Are you getting ready to do some painting in your home? If so, then you may want to read our tips for ensuring a great paint job every time!
These painting tips cover the small things, as well as ways to make the job go faster and easier!
Buy the Right Paint
This is an essential part of getting ready to paint any room! First, it’s important to choose the colour carefully. This can be done by following these tips:
1). Use paint testers
These are paint samples that can be taken home with you. You can use these samples in the room at different times of day to see how the colours will look. As light changes throughout the day, the colour you choose will also change. Just hold the colour samples to the wall in natural light and see how they look and change. Each colour will react differently depending on the type of light and time of day.
2). Try the paint on paper
Once you’ve chosen the colour for your room, then paint two coats of this colour onto a white piece of paper. Now, repeat the steps we listed in step one and see how the colour changes throughout the day in the different types of natural light that enter the room. Only do this once the paint has completely dried. If you like the look of the paint, then try painting two coats directly on the wall. Allow the paint to completely dry and see what it looks like throughout the day in natural light.
3). Glossy or flat
This is another issue that can be difficult to decide when painting your home. What’s better, glossy or flat paint? Glossy paint reflects more light and tends to look brighter. On the other hand, flat paint absorbs the light and looks darker. Flat paint is better used for hiding imperfections, while glossy paint can be better for high-traffic areas that may become dirty (glossy paint is easier to clean).
Pre-Painting: Tips for Getting Ready to Paint
After buying the right paint, now you’re ready to do the pre-painting! Here are some tips to help you get ready for the paint job!
4). Choose the right tools
Having the right tools for the job is crucial to the outcome! So, be sure to choose the right tools for your paint job. When it comes to paintbrushes, synthetic bristles are best for water-based paints. These don’t absorb water and won’t cause marks. On the other hand, a natural bristle paint brush is best for solvent-based paints, as these create a smooth finish.
And don’t forget to consider brush size! You’ll need different-sized brushes for the different surfaces that require paint. For instance, 100mm to 150mm is best for most walls. For smaller areas, you might consider a 25mm brush (such as around window frames and trim).
What about paint rollers? You can choose from three different types for interior paint jobs. These include three different pile lengths (short, medium, and long). Short is best for finer work and flatter surfaces, while the medium is better for smooth surfaces. A long pile roller is best for textured surfaces.
5). Buy paint kettles
These are containers that have a wire handle and hold about 1.5 litres of paint. They can be used for emulsion or oil-based paints. They’re also better than painting directly from the paint tin.
6). Set aside time to prep
Prepping for a paint job, especially one that’s large, takes time. So, keep in mind this process will take time and patience. It may be necessary to set aside a day (or more) just to prep the area for painting. The prep times depend on the size of the job, as well as the number of surfaces that need prepping. Remember that stripping old paint or removing old wallpaper can take a lot of time, especially in a large space. Prepping also includes fixing the walls and other surfaces that will be painted, as well as putting on a primer.
7). Free up space
Before you can start painting, it will be necessary to remove as much from the room or space as possible. It will be easier to paint if all shelves, paintings, and other wall art, lamps, furniture, and wardrobes are moved to another room. Nothing is worse than getting paint on your belongings! If it’s not possible to remove some items, then make sure to properly cover them with drop cloths (usually made from plastic sheeting—similar to plastic wrap for food).
8). Remove hardware
If the space includes a number of doorknobs, cabinet handles, light switches, and more, then these will need to be removed before starting the paint job. Some hardware can be removed; however, those that must remain should be covered with layers of paper and taped. If you do remove hardware, it’s helpful to put these into a bag and include a label with what’s inside. For instance, this can include screws, cabinet handles, and more. And if you’re painting more than one room, be sure to label the bag with what room the hardware belongs to!
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9). Paint top to bottom
No matter if you’re painting the ceiling or only the walls, the golden rule of painting is to start from the top and work down. Always! And if you need to paint two coats, make sure the first one is dry before starting on the second coat. And you’ll need to paint the second coat top to bottom, too!
10). Avoid “stretching” the paint
While you don’t want to overload the walls with paint, you also want to avoid “stretching” the paint. Some people do this when they’re trying to use a lesser amount of paint. The result, however, is usually an uneven, blotchy effect.
Summing It Up
There’s quite a bit involved when it comes to painting a room or exterior! However, by following these simple tips, you’ll be assured of a great result every time!
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