Whether you’re painting your home for the first time or you’re repainting it, you need to do it the right way. Your home is presumably your biggest investment, so you should give it a professional look that you’ll always be proud of. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing exterior or interior painting, give it your best! Have a look at some handy interior home painting tips:
1. Avoid lap marks
Lap marks are the ugly stripes resulting from scratchy layers of paint buildup. If you are to avoid lap marks, always maintain a wet edge such that each stroke overlaps the previous stroke before the paint begins to dry. Always start painting near a corner and roll the roller up and down the height of your wall. Where necessary, move the roller backward but never allow the roller to dry. As you paint, ensure that you don’t leave paint ridges.
2. Consider mixing several cans of paints
If you don’t mix different cans of paint, the chances are that there won’t be consistency in your wall. This is because you’ll have to open a new can perhaps in the middle of the wall, making the difference noticeable. To be on the safe side, mix the cans of paints in a large container that accommodates enough paints for your interior. You’ll then just need to dunk your roller in the container, roll it up and down until it stops dripping. That’s all.
3. Start with the trims, before moving to the ceiling and the walls
Professional home painters usually paint the trim first, the ceiling, and then the walls. This is because tapping off the walls is harder than tapping off the trim. As you paint the trim, just focus on getting a smooth finish—there is no need to be neat. And if trim paints get to the wall, ignore it. You’ll deal with it when painting walls. When you are done with the trim, tape it off and move to the ceiling and the walls.
4. Avoid a blotchy finish
Freshly painted walls usually have an inconsistent color. This inconsistent color often occurs over the cracks and holes patched with a drywall compound. The surface becomes dull when the fillers absorb the paint, and when light shine on these dull spots, they stick out together. If you are to avoid a blotchy wall, consider using primer seals—these seals prevent paints from sinking in.
5. Clean dirty surfaces
Painting over dirty and oily surfaces is just a waste of time. It is almost certain that the paint will peel off or chip. You definitely don’t anticipate a situation where you will have to repaint the walls, so clean dirty surfaces before you start painting. It is recommended that you use heavy-duty cleaners to better the adhesion of paint. These cleaners are perfect for cleaning oily areas such as bathroom and kitchen walls as well as getting rid of hand marks around doorknobs and light switches. Remember to fill in any holes and nicks and make them smooth. Also, don’t forget to wear eye protection and rubber gloves when using these cleaners.
6. Paint along the edges
Edges and corners usually have a different texture. Therefore, if you need to make texture consistent in these areas, put the paint then roll it out immediately before it dries. As you paint, roll as close as you can but avoid making contact with the opposite wall or the trim. Before you move to the next section, always ensure that you have perfected the section you are working on lest you be forced to repaint.
7. Avoid using plastic cloths
Plastic drop cloths are hard to walk on because they are too slippery. They just can’t stay in place. To make it worse, paint spills on plastic cloths always find a way to your shoes because they stay wet. Now that you know that plastic is not an option, do you have an alternative? Yes, you have. Opt for cotton drop cloths as opposed to plastic. You won’t regret. Unlike plastic cloths, cotton drop cloths stay in place and hence there is no need to tape them. These cloths are ideal for covering any surface! However, if there are large spills, you will be forced to wipe them off immediately lest they seep through.
8. Always sand trim between coats
Always sand trim between the coats before you apply paint if you are to avoid a grainy texture. Use a fine-grit sanding sponge since it allows you to apply uniform pressure. This sponge also grants you access to places where a sand paper can’t access. Once you are done sand trimming, apply a coat of paint and let it dry for twenty-four hours. Once it is dry, sand it again for a totally smooth surface.
With these interior home painting tips, you are good to go.
However, if you need to paint your home exterior, read on to get handy tips on the same.
1. Begin from the top
Unlike when painting the interior where you start from the trim, when the painting the exterior, you need to begin from the top then paint downwards. And since you will be working high up, a ladder comes in handy. Ensure you have it. As you paint, avoid lap marks as much as you can because this is the only way your home exterior would be appealing.
2. Start in the shade
Painting your exterior in direct sunlight causes fresh paints to dry faster, and thus they won’t stick well. To avoid this, ensure that you start painting from the shady side of your house, and then wait for the other parts of the house to become shady. Alternatively, you can choose to do the painting on an overcast day. This way, you will not have to wait for other parts of the house to get shady so that you can work on them. Whatever option you opt for, remember that your aim is to make your home appealing.
If you need to paint your home, and you don’t want to involve the experts, the above tips will come in handy. It doesn’t matter; whether you need to work on your home interior or exterior, provided you have the right paints, if you follow the above tips, you should be set to go. Take action now and make you home a better place to live.