Actually, any time is a good time to work on developing better habits—not just at the start of the year. However, it is somewhat of a tradition to commit to such things whenever January rolls around. So, if you’re looking for ways to improve your painting competency, here are some habits second nature to professional painters that DIYers can emulate.

Going Over the Label in Full

Ignoring the product label is a rookie mistake. One that can quickly turn costly. A painting mistake can turn into painting problems that waste your time, money, and energy.

More often than not, home painting is a multi-step process and sometimes, it gets confusing. This is why it’s wise to always read the product label completely. If it’s a Boysen product, you’re likely to find a guide for proper surface preparation, the product’s painting schedule, safety reminders, and more.

Aside from the label, a product guide and technical info about each Boysen product can also be found on the Boysen App. If you don’t have it yet, get it. It’s free and has a ton of useful features and tools.

Stirring Products Before Use

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The first thing pro painters do after they’ve opened a can of paint? Mix it. Pigment and other paint components settling to the bottom of the container is typically normal and expected. Mixing well before use ensures you get a homogenous product with the same consistency throughout. Take a clean tool and give your paint a good mix.

For some Boysen products, like Plexibond, it’s recommended that you stir the product every so often during your project.

If you have leftover paint, give that a good stir before use too. After stirring, if the paint is smooth with a consistency that’s the same as when it was first opened, you can still use it. However, if solid particles remain after mixing, your paint is no longer fit for application. Discard it and head to the store for a new can.

Cleaning the Surface Before Application

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Don’t get lazy. Clean the surface you’ll be applying paint on before starting. Pro painters know that dirt, dust, and any other foreign materials can ruin a good paint job. Instead of sticking to the surface itself, the paint sticks to the dirt. In other words, you get poor paint adhesion.

Cleaning is part of a lot of surface preparation procedures. It’s done so you get good paint adhesion. Good adhesion will ensure that your paint coat will last long and be better able to beautify and protect your surface. When there’s poor paint adhesion, the coating will deteriorate faster and you see paint problems like peeling, flaking, and blistering.

Using Good Quality Tools and Caring for Them Well

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This may be a hard pill to swallow but the quality of your brush and your roller really does make a difference. For one, good quality tools perform better. Good rollers and brushes are a lot less likely to leave behind fibers and bristles on your painted surface. They’re also able to hold a good amount of paint, lessening the chances of marks and streaks.

Second, high-quality tools last longer. Unlike low-quality brushes and rollers that easily break, they can be reused over and over again. This is especially true if you care for them properly by cleaning them once you’re done for the day. They’re an investment so if you see yourself doing more home painting in the future, choose good quality tools.

Storing Paint Leftovers Properly

There are a few instances where there’s a need to store paint that’s already opened. It could be that you’re done for now but will need it for another day or you’ve simply bought too much (find a paint estimation guide here). Whatever the case, pro painters will know how to properly store leftover paint so it doesn’t go bad.

Some points to remember: close the lid well, avoid contamination by using clean tools while working, find a storage spot that’s away from direct sunlight and moisture, and learn how to tell if paint has gone bad.

Hope these tips help you improve as a painter. There’s always something new to learn. Here’s to a colorful 2024!

If you have any questions or inquiries about Boysen products, our technical team will be happy to assist you. Send an email to or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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