Are you thinking about repainting your home? If so, then you already going about looking at every wall in your living room, dining room, bathroom, or wherever. As you do this you’re assessing the amount of time it’s going to take to get the job done.
The key isn’t to focus on the duration of the job, but the quality. Notice how perfect the edging is. Look for indications of brush or roll marks. The paint job may look professional, but it’s nothing that you could do with supplies from your local hardware store. Listed below are some tips for the repainting of your home’s interior.
Assess Existing Paint
As you look over the room’s walls, examine the base you’ll be painting over. Take a cotton ball, soak it in rubbing alcohol, and rub it over a small area. If you pick up paint residue, then the base is latex. No residue means it’s oil-based, which calls for primer.
Don’t think that paint over dirty areas will “clean it.” This only causes the paint to peel and chip. Use a heavy duty cleaner to get out stubborn spot before painting. Soak the solution into a lint-free rag or abrasive pad and scrub in circular motions while wearing rubber gloves and eye protection. Sand the surface smooth after dry and fill in nicks.
Painting on a humid day can retain the paint’s moisture. Choosing a dry day can cause it to harden quickly. Dropping a golf ball or two inside the paint can will increase its density. The density pushes out oxygen bubbles which contribute to its drying.
Want the right shade of green to accentuate your midwestern Columbus real estate? Avoid having conflicting shades by “boxing” your paints. Simply pour all opened cans of green paint into a large bucket. Use this bucket to dip your brush or roller.
Brushes are great for eye-level jobs, but rollers will cover your ceilings and large surfaces. Use your brush to paint the wood trim first, then switch to a roller for the ceiling and walls. When the roller is drying, run it in different direction to feather out the edges. Wet the roller again, and continue from the opposite direction. This will reduce lap marks.
To protect any objects that can’t be moved to another room, you’ll need a covering that doesn’t leak through. Instead of plastic coverings, use canvas sheets laid over rosing paper. Just secure it with your painter’s tape for a sturdy, non-slip surface.
It’s best to paint the full length of a space with a wet brush or roller. Missed spots can still happen though. Choosing a humid day to paint gives you enough atmospheric moisture to do last minute touch-ups. For particular spots, you may want to get a paint pen. Paint pens can be filled with your color choice where it’ll be fresh for one year. Shake well so the paint comes out smoothly.