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10 Interior House Painting Tips
Everyone wants their home to look great, people struggle to make their walls look bright, smooth and eye soothing. It all depends on how you paint and how the texture gives its looks. We have gathered 10 interior house painting tips which will not only make your painting go smoother and faster but it will also give you a professional-looking beautiful finish that you’ll be proud of.
1. Remove the flaws:
The first thing you need to do before painting is making the surface smooth. That can be made possible with the help of sandpaper. Sanding helps in leveling the joint-compound patches and flattens the ridges around the nail holes. Sanding also removes the burrs and rough spots in your trim. But you need to be careful while pushing sandpaper because putting a lot of pressure on the sanding pole or the head can flip over and damage the wall.
2. Clean dirty surface:
You need to clean your wall before you start painting because if you paint over dirty surfaces, the paint will easily peel off. So before painting, you need to clean grimy areas with a deglosser. They work well to clean, painted, varnished or enameled surfaces to improve the adhesion of the new paint. Wipe on the cleaner in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad. Start at the bottom and work up. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection.
3. Use Pale Primer:
You need to fill the holes and patch cracks with joint compound. Because painting directly over the patches and holes will suck the moisture out of the paint and will give a flat and dull look. As a result, Those spots will look different than the rest of the wall. To avoid this, we need to prime the walls before painting. Prime the wall with a color that is similar to the finish paint. It will give a more vibrant look.
4. Make consistent color:
Paint color varies slightly from one can to another. If your paint gets over and you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, then the difference may be noticeable. So all the paint should be mixed together in a 5-gallon bucket because it eliminates the problem. The color will be same from start to finish.
5. Start with the brush:
To paint like a pro, you need to load the bottom 1 1/2 inches of brush with paint, then tap each side against the inside of the container to knock off the heavy drips, and then start painting.
6. Wash the roller:
You must wash the roller before you use it, no matter what quality the roller cover is, but washing them before their first use gets rid of the fuzz. Wash them with water and a little bit of soupy liquid, and run your hands up and down the covers to pull off any loose fibers. You can start using the roller covers right away, but note this, you don’t need to let them dry.
7. Use a roller for finished texture:
Corners areas can be painted only with a brush, but it can have a noticeably different texture than the surrounding paint. So you need to brush the corners with paint, then immediately roll it out before the paint dries. As it will give finished texture.
8. Feather out paint: You can’t cover large areas like tall walls, ceilings or stairwells in single or continuous strokes, so to minimize the lap marks on these areas is to feather out the paint along the edges that you can’t keep wet. Roll the nearly dry roller in different directions along the dry edge. After completing the entire length, move to the next section and paint over the feathered edges. For the second coat, you need to apply the paint in the opposite direction. This crisscrossing paint application sharply reduces the lap marks.
9. Use Canvas drop cloth: Spatters happen, regardless of how careful you are while painting. But don’t worry, we have a solution for that too, All you need is a canvas drop cloth in your work area. The thick canvas is very flexible as it stays in place you place it, so you don’t need to tape it, and you can use it to cover any surface. Canvas is slippery only on hard ﬂoors, so rosin paper is better over vinyl, tile, and hardwood. Tape the sheets together and to the ﬂoor to provide a non-slippery surface.
10. Let the home dry: Once the painting session is over, you need to clean the floor and doors immediately, because if it is left as such for more time then, the paint won’t be easy to clean. After you clean the entire home. Let it dry, let the walls dry for at least for a day. You need to spend a night somewhere else if anyone in your family is infected to paint or any other chemicals present in paint or any other kinds of stuff.