Painting your home is not an easy task. However, a fresh coat of paint, always enhances the curb appeal, sales value, and protects your home for many years. It is, therefore, important to avoid mistakes that can either interfere with your progress or render your effort, resources, and time completely in vain. Fortunately, there are resources offered by professionals to steer you in the right direction, while giving your home that fresh painting and look it needs.
8 Things To Do Before Painting
As already stated above, it is always best to be prepared before you start painting, and to do so, here are eight important tips for house painting to keep you on top of your game, as well as avoiding too many hang-ups.
Remove dirt, dust, and grease spots with water, cellulose sponge and a little mild dishwasher detergent before starting the job. Rinse walls with clean water to remove any soap residue. Priming your walls makes for a strong, durable and smooth base for the paint. In fact, it helps the paint to stick to the surface properly. Besides, there are various primers for the exterior and interior, so make a wise choice. Your walls need about two to three coats of primers to offer the right protection and to ensure your paint gets an even finish.
2. Choosing Colors
Although you may have the perfect paint color in your head, choosing the color can be very tricky, especially if you don’t understand the terminologies. With that said, there are some great tools to help you make the right decision between those shades you love such as:
- Paint chips and color wheels; to help you narrow the scope of your color decision between a variety of shades and hues of each color.
- Online tools; there are numerous online tools that can help you make a wise color decision.
- Color consultations; you can also visit a design expert for color consultations.
3. Mix Your Paints In Large Quantities
It is a great idea to mix your colors in larger quantities at a time to ensure uniformity throughout the walls. If you mix colors in smaller proportions, it will increase the chances of discrepancies in the quantities, leading to variations of shades on the same wall. Avoid any kind of remixing for one color to enjoy a uniform look. If you have any problems with mixing large quantities on your own, then it is best to contact professionals.
4. Know Your Tools (Brushes Or Rollers And Painter’s Tapes)
You might get confused while deciding on which tool is the most effective for house painting. Luckily, you can use both of them. For instance, you need rollers for larger surfaces and brushes for the trims, edges, and smaller areas.
Rollers are the best options because they cover a wide area at a time and give a smoother finish. Besides, they can be used easily by both professional and amateur, so you need not worry about your painting skills. High-end painter’s tapes are ideal when it comes to sealing out blurs and drips.
5. Cover Anything You Don’t Want Painted
You won’t regret the time and energy you spend covering your furniture, floors, and hardware before you start painting your house. If possible, group whatever you have in the rooms at the center and cover them for better protection. Remember to cover doorknobs, light fittings, woodwork, and any other place that needs to be covered.
6. Understand The Weather
Don’t rush into painting your house without proper planning. Understand the local weather pattern and choose the time of the year when it will be dry with no lower levels of humidity or rain. You need to give your interior and exterior paints the optimum time to dry.
Damp and low humidity are the biggest enemies of paint, so ensure you paint during the sunny seasons. However, if you must paint during humid seasons, take your time and choose slow-drying paints before moving to the next coat.
7. Know Your Nap
Understand the texture of your walls: the more texture your walls have, the thicker the nap you need. This will ensure that it reaches into the cracks and offer complete coverage. Unfortunately, if you go too thick, you may create a bad texture, so understand the details of what you are painting.
Unfortunately, if you go too thick, you may create a bad texture, so understand the details of what you are painting.
8. Painting From The Top
Start painting from the top of the house and through to the bottom. Always apply the paints to the bottom edge of the sliding first, and then paint the broad surfaces. Again, to avoid lap marks, try to brush from one wet surface to the other. Because you will be working high up, don’t forget to make use of your ladder safely.
With these eight tips, painting either the interior or exterior of your home should become a little easier, but do not underestimate this kind of work. If you must seek professional help, do so if the process becomes overwhelming.