Tackling an interior painting project is a big process that can offer an incredible payoff both in style and value. Doing it right is essential, though. For those who are just starting out, before you buy the brushes and pick the paint color, remember these interior painting tips.
Interior Painting Tips
1. Purchase a small quart of the paint you are thinking about, apply it to an area, and then consider it closely. You don’t want to commit to a paint color, buy a lot of it, bring it home and hate it. This gives you the ability to check it out not just at application but over the course of a day or so. You can see it in various lighting.
2. The type of paint you use depends on what’s already on the wall. For example, if you have an oil finish on the wall, don’t try to apply latex unless you sand down the surface first (and remove all of the dust particles.) Then apply a primer of the same type of paint. To find out what’s on your wall, place a dab of rubbing alcohol on a white cloth and rub it on the wall. Water-based paint will transfer to the surface and oil-based will not.
3. Eco-friendly paints with low volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are best in most residential areas. These have less toxins and are safer for you to choose. Zero-VOC paints are also available. These are an environmentally-friendly solution.
4. Use soap and water on your walls before you paint. Most of the time, even thick, high quality paint will not adhere well to sticky, dirty walls. A simple wash and rinse can help. Allow your walls to dry overnight before you apply paint to them.
5. Remember, it’s going to take time. Don’t rush the process. It will take you several hours to prep and paint a space. Then, you should not add items back into the room for 24 hours. Once the surface dries for 24 hours, you can begin bringing items in. It can take two weeks to 30 days, though, for the walls to cure. In this time-frame, avoid touching or washing the walls.
6. To ensure an even coat of paint that is the same color throughout the space, mix all containers purchased together. This is necessary since even that massive paint mixer at the home improvement store can produce colors that are slightly different from each other. Be sure to purchase all paint at the same time once you’ve selected a color.
7. Avoid the painter’s tape. It is expensive and time consuming. Instead, go with an edger. This allows you to get a great look without all of the time investment it takes to tape a room. See here about the pros and cons of using painter’s edge.
8. Choose brushes wisely. Use nylon bristle brushes for all of your water-based paint. Go for natural bristles for oil based paint. Foam are okay for intricate work like on moldings and casings.
9. If you are painting wood or wallboard, choose a roller with 3/8 inch nap or less. For other surfaces that have more texture, you’ll want to choose one with a larger nap. This can help to reduce the number of coats you need to apply.
10. Always keep some of the paint you’ve used on the project on hand for touch-ups later on.
Don’t Be Afraid To Get Help Where Necessary
Interior painting can be a challenge to get just right. That’s why working with Prompt Painters can make the process smoother. Contact our paint specialists to get all of your interior walls painted professionally, affordably, and with superior workmanship. Our team is ready to help you!