If you want to paint the interior of your house, it is advisable to hire a professional, Painting your interior without professional help is possible if you commit to doing a little research and getting the right tools. You will require time, skills, and some help from friends or relatives. When you paint your house yourself, you may save a significant amount of money because a large part of the house painting bill is labor costs.
Beware that you are unlikely to create a coat of paint that is perfectly smooth (like professionals do) on your first attempt. Professional painters have developed certain procedures that help them work fast and neat for elegant results. This article will share some practical advice, professional methods, and insider tricks that will help you have a successful wall painting project.
Preparing Your Room for Painting
You will need to prepare the room you intend to paint by removing any obstructions. It is essential to remove as much as you can to avoid accidental paint splatters and create room to move around freely when painting. If you do not have extra room to store the items, you can gather them in the center of the room and cover them with a drop cloth or plastic sheets.
After you have moved the larger obstructions you can then focus on small things like removing the outlet plates, light switch plates, pictures, hooks, etc. Then, proceed to place painter’s tape over the remaining outlets and switches to keep them free of paint.
You will also need to select the paint color you want and get all the tools necessary for the job. Many DIY websites have checklists that you can use to ensure you have everything you need before beginning the job.
Primer is not always necessary when painting a wall. If you are repainting your wall the same color, and its current quality of paint is good, you will not need to use a primer. Drywall primer should be used when the surface being painted is bare drywall paper. You can request your paint supplier to pre-tint the primer so it is close to your intended wall color. When the primer is close to your painting color instead of white, you will need fewer coats of paint for a good finish.
You will have to mix your paint before you begin the painting project unless you had mixed it at the store a few hours before the start. You can mix the paint using a wooden stick or a metal spiral power mixer that can be attached to the end of an electric drill.
Dip your brush lightly in the paint can, wipe off the excess, and paint 5-inch wide swaths along the edges and slightly on the painter’s tape using a 2-inch trim brush. You can also use the cutting technique to paint edges 4 inches inward. Both methods will require you to paint on at least two coats.
Roll Paint on Inner Parts of the Wall
Dip your roller into the paint tray and squeeze it out by rolling it on the tray. Paint the wall in W shapes repeatedly to fill up small sections of the wall. Ensure you finish one section before moving on to the adjacent area. When using rollers, ensure you work off a wet edge to prevent streaking.
Dry the Paint and Paint the Second Coat
After finishing the first coat of paint, ventilate the room by opening all windows and running a fan in the room if possible. You will need to wait for a couple of hours for it to dry. Usually, paint takes longer to dry in humid environments. In dry warm conditions, flat paint can be ready for a second coat in a few hours. Also, paints that are very glossy take longer to dry than others.
If you are using acrylic, water-based, or latex paint, you can clean your brushes and work area with soapy water and a paint comb. You should remove all the drop clothes and hang them outside to air dry. Dispose of any plastic sheeting used responsibly. Wait at least one day before removing painter’s tape to cut the paint and reveal neat sharp lines.
If you have the time to learn to paint like a professional, these tips will help you get started. For the best results, it is advisable to use high-quality paint, and wide roller covers and learn the cut-in technique.