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One of the simplest and easiest ways to ensure your paint job goes smoothly and without hassle is to simply buy a higher quality paint. It's the best tip we can give!

When you use a superior paint, despite an initial slightly greater outlay, it will actually save you money in the long run, as a lower quality paint will crack, peel and lose colour over time, meaning you'll need to fork out on more paint for a re-coat. Not only that, you'll need to spend more time painting over something you already did not long ago, when you could be spending that time doing something you enjoy.

Quite simply, a higher quality of paint looks better, is more vibrant and it will last much longer than most standard paints. Additionally, when you use a quality paint it dramatically increases the ease of application, making the job a much more pleasurable and hassle-free experience.

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Whilst intense or strong colours do look vibrant and add life to any wall or surface, it's worth considering that they will require a bit more work than standard colours. Vibrant colours tend to fade quicker and easier which can be particularly annoying if the surface you've painted is a focal one.

You'll find yourself needing to apply touch-ups down the line to restore the wall to its former glory, or risk it becoming a little dull and uninspiring.

Vibrant colours are great and are still hugely popular, and if you purchase a high quality paint like ours here at Regal Paints, this issue becomes much less of a worry due to our superior paint lasting so much longer than other standard paints.

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A good way to ensure your paint rollers don't leave unwanted stray fibres on your beautiful paint job is to wash them first with some lukewarm water and soap. This will rid the roller of any fluff which would otherwise be likely to come off onto your painted surface during the application process. Rollers don't require to be dry when in use either, so you can use them straight after washing whilst still wet.

Another useful way in which to minimise fluffy fibre deposits onto your desired surfaces is to purchase nylon bonded paint rollers which are heat-bonded to their nylon core, ensuring virtually no loose fibres are deposited onto your walls.

To go that one step further to ensuring the smoothest finish to your coats - because let's face it, a final coat with lots of impurities doesn't look so great - first go over your rollers using a sticky lint roller prior to use.

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As well as there being different surfaces and paint types which make it easier to apply your desired coats, there are also particular weather conditions which will either make it easier or more difficult to complete your job in hand!

The optimum temperature for paint drying is around 20 degrees Celsius, so even though a sweltering summer's day might seem like the ideal time to finally get round to completing that paint-job you've been putting off for so long, actually it'll take longer to dry and it might not spread as smoothly as it would on a milder day.

The same rule applies for when painting on those cold and chilly days, as most paint generally absorbs quicker and spreads much more evenly and smoothly when it isn't subjected to extreme hot or cold temperatures. It's still possible to paint on these days, it's just preferable and more convenient to wait until the temperature is more appropriate.

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Paintbrushes absorb rather a lot of paint during the application process, probably more than you'd expect. Or perhaps not given how thorough you need to be to completely wash your brushes after use! This process actually wastes a decent amount of paint (and time) but there's a crafty way to save all that wasted paint and completely eradicate time spent cleaning up!

Instead of rinsing it clean at the end of each day, wrap your brush in some kind of plastic wrap or carrier bag and place it in the freezer overnight. Remove the brush from the freezer around 15-20 minutes before you intend to start, and your brush and its paint will be ready to use.

The same also applies to paint trays and painting rollers. Instead of washing large amounts of perfectly good paint down the drain, wrap the tray and roller in cling film or a plastic bag and freeze it until you need it next. Leave the same amount of thawing time before next use.

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Keeping paint drops and spills off door handles doesn't have to be a troublesome or stressful task! There's an incredibly simple, easy and cost-effective way to avoid spillages onto door handles, light-switches, shelf brackets and many other things for that matter. That solution is tin foil, an item you've probably already got in your home. It can easily be wrapped around things like door-knobs to keep them clean and looking as-new.

Even the most experienced painting professional will find it very hard to get every drop of paint to go exactly where it should at all times! There will always be some unwanted splashes, it's almost inevitable.

However, wrapping door knobs (and all other items which you want to keep paint-free) in aluminium foil will keep them spic and span throughout your paint project.