Has the time for new colors at your place finally come? Of course, getting the walls of your house painted brings in new vibes, energy and makes your house more beautiful than before. It is something that every homeowner should do once in a year despite the fact that you use high quality paints which may turn out to be very durable in extreme weather conditions as well.
Although adding new colors to your home can enhance its visual appeal but if you want the shades to showcase its true charm then you most definitely need an interior painting perfectionist. A good painting job requires the right use of rollers and especially how good the edges are managed. This utmost need of skill set makes the property owners go for interior painters while ignoring the fact that if you have time and can dedicate yourself to making your house more beautiful then you yourself can also master the same painting skills by following a few tips that I have listed below for you.
This list primarily includes ingenious tips on giving the perfect finish to the walls of your house, reduce clean-up time and can even assist you in extending the life of your paint brushes too. The durability of paint again depends on the quality of your paint that you buy and I hope that it’s actually going to be a good one since everyone thinks the best for their home!
1. Avoid Lap Marks, Roll Full Height
Lap marks are more commonly known as ugly stripes that occur due to uneven layers of paint build up. Basically, they start to appear more when you roll over paint that is half dry. To get rid of this problem all you need to do is maintain a “wet edge” so that every stroke of your roller should overlap well with the previous one right before the paint dries up.
Pro Tip: For wet edge, always start from the corner and roll up and down, along with controlling your movement for each stroke. You can also move backwards to compensate for thick spots and reload the roller often to make sure that it doesn’t get dry. Besides that, keep the open side of the roller at a position where it is facing the area that is already painted.
2. Mix All Cans of Paint in One Large Bucket
You may not believe it at first but the colors vary slightly according to cans even if you are sure that you have bought the same shade. This is why you need to mix all of the cans into one large bucket so that there shouldn’t be any color difference upon painting the wall (which becomes more noticeable if you open a new can in the middle of painting a wall) You can estimate the paint that you actually require in a 5 gallon bucket.
Just in case if you feel that you don’t exactly know the right quantity of paint that you will require, always pour more into the gallon rather than going less. By doing so, you can always pour the remaining quantity back into the cans as well.
3. Dry the Paint before Cutting the Loose Tape
Always pull the tape off only once the paint is dry. The estimated time for the drying of paint is usually 24 hours and as soon as you know that you can now pull off the tape, use a sharp utility knife to cut through the film between wall and the tape. Start from the area where you are sure that the paint is hard. If you ever attempt to cut the tape while the paint is still a bit fresh, you will always end up into a mess that will ruin the entire look of your new wall as well.
4. First Paint the Trims, the Ceiling and In the End Walls
This is another tip straight from the textbook of professional local interior painters. Their pattern includes painting the trims first, then the ceiling and walls right after they are done with both. The reason behind this lies in the fact that it is easy to tape the trims than walls and it is pretty much obvious that you wouldn’t want to tape both of them at once.
However, while painting the trim all you need to take care of is a smooth finish and not being neat. This is because even if the paint goes out of the boundary – to the walls, you will still be able to cover it up when the turn of painting the wall comes.
5. Clean the Dirty Surfaces before the Paint
It doesn’t matter how good the quality of your paint is, if you are putting it on a dirty or oily surface, it will chop off sooner or later. So it is your utmost responsibility to clean up the dirty walls with de-glosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for pre-paint cleaning. Majority of the times, the walls of kitchens and bathrooms are the ones that bear the toughest marks and that is where you need all the hard work as well.
Pro tip: Start with wiping the cleaner in a circular motion with the help of a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad. The direction should be from bottom to top. You should also fill in any nicks and holes along with sanding them before home interior painting.
6. Roll around the Edges for Consistent Texture
In DIY painting, it has been often observed that people paint the corners with brushes that automatically brings in a different texture as compared to the surrounding paint. To ensure consistency in this texture, you need 3 in 1 roller with a nap that has the same thickness as of a roller that is being used for the rest of the wall and do the corners right before the paint dries out.
If you apply the aforementioned tips for painting the walls of your home, I bet you will feel the difference and even be proud of doing the job just like a professional painter!