How to Avoid Paint Splatters & Spills
Anyone who paints for a living can tell you it’s a messy business. If not properly handled, wet paint has a habit of ending up where it shouldn’t. Cleaning up these splatters and spills is usually doable, but often time-consuming and sometimes quite challenging. You want to prevent these mishaps from occurring at all, if possible. Preparation and technique are at the heart of minimizing messes. Here are some useful tips for avoiding paint splatters and spills.
Properly Set Up Your Workstation
You might be surprised at how often open paint cans get knocked over. These spills are a major pain and a significant waste of material, so preventing them is a matter of saving both time and money. The best way to ensure your paint cans remain upright with all of their contents intact is to set up your workstation thoughtfully. Indoor painting services always make sure their supplies are nearby and clearly visible by designating specific locations for your paint, brushes, rollers, trays, and other tools and materials. They also lay down drop cloths where they’re currently painting so any splatters or spills land on the disposable sheet, not the floor or anywhere else.
Don’t Load Up Your Brush, Roller, or Tray with Too Much Paint
Not all paint splatters and spills are the result of a tipped can, of course. Oftentimes, the culprit is an excess of paint on the applicator (i.e. brush or roller). Pouring too much paint into the rolling tray or dipping your brush too far into the bucket often translates to too much paint. When there’s more than enough paint on your brush or roller head, little paint particles get flung and scatter when making contact with the surface. Additionally, excess paint leads to dripping, which can result in an uneven coat of paint once dried. Only apply as much paint as you need when coating a surface. You can always add more paint if necessary, but getting rid of excess paint and cleaning up splatters is a hassle.
Cover the Surfaces and Features You Want to Avoid Painting
During any commercial or residential interior painting project, some splatters and spills are inevitable. However, this doesn’t mean they have to result in a major mess. Take the time to cover nearby surfaces and objects so they’re guarded against any rogue paint particles. Inside your home, you might use aluminum foil or plastic wrap to cover doorknobs, plastic bags to protect light fixtures, etc. As for outdoor painting projects, exterior painting services often recommend covering any bushes, plants, and lights below the painting area to protect these objects from drips.
When in Doubt, Trust the Professionals
If you’re not completely confident in your abilities to paint without making a mess, hire professional local painters to get the job done quickly and cleanly. Experienced painters aren’t perfect, and accidents do happen, but they will have the knowledge, tools, and technique to minimize paint splatters and spills and keep your home or business tidy during the entire process.
If you’re looking for a Nashville painting company that makes cleanliness a priority, look no further than Nash Painting. Whether you need your home or business painted, our team works hard to avoid paint splatters and spills, and always cleans up thoroughly after the painting portion is done. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!