When their home needs a fresh coat of paint, most people prefer to rely on contractors to ensure the walls get a perfect finish. Small errors can indeed leave highly visible footprints that can ruin the whole aspect of the room. With the following painting tips, you can certainly give your home an ideal appearance and avoid extra expenses for the contractors. Let’s take a look at what you need to know before you tackle this project.
1. How to avoid overlapping markings
Overlapping markings form the relief unpleasant-looking streaks that result from rolling over another coat of paint that has already dried. Because certain types of paint dry quickly, especially in extra warm environments, the trick is to prevent these stains to always keep a wet edge. To do this, you need to start panting the wall from an angle that slowly moves to the other side with each stroke, rolling in an upward downward motion over the full height. At the same time, the open side of the roll should face the painted wall portion to minimize pressure on the application and thus reduce the chance of overlapping marks.
2. How to obtain a consistent tone
The color can vary slightly even for the same type of paint, making it difficult to achieve uniformity. However, you can solve this problem by combining all the paint from the smaller cans in a larger container. Stir the paint until the paint is mixed and has a consistent tone and texture.
3. What should be painted first?
While you may be tempted to paint with the walls/ceiling, trimming painting first is a much better approach. Otherwise, you may accidentally get decorative paint on the wall and cause unsightly stains. Unlike the walls, the upholstery can be protected from stains with tape, which you remove after the wall paint has dried. At the same time, most professionals prefer to paint the ceiling first and then the walls.
4. How to avoid blotchy spots
Stains form when you paint over drywall joints and fillers previously used to seal cracks and splits. Because the paint penetrates these porous surfaces, the light is no longer reflected in the same way, making the spots appear dull. However, you can easily solve the problem by applying a coat of primer before painting over it.
5. How to maximize the strength of the connection between paint and wall
A greasy or dirty surface does not give the paint the same adhesion, which means that it will begin to flake or chunk fairly quickly. Therefore, you should use professional cleaners (usually found in hardware stores) to ensure that the dirt has been completely removed before painting. Also, it is recommended to sand the surface before starting a painting and in between applying different coatings as it will give the surface an even, smooth appearance.