Painting Techniques – What Exactly Are Painting Techniques Anyway?

Painting techniques are the things that make a difference between a good painter and an average painter. Things like how you do your prep work, how you set up your work area or apply coatings. Even how you attract new customers.

Some painters have more class than others right out of the gate. They look like painters. They know their coatings. They know which product works best for any given project.

They are neater than other painters. They spend more attention to detail. If something is not as good as it could be they do it over. They have the best tools. They even have a quality vehicle. They do not even get paint on their clothes if all possible. They use painters rags instead of using themselves as a rag.

Some of the old Dutch painters were sticklers for detail. Things like washing the walls in kitchens and bathrooms before painting them, hand brushing ceilings, laying out a nice latex primer on walls and ceilings before adding a coat of oil-base paint to help the oil base dry “more evenly”.

Many painters complain that doing prep work takes too long. I figured out a system a long time ago that makes prep work super-fast and easy. And even more important, my prep work gets done right the first time. Now that is an easy system!

The right painting techniques is how you enamel your doors, woodwork and trim. Do you use a primer first? Do you sand your primer before enameling over it? Do you filter your paints and primers for an extra smooth finish?

Paying attention to these small details are what make you a better painter. Techniques like these take time and practice to develop. If you do enough painting you will soon have your own way of doing things.

I have my own techniques for exterior painting that not only save paint but make the painting process go a whole lot faster even without a paint sprayer.

There are methods that keep painters from gong up and down a ladder as much. There are interior painting techniques that keep lap lines off of ceilings and walls by keeping a wet edge.

These techniques can even include using high-hiding primers and paints to eliminate fade out that occurs using yellows. Did you know that Krylon Fusion is a quick-drying solvent-based spay that sticks well to everything?

I use it to spot ink or stains on walls and ceilings prior to painting. Because it is solvent-based it blocks stains well that otherwise would bleed right through most latex paints.

I get the white in a satin sheen to spray lighting fixtures and beauty rings that go around ceiling lights. They look really nice after they are cleaned up, dusted off and sprayed. With Krylon Fusion they dry to touch in 5 minutes.

Again, as you perfect your trade over the years, whether it is faux painting, house painting or even painting with water colors, you will soon develop your own way of doing things, your own style. These are your tricks–of-the-trade or what I call “painting techniques”.

Lee Cusano has owned his own painting business since 1991. Since 2004 he has helped others to start their own business and make good money doing it right from the start with his several painting manuals. Please visit for some free valuable painting techniques and painting ideas.