Painting the walls of your home is something that can be made truly enjoyable, fun, and definitely fulfilling. While many will recommend that a professional home painter can bring out the best in your home, you can do a professional painting job as well. By adhering to some useful tips as well as the advice of many home remodeling and renovation experts as well as painting tradesmen, you too can have a home that is vibrant and professionally looking.
Tip No. 1 – Know your Paint
There are two types of paint that are commonly used in-house painting: water-based and oil-based. Oil-based paints have been extensively used because of their sheen or glossy appearance even though they tend to take a much longer time to dry. Today’s paint technology has already allowed the production of water-based paints that offer the same glossy finish, greatly complementing its fast drying properties. You will also need to understand how much paint you will need to purchase to paint the entire surface of your room.
Tip No. 2 – Always Prepare the Surface
Cracks, holes, and other imperfections on your wall need to be fixed. Dirt, dust, cobwebs, and other surface debris should be vigorously scrubbed off the surface of the wall to be painted. Mold growth should be scraped off and the surface fully sanitized with bleach or ammonia to make sure that there will be no remaining microorganisms on your wall surface.
Use canvas cloth as floor covering as well as catchment for paint drippings. If it is expensive, ordinary plastic bags or newspapers may be placed over surfaces to protect them against paint splatter. Make sure furniture, carpet, and other items are adequately covered. You may also need to remove every single fixture that is present in the wall surface to be painted on.
Tip No. 3 – Always Box your Paint
Purchase a 5- or 10- gallon paint drum in which to mix a couple of paint cans. This is to make sure that the color of the paint will be consistent in all sections of your painting project. If not, you will have certain areas that are lighter or darker by a shade compared to other portions. Mix several cans of paint thoroughly.
Tip No. 4 – Tint your Primer
While many modern paints already have a primer element, many experts still recommend the application of a dedicated paint primer prior to painting. Priming serves three very important functions. First is that it prevents paint stains from seeping and bleeding through. Primers also allow for single-coat paint coverage. And lastly, primers significantly improve the adhesion of paint onto the surface. For best results, tint your primer with the finishing paint color so that the primed surface will seamlessly blend into the succeeding paint layers.
Tip No. 5 – Use the Correct Equipment
Use a paint roller attached to a telescoping extension pole instead of a paint brush. Also, use a paint grid instead of a paint tray. Hook the paint grid onto the rim of your paint bucket and roll your paint roller against the grid to remove extra paint.
If you heed these tips and you will be methodical in your approach to painting your wall, you will be guaranteed an elegant, lively, and professionally looking paint job.
Joel is an experience painter with Visions Painting and Stucco who has years of experience. To learn more about him and his business, visit his site at visionspaintingandstucco.ca.