How to get the best results from your Coral Decorating Set
Taking a few easy tool-care steps before, during and after use will extend tool lifespan and ensure optimum performance. Weâve shared some useful tips to help you achieve impressive results every time.
Q: How should I prepare my paint application tools before use?
A: Before first use, pre-wash the brush or roller to remove any debris. For best results on every use, pre-wet with a suitable thinner and remove excess for a slightly damp, primed state that will accept the most paint. Avoid using water-based and solvent-based coatings with the same tool. Always refer to the coating manufacturerâs recommendations before starting application.
Q: What surface preparation is needed before painting?
A: If needed, use a scraper or sandpaper to ensure all surfaces to be painted are free from loose or flaking paint. Fill any cracks or holes with a suitable filler or sealant and sand down before wiping the area clean. Before painting, ensure surfaces are free from dust and dirt; wiping or washing them with a little soap in water or a sugar soap works well.
Q: Whatâs the most effective application method for painting a neat edge line (âcutting inâ)?
A: Dip the brush into the paint around a third of the way down the filaments to prevent overloading, then tap gently against the side of the paint container to remove excess. About an inch away from the area you want to cut in to, start at the top and work down, holding the paintbrush like a pencil so that it is parallel to the edge. Gently steer your brush towards the corner, using light, even strokes as you carefully follow the direction of the line, working back into the wet edge.
Q: What roller application method will deliver the best results?
A: Dip the roller lightly into the paint; the paint should cover less than half of the roller, then roll backwards and forwards on the tray ramp to evenly distribute paint on the roller cover. Apply the paint to the surface with a large zigzag pattern, then fill in the space with criss-cross strokes. Once covered, level the finish by laying-off with long, parallel strokes. PRO-TIP: Rolling demands a light touch. No matter what paint-roller cover you're using, always let the paint do the work. Keep the roller cover loaded with paint and use only enough pressure to release and spread the paint. Pushing on the roller to squeeze out the last drop of paint can result in âtramlinesâ, uneven coverage and finish and should be avoided.
Q: Whatâs the best way to clean my paint tools after use?
A: First, remove excess paint from the tool, then wash with a suitable thinner. For water-based coatings, use water. For solvent-based coatings, use white spirit. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel. Never soak, use hot water, or apply direct heat to paint tools. For rollers, spin to shape, stand on end and dry naturally.
Q: How should I store paint tools during and after use to prolong their lifespan?
A: To prevent dry-out and avoid dust and dirt entering the paint during short breaks in painting or overnight on longer projects, protect paint tools with an airtight cover like Coralâs Seal amp; Save Storage Wrappers, which keep painting tools fresh for up to 3 weeks! Once your project is complete, store tools in a cover or original packaging in a dry, dust-free place, to keep them in top condition for future use.
Q: Are there any time-saving tips to speed up my project?
A: Use Coral Paintwiz Scuttle and Kettle Liners in your paint container or tray to avoid the hassle and mess of washing out your paint containers daily or when switching paint colours. To prevent paint dry-out during breaks, simply tie the drawstrings to keep paint fresh.