Painting the interior of your house is an easy way to freshen it up. But if done precariously, it can turn into a nightmare. To avoid this learn tips and tricks before you buy, preparing the essential equipment’s, and cleanup techniques and skills. Exploring new skills in interior painting of your house will get you great-looking walls. Here are some easy-to-follow- tips.
Choosing Between House Painters and Commercial Painters
House painters can be hired for decorating and painting houses and buildings. They are much better for smaller painting tasks. These painters are usually 2-4 in a team. They are self-employed and perform small limited interior painting tasks but are not less than the professional painters in finishing the job with a professional touch. Residential painters are the best to call for residential house painting.
Commercial painters on the other hand perform large scale painting jobs. They have a large group of staff members of varying experiences in different areas. The crew members take up large painting tasks, for instance public places, shopping malls, recreational sites, shops etc. They have enough infrastructure and equipment and are best known for completing their tasks in the required time period.
Planning and Preparation Of Surface
To get great looking interior walls of your house and a long-lasting impact, you need to make sure that surface of walls that is to be painted should be smooth, clean and dry. Which means you must fill every dent and crack on the surface to remove surface imperfection. No paint will hide a cracked surface. Be it of any color, thickness or cost. For this you will need ladders, paint brushes, wood filler, putty knives, spackle, and fine sandpaper.
Purchasing and Choosing the Paint
While purchasing paint, make sure to choose a color that is appropriate for your interior walls. You can choose Water-based paints (latex) or oil-based paints as per your choice. But pros prefer latex more than oil-based paints as they are not caught flames easily, while oil-based paints are highly inflammable. Even if you use them, it is better to keep away from heat and sparks.
For this turning off the electrical appliances will do. Before buying gallon, it is better to try a sample first. Or if you don’t want to put them directly onto your walls, you can get a board of foam-core of your nearest paint store and then paint each color on it and choose your taste. Measure the area to be painted and then estimate the amount of paint and gallons to be used. Don’t forget that the surfaces which are roughly textured require more. If you are concerned about paint fumes get a low VOC (Volatile organic compounds) paints. This is mandatory to prime the walls and ceilings while painting a new drywall or over a dark color. It reduces peeling of coat as it reduces paint adhesion. It also helps in blocking the patches over the walls.
Starting With the Painting Work
Prepare the room before starting the painting work, as it will make it easier.
- Remove the wall paintings, pictures, mirrors, and hardware that you have. If any hardware can’t be removed using tape to cover them up, or old newspaper sheets can also be used. Keep the area well-ventilated.
- Use canvas or cotton cloths to protect the floors and furnishing from paint splatters as it is extremely durable, rather than using plastic drop cloths as it may make the floor slippery.
- Scrap away any peeling and Sand the interior walls smooth.
- First paint the trim and tape them loosely. As pros suggest that it is difficult to tape off the walls than the trims.
- You can mix two colors to get a better texture. Always paint from dry to wet to avoid roller marks.
- While painting the trims don’t worry if paint splatters onto the walls as you can cover it while painting the walls and ceilings later. For consistent textures roll paint along the edges.
- For the doors, paint the edges first, for neat finishing.
- For ceilings an extension pole can be also used than stepladders.
- After the painting work is finished, put back the lid over the paint containers. Clean the paint brushes with the dish cleaner and brush, comb till the color runs off the brush completely, after this cover up the brush with plastic cover.
- After the paint is dry, remove the tape off the trims. To clean the blotches of paint from the doors and windows paint thinner can be used.
- If some paint is left over then one can seal and store them and keep them for future use.
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