How to Make Your Paint Job Work for You: Tips from the Pros
A do-it-yourself interior paint job can help you get your home ready for potential buyers or can give your walls an updated look that’s overdue, for your own enjoyment. An interior paint job that has a professionally done look doesn’t happen automatically. To achieve best results, why not learn from professionals? The pros work quickly and efficiently, and at the same time they employ effective techniques that produce high quality results. The following are some tips for achieving a professional quality do-it-yourself interior paint job.
Sand the Flaws
For painted walls and woodwork to look perfect, the surfaces must be perfectly smooth. Sanding should flatten rough spots and ridges around nail holes as well as address other flaws to provide the smooth surface you need.
Clean Walls, as Needed
Even if you use primer, your paint job won’t turn out right if the surface is filthy or greasy. Professionals typically use a degreaser to clean greasy or dirty walls. These specially formulated products cut through to the surface and make it possible to achieve the needed paint adhesion.
Be Smart with Paint Primer
Paint primer is recommended for most interior paint jobs, with one possible exception being if the existing finish is flat. If there has been any patching done on the walls, such as with compound, applying primer paint is very important. Without primer, painting over the areas with compound will have a dull, flat look, as a result of the moisture being drawn out of the paint. Priming solves that problem and more. Professionals often choose primer that is tinted gray or a color similar to the finish coat to achieve a more vibrant look with fewer coats.
Press the Painter’s Tape
Prep work is essential to any paint job, and using painter’s tape is an important step in preparation. Masking tape is not recommended because it leaves behind sticky residue that creates messy problems. The purpose of the painter’s tape is to prevent paint from going where it’s not supposed to. Professionals use an important trick to stop paint bleeds. When applying the painter’s tape, the pros press the tape down securely with a putty knife or a similar tool. A secure seal is formed, which prevents bleed-through. By carefully applying painter’s tape where needed, you can avoid having to spend time scraping off paint that otherwise spoils your good results.
Eliminate Lap and Brush Marks
The results of a paint job are less than satisfactory when brush marks and lap marks are obvious. This problem can be virtually eliminated by using a paint conditioner. The conditioner slows down drying time, which means the darkened lap marks that appear when you paint over dried paint are eliminated. The conditioner also makes brush strokes almost completely disappear. Simply follow manufacturer’s instructions, as far as how much conditioner to add to your paint can.
Start with the Ceiling
Paint your entire ceiling first, before beginning on the walls.
There are many more tips that can help you ensure a satisfactory outcome of your do-it-yourself interior paint project, but these can provide you with a great start. For a more hassle-free interior paint job, contact our professionals.
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