These days, it is easy to hire professional painters to give the walls of your home a new coat of paint. Most people do it because it is just easier to hire out than trying to manage the entire project ourselves but if you have ever wondered if you have what it takes to paint your own home, here are a few tips and tricks the professionals use to help make that project a success.
Batch Mix Your Paints
Unbelievably, even when you make it a point to buy the same brand, model and colour of paint, each can differ even under careful scrutiny. Most of the time, it is hard to see the difference but that little flaw can become magnified if you run out of paint halfway through a wall and have to continue where you leave off from a fresh can.
To make sure the colour stays consistent throughout the entire project, calculate the amount of paint you need and mix them all in one big bucket before you start painting. Many paint manufacturers now allow customers to key in the dimensions of your walls in their website to help you calculate how much paint you need so make sure you visit this website when you plan for your project.
Tackle Wall By Wall
Most people like to brush in the edges of all the walls in the room before painting the middle part with a roller. While that may seem like a good idea, since you would be brushing first before rolling, this philosophy may lead to having unevenly painted walls.
The best way to blend paint is when it is still wet so what you really want to do is to cut in the edges and go straight into rolling in the entire wall before moving on to the next. This way, you will be rolling the middle in before the edges dry out completely, giving you a more even coat of paint.
Go With Canvas
Many people make the mistake of using bedsheets or newspapers to cover the floor when they paint but the problem is that while bedsheets do absorb stray drops of paint, they are too thin to keep them off your floors, especially if you were to step on them. Newspapers, on the other hand, may start to misbehave as your project progresses and end up being more of a hassle than help in keeping unwanted paint off the floor.
What you really want is a piece of canvas that is relatively thick, about a meter wide and runs the length of the wall. Canvas sheets absorb and dry spillage more effectively and that can prevent secondary transfers. Set up a mixing station in a separate location. Also keep, your paint can as clean as possible. These will help keep your floors clean throughout your painting adventure.
Sand It Down
The smoother your walls, the more uniform your paint will look, that is the fact. Perhaps that is why so many professional painters spend a large part of the project scraping and sanding down the walls so if you want nice, clean-looking coats, grab that sandpaper and give your walls a good rub before you start painting.
After smoothing your walls, wash off any grease that may have accumulated over the years to avoid interference with the paint properly bonding with the walls. If you do not want to deal with the dangers of using a degreaser, some dishwashing liquid detergent may work as well to rid your walls of grease.
Wash It First
Finally yet importantly, wash your paint rollers before you use them, even if they are brand new. This is to get rid of all those loose fibres that start detaching from the rollers and transferring themselves to the walls when you start rolling in the paint.
While it is easy and affordable to just bring in the professionals every time you need to paint your home, handling such a project yourself will not only save you money, the experience can be deeply satisfying when you discover your own handiwork can be just as good as that of professional painters. On top of that, doing it yourself also means you can handle the project at your own pace, as well as restrict the mess to a room-by-room basis. That, for many people, can be incentive enough to start planning for your next painting project.