Top Tips For The Perfect Paint Job

Whether you’ve just moved into a new place or your home needs a bit of a refresh, one of the main things we all flock to is paint. It’s got a huge impact for such a low cost – but what is tricky about paint is how to know what type to buy, how to apply it and all the other rules that should be adhered to when painting. So we’ve put together a handy guide on how to get the perfect paint job. Start taking notes as this will become extremely helpful for your next redecoration process.


First up, the types of paint. Matt, eggshell, silk (aka satin) and gloss are the main four you’ll see in the shops. If you’re wanting a non-reflective, non-sheen paint opt for matt. Great for those wanting to hide imperfections on an uneven surface and perfect for naturally dark rooms.

Eggshell has a delicate sheen, imagine the literal surface of an eggshell. It’s more moisture / stain resistant than matt paint and is not as flat as matt but not as shiny as a silk / gloss / satin paint. If in doubt on what to opt for, eggshell is a good option.

Next up are the paints with a shiny finish. Silk / satin for example has a  mid-sheen finish. Best option for walls that are prone to marks / dirt (great if you have kids) as you can easily wipe them clean. It does, however, reflect more light so bare in mind that if you’re using it on a surface with lumps and bumps, they’ll show! Lastly, gloss paint. This has the highest sheen and gives a really robust finish, so is great for areas like door frames or skirting boards that are going to get a bit damaged or scuffed over time. You can save yourself time and money by using gloss paint on these sorts of areas.

Once you’ve got your paint type sorted, you’ll need to start thinking about how to apply it. The best way to do this is to start by doing something called ‘cutting in’. Start with the areas that are hard to get to with a roller – think around plug sockets, light switches, above skirting boards etc. These areas you need to line with a good quality masking tape (‘Frog Tape’ is the best brand) so that you can prevent paint from bleeding through on to these pivotal parts of your room. It’s this cutting in that’s going to make the difference of whether your paint job is top notch or not. Afterwards, use an angled brush to paint these areas so that you end up with paint around your plug sockets and above your skirting boards etc. What you should be left with is a great surface area for the bulk of your paint to be applied to, so that you can use a roller brush with ease and not have to worry about getting into the nooks and crannies, as you’ve already ‘cut in’.

You can as well, if you want the perfect paint job, use a primer as well before starting any sort of paint work, to ensure a smooth finish. Primers are great for walls with damp, uneven surfaces or walls that have had lots of paint jobs on them before. They give you an even surface to work with – think of it as a base or foundation to your paint. And there you have it – a beginners guide to the perfect paint job.


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