12 Interior Paint Tips

March 26 2015

Wallington’s Paint Supplies has everything you need for a great interior paint job, including professional advice (and moral support!)

Before you start your next interior paint project, here’s the painter’s dozen to get the job done right.

  1. Sugar soap your walls. You can either do this with a good clean sponge and sugar soap, or use disposable sugar soap wipes.
  2. Patch any plaster that needs repairing. Unifiller is a nice pliable filler that dries quickly (3 hours).  When dry sand back to leave an even surface.
  3. Lightly sand all your walls.
  4. Decide if you need to paint an undercoat. Walls that have already been painted don’t need an undercoat, unless you’re painting a light colour over a darker paint.  Undercoat paint can also help a bright colour “pop”
  5. Mask / tape your edges – around windows, skirtings, cornice, fitted cupboards etc. Applied correctly, a low tack painter’s masking tape won’t damage a painted surface.

Mitch’s Tip: For a full gloss effect, paint window surrounds with an oil based gloss.  Paint these before you start on your walls. Once fully dry, mask the gloss surface.  Tape removes easily from the gloss and this absolutely ensures you don’t damage your new wall paint with tape.  

  1. Cover floors with drop sheets. Drop sheets can be taped to the floor or skirting for extra protection.
  2. Cut in. Any small to medium sized brush is suitable for cutting in paint, but an angled sash cutter or rat tail brush will make the job that much easier.

Jackie’s Tip: Cut in and paint one wall at a time.  You need all the paint on the wall to blend together before it dries.  Otherwise you end up with a “picture frame” effect that you get when the paint dries around the edges of your wall before.

  1. Roll on your paint! An even momentum and pressure on your paint roller will give you a smoother finish.

Gary’s Tip: To get even pressure when you paint, always use an extension handle, otherwise you’ll find your pressure will ease off as you stretch up.  Don’t start right at the edge of your cutting in; start 30cm or so out from the corner, about half way up the wall and slowly brush up and down to build up an even momentum.  Roll the paint on all the way from top to bottom and along the wall in one session.

  1. Start on your next wall, cutting in before rolling on the paint. Remember Jackie’s tip – one wall at a time to avoid the “picture frame” effect.
  2. Let dry before applying your next coat. Water based interior paints will be dry after 20min and ready for a second coat after 2hours. A premium paint, such as New Look or Haymes Paint, should only require two coats unless you’ve decided to paint light on dark and forgo the undercoat.

Gary’s Tip:  Paint flows in the direction of your roller, for an even finish, flip the roller between coats. 

  1. Clean up time. As the name implies, water based paints wash up in water. To make your job quicker and easier there are some great paint cleaning tools to help you. Use a disposable roller tray insert and there’s almost no clean up on the tray.  Wallington’s stocks nifty roller cleaners that click onto a hose fitting and spin the roller for an efficient clean and inexpensive paint brush cleaners that work a bit like a mop bucket.
  2. Preserve your left over paint. Air will deteriorate your left over paint so either decant into a new smaller tin (we stock these), or you can cover with glad wrap. It’s a good idea to keep a small amount of paint in jam jar in case you need to do a few quick touch ups over the years.


We hope this helps get you started on your next interior paint project and you’re always welcome to drop by our Paint Place store, open seven days a week, for personal advice.  We stock all the paint and accessories you need to get the job done right. As well as a colour matching service so you get the colour right too!