When you are remodeling your home, you will sometimes look to do some interior paintwork to change the look of one or more of your rooms.
In the process of getting ready to paint your home interior, there are some steps that are good to take beforehand to make for a better painting project overall.
With that being the case, here are five tips and tricks for preparing for interior painting in Colleyville, TX.
1. Sand First
The best way to ensure that your paint will go onto the walls of your home smoothly is to first make sure that your walls are as smooth as possible, and that entails sanding them first.
You will find that the surface of your walls will be much more leveled and free of the rough spots that tend to come up over time.
The best way to sand your walls is using a fine sanding paper attached to a sanding pole, making sure that you don't put too much pressure on the pole lest it flip over and possibly cause damage to the
Once you have finished sanding, it is necessary to remove all of the sanding dust that comes up from the wall using a vacuum cleaner to get the majority of it and a damp cloth to get the rest -- and of course, you will need to allow the walls to dry before you proceed.
2. Better Supplies For A Better Paint Job
Though it is surely tempting to go into the dollar section of your favorite retail outlet, you're going to want to skip it when it comes to both painting supplies as well as paint for a couple of reasons.
When it comes to painting supplies, you will find that the cheaper supplies tend to do a considerably worse job of painting your walls than the better made ones -- at some point it may be easier and effective to just toss the paint directly onto the wall and have your walls resemble a Jackson Pollock work than to use cheap brushes.
At the same time, you will find that cheaper brushes make it harder to paint and often bristles will come right off and go into the paint itself, making it so that you have to pick out the bristles so they don't get stuck to the wall.
Cheaper paint is often made a lot worse, and is considerably more difficult in terms of how smoothly it goes on and the consistency of the paint.
3. Tint The Primer To Go With The Intended Paint Color
In terms of the primer coat that you should always make sure to apply prior to painting with
your choice of paint color(s), it is actually better to use a primer that has been tinted to be either a shade of grey (just one is necessary) or a color that is close to the one that you will be ultimately using on the wall.
This is because as far as coverage goes, it is better to use a primer that is not white -- the existing color on the wall will be much better covered if you don't use white.
On particularly bright colors you will be doing yourself a big favor by using such a primer, and save yourself from having to do extra coats of paint.
4. Canvas Drop Cloths To Protect
Dripping paint and painting projects go together and when you are painting the interior of your home, it really can't be avoided.
There are few things that will protect your floors the way that canvas drop cloths will, as far as both the level to which protection is offered as well as how prone the protection is to slipping
all over the place.
A well placed canvas drop cloth will stay in place and not expose your floor to dripping paint, and unlike a
plastic covering will properly absorb the dripping paint and not allow it to get through to the floor.
The benefit of the cloth absorbing the paint lies in the fact that when you later walk on it, the paint doesn't get on your shoes and ultimately your floor.
5. De-grease Before Painting
A dirty wall is one that is not going to take primer and paint well, and your best bet for properly removing all of the dirt and grease and gunk that just accumulates on a wall over time is a good de-greasing agent.
When using such agents you are going to likely want to take a good amount of care to protect your hands as they are quite strong and will require gloves as well as something you can use to apply the agent.
Need some advice on a project in Southlake, TX? Illuminate Painting can help you with your painting needs. Schedule an estimate or call us at (325) 305-6005.