During home remodeling, painting rooms is normally necessary. It may seem like a difficult task, but there are several easy tips that will help you to paint like a professional. Experts at Quality DesignWorks are able to provide you with expert assistance and any home remodeling ideas you may need.
Sand Down Flaws
One of the most important steps in the painting process is to do a thorough job when sanding down walls. Remove any ridges surrounding nail holes, differences in thickness due to spackle and rough spots in trim. Use a sanding pole and fine grit sanding paper to properly sand the walls from the baseboards to the ceiling. Make sure also sand the ceiling and baseboards if they will also be painted.
Use Degreaser to Clean Walls
Use a degreaser to clean areas that are frequently touched by hands or scuffed by dirty shoes. Paint is unable to correctly bond with surfaces that are dirty or greasy. Therefore, degreaser is helpful for removing grime. Just make sure you wear gloves and eye protection when using degreaser.
Flatten Tape with Putty Knife
If you use the wrong type of tape or improperly place it, paint will be able to bleed through. Therefore, it is best to use blue painting tape. It is able to prevent paint from bleeding without buckling. Make sure it is flattened securely by pressing it down with a putty knife.
Canvas Cloths Rather Than Plastic Sheets
Make sure to place canvas cloths down to protect your flooring. Plastic sheets will prevent paint from bleeding through, but paint will take a long time to dry which increases the likelihood you will accidentally walk through paint splatters and then track them through your home. Thin fabric will not be effective either because paint will be able to easily bleed through. Instead, use canvas; if you only have a small section, use it for each wall before easily moving it.
Wash Covers for Rollers
Before you begin using your rollers, wash them thoroughly with water and a bit of liquid soap. This will remove any fuzz that may otherwise end up in your paint. You will not need to worry about letting them dry, so you can immediately begin using them.
Load Your Brush with Paint
Paint like a Gainesville remodeling company professional by loading up the bottom 1 ½ inches of your paintbrush with paint. Then gently tap each side on the edge of the paint can to remove heavy drips. Typical homeowners attempt to remove most of the paint from the brush onto the side of the can. This method is less effective and reduces the amount of paint you will be placing each time on your wall.
Use a Primer that is Tinted
Once the experts at Quality DesignWorks have helped you choose a color you must use the correct primer. When attempting to paint a new color on your wall, it is helpful to use a tinted primer. White primers take more coats to thoroughly erase the previous color. Similarly, if you choose a primer with a tint similar to the new color, your wall will require fewer coats in order to establish bright colors.
When attempting to apply paint to corners, do not begin in the corner. Instead, start about ½ inch away and slowly bring it to the corner. The bristles will naturally apply paint to the area. Otherwise, you may end up with excess paint in each corner that you will then later have to remove.
Sometimes, paint can vary greatly in color from one can to another even if they are considered the same. In order to prevent painting each wall a slightly different hue, Gainesville design building company professionals use a five gallon bucket of paint to mix all of your paint together at once. This is a process known as “boxing.”
Paint One Wall at a Time
Do not paint all of the trim and corners of a room at once before using rollers to paint the rest. Instead, paint by section and switch off between using your brush and roller. This helps to blend the paint and create a clean finish.
Paint Extender to Eliminate Brush Marks
Gainesville remodelers at Quality DesignWorks add paint extender to paint in order to prevent brush marks. It works to slow down the drying time so you can go over sections again before they dry. Otherwise, when you cover a section multiple times, the color in that area will darken when you do not want it to. Paint extender will also help to level out the paint on the walls so you will not have obvious brush strokes.
Screwdriver Ensures Clean Lines
Textured ceilings often make it nearly impossible to paint clean lines along a ceiling without accidentally getting on raised ceiling bumps. Before you paint, take a screwdriver and run it along the edge in order to remove any texture that will interfere with your painting. The point is so small that the flattened areas on your ceiling will not be noticeable afterwards.
Scrape Windows to Remove Excess Paint
When painting window frames, do not bother using painting tape. The process is time consuming and normally still results in getting paint on the glass. Instead, just paint and then remove excess from glass afterwards with a razor blade.