These top tips will help you make your next painting job a success, no matter how many walls you have.
Do not wait for dry weather
Avoid painting when it’s rainy because humidity can cause drips and slow drying. Take your time if you have to paint in humid conditions. Use slow drying paint to fix any mistakes before you move on to the next coat. Don’t do too much or it will show once you’re done.
Perform a thorough visual inspection and prep
Cracked, flaking, or peeling areas should be lightly sanded or rubbed (and then thoroughly rinsed), before you apply new primer or paint. The weight of the new paint will cause the old paint to come off. Tom Lee, Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Behr, says that ignoring this issue will only lead to wasted time and money. Greasy spots can also be cleaned with soap and rinsed with water. To ensure paint sticks to a clean surface, use a damp cloth to wipe it down.
Purchase High-Quality Roller Covers, Brushes, and Painter’s Tape
You don’t want your paint to be too expensive if you are spending a lot of money on it. Roller covers and brushes that provide excellent coverage are essential to ensure you don’t waste paint time or paint on reapplication. High-end painter’s tape is the best for sealing out drippings and blurred paint.
Know your Nap
Your walls will have more texture so you need a thicker nap to cover your rollers. This will allow your roller cover to reach all crevices and provide complete coverage. If you are painting concrete walls, a thick nap is recommended. A thin nap is better for drywall. A thick nap can cause texture problems. Be sure to tell the salesperson what you intend to paint when you buy your supplies.
Protect Everything You Do Not Want Painted
It will be a great investment of time to cover floors, furniture and hardware before starting a painting project. Drop cloths are essential. Small plastic sandwich bags with tape can be used to protect doorknobs.
If you have a smooth, clean surface, paint-and-primer combination is fine. If the wall is damaged or it has been over eight years since your last painting, you should consider a separate primer.
Protect your paint by storing it
Ask the paint salesperson for a realistic estimate on how much paint you will need to buy all at once. Instead of mixing one gallon at once, mix all the paint in one container and then mix it thoroughly. This is called “boxing” your paint and keeps your color consistent from start to finish.