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5 Expert-Approved Paint TikTok Hacks

Indulging in hours of scrolling on TikTok is a familiar guilty pleasure for many of us. Content varies and includes hacks ranging from cleaning to cooking and decorating. While it's true that not all of these hacks prove to be useful, there's good news for those looking to improve their decorating skills. Michael Rolland, a DIY expert at The Paint Shed, has curated a collection of TikTok's top decorating hacks that have been proven to work. 

  1. Painting over masking tape

Achieving a clean and seamless separation between wall and skirting board colours can be a challenging task when painting. The traditional method of painting by hand often leads to colour bleed and smudging.

However, a viral TikTok hack, some of which garnered over 8.1M views and 318k likes, offers a solution. The hack involves placing masking tape on top of the skirting board and painting the upper part of the skirting board with white paint. Once the white paint has dried, you can proceed with painting the walls. Finally, before the wall paint dries completely, carefully remove the masking tape. 

This technique should result in a neat and tidy finish, with distinct separation between the wall and skirting board colours.

   2. Use tin foil to avoid the paint lid sticking

After finishing a project or wrapping up your painting for the day, you’ll need to seal the paint tin with its lid. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to encounter a frustrating situation where the lid becomes stuck and difficult to open next time you need to use it again. 

TikTok users offer a handy tip to prevent this issue. According to the videos, placing a layer of tin foil around the rim of the open paint tin can effectively prevent the lid from sticking. It's essential to ensure that the lid is tightly closed afterwards. Failure to do so may result in the paint drying out, requiring the purchase of new paint. 

So, while the tin foil hack can save you from a stuck lid, remember to properly seal the paint tin to preserve its contents.

  3. Use tape or caulk to remove screw caps

Removing screw cap covers can be a challenging task. These covers are intentionally designed to fit tightly, ensuring they are not easily visible from a distance. However, there is a simple hack to overcome this obstacle. 

By grabbing a piece of tape or caulk and carefully placing it over the screw cap cover, you can then gently pull the tape/caulk towards you. This action should cause the screw cap cover to come off, granting you easy access to the screws underneath for any necessary DIY tasks.


   4. Stop paint cracking over caulk

When working with caulk, you may encounter frustrating cracks in the painted surface. These cracks tend to reappear even after multiple paint applications. However, there's a helpful solution to prevent this issue.

TikTok users have shared a valuable hack with some garnering over 670K views and 17k likes. The hack involves using a product called Zinsser Peel Stop. Simply brush this product over the cracks in the caulk, allowing it to dry for approximately an hour. Once the Peel Stop has set, you can apply a layer of your preferred emulsion paint over it.

By following this technique, you can effectively stop the reoccurrence of cracks in the painted caulk surface, ensuring a smoother and more durable finish.

    5. Use a plaster wall patch

Repairing a hole in the wall can be a daunting task, but fear not! Several TikTok users have shared a fantastic hack making this job much easier.

Start by clearing away any debris from the hole and smoothing the surrounding area through sanding. Then, place a plasterboard patch over the hole, ensuring it completely covers the area. Use a scraper to press firmly along the edges of the patch, ensuring it adheres securely.

Next, mix water with easy fill until you have a consistent mixture. Apply the filler evenly over the plasterboard patch, removing any excess. Allow it to dry completely. Once dry, sand the area until it becomes smooth. Apply another layer of filler, spreading it evenly and removing any excess. Let it dry thoroughly. Once completely dried, sand the surface once more, ensuring a smooth finish. Finally, paint over the repaired area with your chosen emulsion paint.


By following this hack, you can achieve a seamless and professional-looking repair for the hole in your wall.

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