Anyone can paint their home’s interior, but achieving a professional finish takes care and preparation. The following 10 tips will help you make your home interior paint project a success.
1. Clean Your Walls First
Spider webs, soot, grime and dirt make it difficult for paint to adhere to your walls. To clean your walls, start by dry mopping the surface of the walls to remove spider webs. Next, use a damp cotton rag to wash down the walls and remove the dirt. Allow the walls to dry fully before continuing.
2. Use Canvas Drop Cloths (Not Plastic!)
Canvas drop cloths are superior to plastic drop cloths in a variety of ways. Canvas is designed to absorb paint so that spills dry relatively quickly. In addition, canvas is heavier and thicker than plastic tarps. It stays in place without slipping and cannot be punctured by ladder legs.
3. Use High-Quality Paint Brushes and Paint
Your paint job can only be as good as your paintbrushes and paint. Cheap paintbrushes produce lines in the paint that must be smoothed before they dry. Bad quality paint brushes also lose bristles on the walls as they paint. In addition, poor quality paint tends to be thinner and provide uneven coverage, requiring more coats of paint and more work from you.
4. Use Thick Nap for Textured Walls
Textured walls have deep nooks and crannies that normal paint rollers can’t reach. To get good coverage on textured walls, purchase paint rollers with thicker nap.
5. Prime Patched Areas of the Wall
Patched areas may absorb paint differently than the rest of your wall, leading to a splotchy, uneven finish. To ensure that your patched areas will look the same as your non-patched areas, prime patched areas before painting.
6. Remove Light Switch Covers, Smoke Detectors and More
Trying to paint around light switch covers, smoke detectors and vent covers can cause problems if you decide to replace those items later, because the color underneath those covers will not be the same. Remove your vent covers before painting to avoid problems in the future.
7. Get an Extension Pole
Extension poles allow you to paint large areas of the wall without using a ladder or straining your back. This makes painting easier and more pleasant for you.
8. Use a Roller on the Edges
Paint rollers texture the paint differently than paint brushes. To get an even application of paint all over your walls, use a narrow paint roller to paint the edges of your walls, instead of paint brushes.
9. Store Paint Brushes in the Fridge Overnight
Washing your paint brushes wastes paint if you plan to continue painting later. To avoid washing your brushes between paint sessions, remove excess paint, then wrap the paint brush in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator over night (keep your paint products away from your beer! Latex paint looks good but tastes bad). This same technique will work with your paint rollers.
10. Clean Your Rollers Thoroughly
Paint rollers are notoriously difficult to clean. To get the job done right, use the curved edge of a 5 in 1 tool to scrape paint off the roller and back into the paint can. Next, drop the roller into a bucket of water or solvent and use a stiff bristled brush to remove the excess paint.
For information about selecting paint colors check out our blogs: Paint Turns Your House Into A Home, and 4 Paint Suggestions For Your Tiny, Dark Bathroom.
And for a professionals thoughts about painting a room, check out this video
Stop at Tashman Hardware for Your Paint Products
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