Avoid Interior Painting Problems With These Tips

20 January 2016
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One of the very basic problems with interior painting is not having the right tools and preparing the surfaces to be painted before the job begins. You should know how to apply the paint because it is much more than just pushing a paint brush or roller across the walls. It takes a specific technique that requires a method you need to understand before you start any painting project. You will have to see the success or failure daily, so you need to be sure it is done correctly. Here are a few guidelines to aid in the process.

Quality Tools and Products

You may purchase the most expensive line of paint the store has to offer, but you must also but applicators that can do the job. If not, you may have lumps and bumps on the walls because the brush came apart or the roller put lint on the painted surface. It is worth the extra money to have quality accessories.

How Much Paint?

It is much better to have too much paint than not to have enough for several reasons. You don't want to run out in the middle of the job, especially if you have ordered a special color. You will also want to have a small amount left over for touch-ups at a later time.

If you have a special color, the dye lot may not be a perfect match if you need more than you have purchased originally. You can also return a ready-mixed color, but not one that has a special tint. Therefore, you must estimate close to the amount needed. Measuring the footage of the area you want to paint is essential. The sales person should be able to assist with the estimation process.

Preparation Steps

  1. Cover the furniture and floors with drop cloths
  2. Wrap doorknobs using plastic and tape around the edges of the trim.
  3. Remove switch and outlet covers.
  4. Clean the walls with a vacuum.
  5. Mix a solution of 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of ammonia to one gallon of warm water to clean the walls. Clean the walls with a rag. Also, clean the baseboards and corners.
  6. Use a primer on the walls for the paint to adhere, creating a beautiful finish. You may also purchase paint with the primer included to skip this step.

Use the Correct Paint

You need to be careful to use the right paint because you cannot put a latex-based paint on an oil-based surface. The paint will peel off or crack. If you have an oil-based paint, you will need to sand the wall before you apply the paint. If you are not sure of the base coat on the wall, take a sample to the paint department if possible.

If you use these tips, you should have a fantastic result. The bit of extra money spent on quality tools and products can make the difference between a surface that will last and one that will peel away or loose its charm with time. For assistance, talk to a painting contractor like APC Services.