What Are The Safety Tips For Painting?

Painting is not such a difficult project to undertake as long as you know what you’re doing and have done preparation for it. It does not demand a lot of you physically, and probably the toughest part will be painting the ceiling. 

The key to a successful painting project is prepping. This is a step that you cannot skip, as the results (or bad results) will show if you have not done proper prepping. Always practice safety when undertaking a do-it-yourself project, even if its something as simple as painting.

Using the right tools

Always keep blades sharp as dull blades require more force to use. You may slip when applying pressure when using the blade, and could hurt yourself.

Always use safety goggles or glasses especially when using power tools, especially if you wear contacts. Also use them when you’re painting the ceiling or using a paint sprayer.

Always unplug your power tools when making adjustments or changing attachments. 

Be sure your tools are properly grounded. 

Watch power cord placement so that it does not interfere with the operation of the tool 

Always use proper respirator or face mask when sanding or working with chemicals. 

Always use ear protection when operating power tools, as some operate at a noise level that can damage hearing. 

Always tie up loose hair and clothing so that they don\’t get caught in power tools 

Wipe up spills immediately. 

Don\’t smoke or allow open flames, such as a pilot light, around solvents or solvent-based paints. 

Dispose of rags carefully to avoid spontaneous combustion. 

When using a stepladder, have both pairs of legs fully open and the spread bars locked in place and never climb higher than the second step from the top. Allow for one quarter of the height of the ladder when bracing a ladder against the wall. Do not use an aluminum ladder when working near electrical wires. 


Useful Terms

Cutting in. Using a 3 or 4 inch brush to paint corners and edges where wall meets wall and wall meets ceiling and next to the trim. 

Feathering. A series of light strokes with brush or roller, lifting the applicator lightly at the end of the stroke to blend in the paint. 

Sash brush. A 1 ½ inch angled brush made for detail painting of windows and narrow trim pieces. 

Trim brush. A 2 inch brush for painting door trim and other wide moldings. 

TSP. Tri-sodium phosphate, an industrial cleaner.