and give a nice finish.
Morrisons always seem to have the Harris paintpad sets cheap
#27
The principle of using a paint pad is the same as using a brush ................your dragging the paint over the surface , whereas the roller is layering the paint on the surface . The roller gives a much better spread of paint and a better finish.Tricky to use at first ,but the roller is the best choice to cover areas large or small.

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