A handy breakdown of paint jargon
About to kick off your next paint project, but feeling a little overwhelmed by the endless DIY jargon? We hear you. The world of paint comes with many a confusing term, but we’ve got you. To get you focusing on the fun stuff, we’ve broken it down for you. Our jargon busting guide covers the top 5 terms you need to know to sound like a pro, and paint like one too.
Priming (A.K.A. Prep)
Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail, as they say. When it comes to painting walls, this couldn’t be any truer - a primer (or as we like to call it, 'Prep') is the first coat you should be rolling out.

Priming protects the surface it’s applied to, and helps your new coat of paint grip the surface you're covering more firmly. It also increases paint durability and covers up any stains that just won’t budge, no matter how hard you scrub.

It’s oh so essential for metal and wood surfaces, and we highly recommend it for bare plaster walls.
Feathering
Patchy walls are a problem. That’s where feathering comes in.

Feathering refers to using a brush to go over the wet edge that has just been painted. This will blend the fresh paint with the section next to it, and save you from that streaky finish.
Cutting in
Whether you’re well versed in the world of DIY or just starting out, you’ll likely have come across the phrase ‘cutting in’. So, what exactly does it mean?

Cutting in refers to painting those nooks and crannies that rollers just can’t reach — essentially, it means starting off your paint project with a border. Tape up your area, then brush paint into the edges of walls, around switches and sockets and you’re officially ‘cutting in’ like a pro.
Laying Off
After rolling out a section of your space, we recommend laying off the paint.

This refers to gently rolling back over the wet paint in parallel strokes to keep your finish even and oh so smooth.

Pro tip: Don't reload your roller before laying off a section - a full roller will only create new marks on your freshly tinted walls. It’s a no from us.
Wet Edges
Say goodbye to streaks!

As a general rule of thumb you always want to be painting with a ‘wet edge’. This means not letting the paint dry on one patch before you start painting the section next to it.

By keeping a wet edge, you’ll make sure sections of paint will blend together. Seamlessly. (You can thank us later).

Now, get rolling. You got this.
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