Interior painting is the most popular DIY home improvement activity, because painting of walls is one of the easiest ways to freshen up our place. There is no better and more affordable way to improve the appearance of room – just one coat of paint and room looks like new. Another plus of painting is that it is not difficult and does not require special practicing. It is believed that anyone can paint – all that is needed is a little patience, practice and some advice. But, unfortunately, is not that simple. Everyone, who has ever painted walls, knows that this project can turn into a nightmare of endless coats and spotted surface. By following tips below you will get great-looking walls without stress and effort. We guarantee that these painting tips will help to achieve professional-quality results.
Prepare the surface
If you want to gain a qualitative result, you have to properly prepare the surface you are going to paint. Scrape, sand and patch it and then fill all holes, cracks and dents to eliminate all imperfections. Of course, it is not the most exciting part of painting, but it is definitely the most important part. There is no paint which could hide a rough surface, regardless of its cost, manufacturer, consistency or color.
Apply the primer
Any surface has to be primed, regardless of whether you are painting a new wall or a previously colored wall. Prime a surface every time you paint! Primer serves three functions – it blocks stains from bleeding through, it allows one-coat coverage and it improves paint attachment, reducing peeling and blisters. Professional painters tint the primer on the last layer of paint, mixing topcoat paint into the primer. Nowadays we can buy paints which contain primers, but none of them coats and improves attachment as good as a dedicated primer.
Prefer canvas rather than plastic
Usage of plastic dropcloths is an inexpensive way to protect floors and furnishing from paint spatters, but better investment is canvas which are extremely durable and lay flat, preventing tripping hazard. Canvas unlike plastic dropcloths absorb paint drops, not becoming slippery. Canvas unlike plastic dropcloths can be easily folded around corners. Another advantage of canvas is that canvas dropcloths last a lifetime unlike plastic dropcloths which must be thrown out after usage.
Get an extension pole
Stop using the stepladder and get a telescopic extension pole which can be connected with your paint roller. Extension poles are available in different lengths, so you can purchase the one which is suitable for the height of your ceiling. To connect an extension pole and a paint roller the handle of your paint roller must have a threaded hole in the end, so it can be twisted onto the extension pole. Look for an extension pole which has a soft and nonslip grip, and metal core, because plastic handles are too flexible and uncontrollable.
Use a paint grid instead of tray
It is not a secret that usage of paint tray is an annoying and messy process. Much better alternative of paint tray is a paint grid. A paint grid is a rectangular, metal or plastic screen which hooks onto the rim of the paint bucket. A paint grid helps to remove an excess paint, preventing paint flows on walls.
If you have not finished painting in one day, you do not have to clean your paintbrushes and paint rollers. All you have to do is brush or roll off an excess paint and wrap them in some plastic bag or film to seal out any air. When brushes and rollers are wrapped, place them in the refrigerator which will keep them fresh. It may seem weird, but it really works – the paint does not dry and the equipment stays usable.