The ultimate goal of painting your home may be to make the fresh, unfamiliar room feel like home sweet home. So once you begin the process of painting a house’s interior – including choosing the paints, prepping the walls, painting and cleaning up afterwards – what are some helpful things you can do to make sure your DIY paint job looks like a professional has completed it?
Check at the best tips and tricks from insiders that daily commercial painters use to make sure they get the job done right, every time!
PRESS TAPE TO AVOID BLEEDING
To finish a paint job, there’s nothing worse than letting it all dry and peeling the tape off the walls only to see the paint bled through in unsealed areas. To help stop this, use a putty knife, scraper, or something else to force down the tape and create a tight seal to prevent paint from leaking through.
Another valuable trick to paint is to use the trick of the blue painter over a masking tape. Masking tape will leave behind a sticky residue (especially if left in the heat), while blue painter tape can only be left on for days to peel off nice and clean.
SAND AWAY ROUGH SPOTS
It’s smart to start with a perfectly smooth surface when painting your walls by using a sandpaper to level joint powder, spackle, or non-flattened ridges around nail holes.
Not only does sanding level the floor, it also eliminates rough patches in your trim or walls, making for a more even coat of paint. However be careful not to apply too much pressure when sanding-by scratching the wall, you might potentially end up doing more damage than good.
CANVAS DROP CLOTHS ARE A FLOOR SAVER
Instead of using plastic or old bed sheets to cover your floor from water, using canvas drop cloths. The best thing about this is that when you’re painting your ceiling, you don’t need a cloth that’s so large it covers the floor of the entire house. Only get a piece that stretches over the length of the area that you’re painting.
In comparison, where paint falling on plastic can take to dry forever – sometimes getting stuck to the bottom of your shoe and being tracked around the house – paint falling on fabric appears to dry up very quickly. Apply to this the fact that paint falling on fabric can’t splatter and there is just no need to use sheets of plastic painters.
TINTED PRIMER WORKS WONDERS
To prevent the flickering issue (spots in the wall where the paint is smooth and dull like), professionals tend to use tinted primers over plain white ones. The explanation for this is that tinted primers do a much better job of covering existing paint colors and often need less coats than when using standard primers.
It is particularly valid for bright colors like purple, red or yellow because they can often take up to three coats without a primer to look their best.
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