The 4 Most Important Tips For Painting Your Home Interior
You might find it daunting to paint the inside of your home by yourself. But it certainly is possible to do it and to do it well. We believe you are more than capable of the job.
Here are four important painting tips to remember when painting your home’s interior.
Choosing a Paint
Good paint is costly. Not-so-good paint is costly, too. Let us explain. The cost per gallon of good, durable, long-lasting, durable, smooth, durable, eye-catching paint can cost $30 to $40. Lesser quality paint can be bought for $15 a gallon. That sounds like a lot less but the reality is that to get the same result you will need to paint two or three coats. All of the sudden you’ve spent $45 dollars to get the same result. It will not be long-lasting either. Remember to count the additional labor that goes with multiple coats. You will have to repaint after a few years. Spare yourself from paint frustration. Use high quality paint the first time. As a general rule, use latex paint on the walls and ceiling, and oil-based paint on trim.
When you get to the store you will find straight-edge brushes and angled brushes. Generally, angled brushes are for trim molding (more control) and cutting. Cutting is the act of painting along trim, edges, corners and borders where a roller cannot reach. Straight-edge brushes are for the rest of your painting because they hold more paint and cover more area.
Good quality brushes can be expensive. Clean your brush even during a painting session. Paint has a tendency to move up the bristles toward the handle (the heel and the ferrule). When a lot of paint collects there you will notice more dripping and splattering. Paint will not spread as smoothly. Rinse the brush under running water until all the paint is gone. (Use water for latex paint; mineral spirits for oil-based paint.) Handy hint: use a fine-tooth comb to brush stubborn clots off the brush. Dry the brush by pressing the bristles on a rag or paper towel and resume painting. Clean your brush this same way to store for the next project.
Rollers are used to paint the walls, ceilings and other large spaces. Use a sheepskin roller. Others will clot up or leave lint-like pieces on the wall that look horrible. You can care for the roller just like you do for the brushes as mentioned above.
Thinking of using a paint sprayer? We don’t blame you. It’s efficient and reduces the time greatly. It is also blotchy, drips and can look uneven if are not experienced with one. Operating a paint sprayer takes skill. Let a professional use the sprayer.
Prepping the Paint Surface
If your home painting project involves painting over already-painted surfaces you will not need a primer. If you are painting on sheetrock, wood, metal or other raw material USE A PRIMER!
When you are ready to attack your room (or feng shui the colors, if that’s your mojo) be sure to clean all the surfaces. Remove dirt, dust, peeling paint, splintered wood and anything else that will inhibit your ability for a smooth paint job. Remove all the outlet and switch covers. That includes light sconces and mounting brackets on your ceiling fans.
Applying the Paint
First, you need to cut the surface. Put your machete away. Cutting means that you paint all the spaces that require attention to detail or places where a roller or wide brush cannot reach. Cutting is when you paint around electrical outlets and lights and window trim and door frames. Be sure to paint at least a 4-inch swath when cutting.
Now you get a chance to work on your paint stroke, style, form, whatever you want to call it. Always paint with the grain. Never paint against the grain. Use long, straight strokes. No rainbow, sweeping arches. Try to feather where you start and end the stroke. When possible, hold the brush pointing downward, like an ink pen. It keeps the paint on the part of the brush you are using and not on your hands.
Bonus Tip: Choosing a Color
This should be the first thing you do. Our invaluable tip for choosing a color: put the boxing gloves on. Just kidding. Frankly, this is a matter of purely personal taste. You can talk all you want about room flow, coordination with adjacent hallways or rooms, mood you want to establish. In the end, it is a matter of personal preference. Be pleased with the color. Don’t just settle.
You can do this! Painting can be rewarding and gives a sense of accomplishment. You’ll also be more pleased having done the work yourself. So, give it a try. Too busy? Call us. Our professional and experienced team will get it done for you. Remember, it’s Duran’s Roof AND Remodeling. 281-342-4436.