Do you consider yourself an all-around handyperson? Do you like to tackle all painting chores yourself? Painting a home’s exterior has its challenges, as does painting the interior. However, following these ten tips will help ensure you achieve excellent results.
Do You Need to Scrape?
You can buy the best paint around, but if you don’t prepare thoroughly, you will end up with substandard results. Not sure if your exterior old paint can stand up to a new coat? Put a strip of duct tape on the wall and then tear it off. If any paint comes along with it, take the time to scrape and sand off the old paint.
Give the areas scheduled for painting a full dusting and wipe down. This includes ceilings and corners where dust and cobwebs can accumulate. You need the paint to adhere as well as possible to each surface, and dust and dirt hinder that.
Protect Areas from Paint
Use plastic to cover sections you wish to protect from paint. However, substitute cloth or another non-slippery covering for the floor. Cloth will also absorb any spilled paint, while plastic does not.
Use Painter’s Tape for Further Protection
When you need to avoid areas like trim or wallpaper, it is best to put down some painter’s tape. Since it possesses less powerful adhesive than duct tape, this type will not damage the surface or leave behind a sticky residue.
Fill in Holes
Use spackle to fill in any holes in walls. Try to make the surface as smooth as possible.
Remove Electrical Outlet Covers
Trying to paint around electrical or light switch covers will just make a mess. Remove them and keep the covers and the screws together. Use pieces of painter’s tape to protect the switches and plugs from paint splashes.
Ensure Paint Colour Consistency
Although paint stores do their very best to ensure the colour is consistent from can to can, the results are often not perfect. Try mixing the paint yourself in a larger can. This will help guarantee each wall or ceiling looks the same.
Go from the Top Down
It might seem easier to start at the bottom and work your way up, but the opposite is true for best results. Always start with the ceiling before you tackle the walls and trim.
Extension Poll for Painting Ceilings
Would you rather stand on the floor or on a ladder while painting? If you’re like us, you feel safer is you can keep both feet planted firmly on the ground. Putting your roller on a telescoping extension poll will make ceiling painting much simpler and safer.
Wrap Your Paint Brushes
Don’t feel like cleaning your brushes after a long day, especially when you will be using them again tomorrow? Cover them with plastic food wrap! Keeping the wrap airtight will ensure the paint does not dry out on you.
Don’t have the time or the expertise to handle all of your interior painting needs? Just call the professionals at City Painters. No job is too large or too small for our talented team. Call us now at 647-237-6900 to request a quote.