painting tips

Planning on painting this Spring?

It’s difficult to believe, (particularly with our recent weather), but the arrival of Spring is now just a matter of weeks away. This means that all over Victoria, numerous homeowners will be collecting colour charts and sample pots as they prepare to tackle all those painting jobs they have put off during the colder months.
Here at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates, we enjoy helping homeowners in lots of different ways, so here are a few tips to help make your painting jobs as smooth and stress-free as possible…

  • If you are using a paint roller, try to crisscross your strokes (like an X). This will give you a more even coat of paint, whilst using parallel strokes will give you an uneven finish.
  • Want to cut down on the impact of paint smells in the home? Try adding a teaspoon or two of vanilla essence to the paint tin just before you apply it.
  • If you’d like to stop paint drips creating issues around your paint tins, glue a paper plate to the bottom of the tin. Ideally it should be 5cm to 10 cm wider than the tin to catch all the drips.
  • One way of keeping paint fresh until next time you paint is to add a few tablespoons of methylated spirits to the paint. The idea is to let it sit on the top, then seal the tin. Don’t stir it in until the next time you are using the paint.
  • Rather than trying to clean your paint brushes in between coats, try wrapping them in plastic cling wrap. This will keep them moist until you are ready to apply the second coat…even overnight.
  • When you’ve finished painting and want to get your brushes clean, use an appropriate solvent followed by warm soapy water.
  • If you want to make your brushes last even longer, once you’ve cleaned them give them a wipe with kerosene then store them wrapped in newspaper or a cloth.
  • Last but not least, if you are having trouble getting paint off your hands, try using baby oil.

Hopefully these tips will make your next painting job a bit easier.
One final point…if you are planning on painting to get your property ready for sale, be sure to chat with one of our team before you start. Not only can we save you money by advising you on what the buyers will respond to, (and what they won’t), but in some cases you might be better off selling your property unrenovated.
You’ll also find lots of helpful tips on selling your property in our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”. Feel free to download a copy while you’re here.