The process of painting a house starts with choosing the right paint and preparing well for the makeover. Preparation is what will determine the quality of the paint job. There are people who would rather hire professionals to paint the house for them, but many people like doing things on their own. The following are 5 tips to help you paint like a pro
1. Choose The Right Paint
When painting the interior or exterior walls of your house, it is important that you choose the color and type of paint you want to use. Color sets the mood in a room, so you need to be careful when making your decision. You also need to decide whether to apply one color scheme throughout the house or have some variations in the rooms. If you have to mix two paint colors to get the desired shade, be sure to use a large container so as to get a consistent color throughout the house.
There are basically two types of paints: oil and water-based paints. Oil-based paints are popular because they are stain resistant, they dry up with fewer brush marks, flow smoothly and last longer than water-based paints. Since prices differ, your budget and personal preferences will determine the type of paint you buy. Before you open any can of paint, be sure to read the instructions first.
2. Choose the Right Brush or Roller
Ideally, you should have both a paintbrush and roller. The latter makes painting easier and faster. Unfortunately, rollers cannot apply paint to narrow spaces, edges and small areas. On the other hand, the thin bristles on a paintbrush can reach even the narrowest of spaces. Therefore, having both of these painting tools is recommended. Be sure to buy a roller that has a small diameter. The ideal paintbrush should also be of medium length, and not too long.
3. Surface Preparation
Before you start painting exterior or interior walls of your house, you need to prepare the surface. New paint forms a strong bond when applied to a clean surface. Therefore, walls should be scrubbed using a hard-bristled brush. This will help in removing chalky residue, grime and mildew, especially on exterior walls. Please note that you can paint a surface without any cleaning, if the surface is in good condition. Surfaces with old paint that has flaked off, or has blisters, must be scraped. Nail holes on the wall should be filled with putty before painting.
4. Start From the Top
When you are ready to start painting, be sure to start from the top. Paint is a fluid, so it will flow downwards. Working your way down while painting will minimize paint loss as well as produce a superior finish with no drip marks or lines. Be sure to overlap previously painted surfaces for a smoother finish.
Ideally, you should start with parts of the house that are not exposed to direct sunlight. Heat from the sun can dry up the surface rapidly. This will lead to premature flaking, poor adhesion of the paint to the wall, and blistering.
5. Safety is Paramount
When painting a house, you may be required to use a ladder. Standing on a ladder and painting at the same time can be very risky. For this reason, you may want to consider asking someone to hold the ladder as you continue with the paint job. If you are alone, it is important that you consider basic ladder safety. For instance, never try to over-reach when standing on top of a ladder. If you want to paint a surface that is a little further than you can reach comfortably, the best thing for you to do is climb down and move the ladder closer to that area. Once you’re done, give the surfaces ample time to dry. Keep doors and windows open especially if you used oil-based paints indoors.