Tips for Interior Painting
The interior of a house or room is the one place you want neat and smoothed. If you are the kind that is keen on detail, uneven wall painting can be annoying.
Whether you opt for DIY or hire someone to do the job for you, it is easy to create a pleasant feeling inside your space by following these 4 systematic painting tips.
1. Choose Your Paint to Fit Room Function
Overall, latex paints are preferred over oil ones because they are easier to remove and last longer. When it comes to the sheen and color of the paint, consider the function of the room in both cases.
Choose a glossier sheen for rooms with more activity such as the children’s play room and the living room. Gloss sheens allow you to use a damp cloth to wipe off blemishes. Alternatively, choose semi-gloss or satin sheens for hallways, bathrooms and the kitchen.
White or near-white colors are a good choice for any room. If you are looking for brighter colors, go by your taste but combine those that have similar shades to create a cool effect.
2. Mix Your Paint in a Single Container
Paint cans may show similar labels but have minute differences in color shade. This is ok as long as the paint stays in the can. Once on a wall, however, the difference is no longer insignificant. If you count among the ‘keen on detail,’ such an effect amounts to a sloppy job.
Make out the approximate amount of paint that you need for your interior walls and mix it in one big container prior painting. This will ensure an even shade for the entire surface.
3. Prepare Your Surface Before Painting
Four preparatory steps are important before you begin painting:
- Ensure you have the correct painting equipment for your project. There are times when you will need a specific type of roller, sprayer or paint type. If you take on a project without the necessary gear, you could find that it takes much longer than intended or, worse, ends up not coming out the way you want.
- Cover the floor with scrap paper and roll out cloth on top if you do not want to do the additional work of clearing paint drops once you are done painting.
- Sand your walls to rid them of old paint.
- Mask-off surfaces that you do not want stained with paint like window trims – use the kind of masking tape that seals-off paint. Wipe off any dust from trims before blocking them out.
- Fill out any tiny holes on the wall and dent any bulging spots on the wall. These are bound to show after painting if you do not smoothen them out.
4. Paint Without Lap Marks
To ensure smooth painting, use a good quality roller sleeve that does not shed fiber and holds more paint. A steady roller frame and handle guarantee even painting. A sash brush will help you fill out spaces near the trims where the roller does not reach.
To avoid lap marks, make full height strokes and ensure the edge is always damp. Lap marks are formed when wet paint is passed on drying edges.
Your Walls are Painted!
You will be impressed by how neat your walls are if you choose the right paint, mix same-color paint to ensure an even shade, and prepare your wall for a smooth paint that leaves no room for lap marks.