Worried about spilling paint?

Are you worried about spilling paint on your next big project?

There are a number of things you can do to limit the chance of a spill occurring, or at least make sure that nothing in your client's house is irreparably damaged if you have one.

With your client's permission, of course, it may be a good idea to remove all of the furniture from the room you are intending to paint.

This will ensure your client's coffee table or wardrobe has absolutely no chance of getting covered in paint.

In addition to this, it should greatly diminish your chances of tripping. Having less obstacles around you while you are working is always a good thing!

If you are unable to remove any or all of the furniture from a room, make sure it is all covered.

You will also want to use some kind of drop cloth on the floor, and cover any permanent fixtures or areas of the wall that you do not want to get paint on (such as window frames, smoke alarms and electrical outlets) with tape or plastic.

Make sure any animals are moved out of the area and can’t get back in while the painting is taking place.  This is also good advice for small children!

After you have done all this, you are ready to get on with the renovations!

Once you're underway make sure you always put the lid on the main paint container properly and out of the area you will be walking around. The same goes for the roller tray. Many a painter has stepped off a ladder straight into a roller tray or paint pot.

Work from the top of the room or project down – so ceiling first inside or roof first outside.  That way if you do have any paint that gets away from you, it won’t damage a freshly painted area below.

Even with all the best preparation, no matter how careful you are when working with paint, accidents can and do happen.

So, what is the best way to deal with them? With a spoon, some cardboard and a piece of cloth or newspaper, of course!

The humble spoon is a fantastic tool for scooping up paint that has been spilled.

We have also found that cardboard works a treat when cleaning up paint on concrete or other hard surfaces.

Once you have removed as much of the spilled paint as you possibly can, clean the area with a solvent that matches the paint that has been spilled. If you look on the side of your Resene paint container, the clean up section will tell you what to use. Always clean up paint immediately while it is still wet.

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