Painting Tips for Homeowners
Most homeowners find painting interior walls a challenge but it’s also a fun activity. Great looking walls can bring good ambiance and relaxation to the room or to the entire house. Read on to these 6 steps on how to get your paint job looking the best and keeping your sanity intact.
Homeowners enjoy DIY home improvement activities because it's cost efficient and fun to do. Nowadays, we get great inspiration from sites like Pinterest to show us the many ways we can turn our homes into the perfect space. Painting is the best and affordable way to freshen up rooms and give the room its attitude and style. Painting walls don't need a lot of skills or training – after all, you’re just putting your paint brush on the wall – however it takes a lot of patience, creativity and some sound advice.
These DIY tips can help deliver professional-quality results.
1. Prepare the Wall Surface
Before anything else, clear the surface! Cover holes or flatten and soften the surface to create that smooth canvas for the paint. This is the less favorable process in the entire 6-step yet the most important. Not even the best manufactured paint, color or thickness can hide all the wall imperfections if this step is skipped.
2. Tint the Primer
After that hard job of smoothing the surface, priming walls and ceilings is a must to start your fun painting activity. Primer has 3 main functions. Preventing stains from bleeding through, allowing just one coat to give that absolute coverage and lastly, it improves paint adhesion and keeps the paint from fading overtime.
Most professional painter add a small amount of topcoat paint to the tint primer mix to enhance the topcoat paint to give full coverage and cover the primed surface entirely.
Primed paints are also available in the market however nothing works best in improving adhesion and coverage than getting a dedicated primer.
3. Canvas drop cloths
Plastic drop cloths are a popular way to protect your floor from paint splatters cost efficiently, however the cons outweigh the pros. Plastic drop cloths can be slippery and can cause accidents when drips of paint will be on it. It cannot be folded around the corner and most likely to be thrown out after using.
Canvas can be the best way to go as it is durable and rip-resistant and can lay flat, so it is less of a tripping hazard. It can absorb drips and can be folded away and keep for a long time.
4. Using extension poles
Thinking of painting the ceiling or higher walls, you think of ladders first. Getting an extension pole is also a great idea. Choosing the right extension pole can help you do your work fun and fast. Choose a roller with a threaded hole to twist it onto the pole. Also look for non-slip with metal core because plastic handles are harder to control due to its flexibility.
5. Paint Grid vs Tray
Utilizing a paint tray is simply messy than using a paint grid. A paint grid is a rectangular bucket with metal or plastic screen that is attached to the rim of the bucket. In this way, you can save on paint by dipping the roller sleeve into the paint and remove excess paint by rolling it on the metal or plastic grid before paint application.
6. Storing Paint Overnight
Still a lot of work to do tomorrow? Today's work has been great but tomorrow's another day to paint and you need to save your paint for round two tomorrow. Cleaning your paint brushes are just a pain when you are expecting another paint activity the next day. Instead of cleaning, simply brush off excess paint and take a food wrap and wrap it around your paint roller or brush. Double up the plastic if necessary, to keep the air from getting in and drying out the paint on the brush. Store them on the refrigerator! It’s crazy but it does the work in keeping the paint from drying.
The next day, simply remove the gear from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you start painting to make sure that it is ready for your use. You can repeat this process as many times as needed until you finish the entire house.