4 Best Practices for Painting Interior Walls
You need to do some painting in your home and are nervous that the results will not be good enough. Painting can be tedious, and time-consuming but taking your time and doing it right will yield results you can be proud of. Below are some tips to follow when painting interior walls.
1. Clean walls first
Many people make the mistake of thinking the paint they are going to use on a room will cover everything on the wall. However, the truth is substances such as dirt, dust, mold, and grease will be noticeable even after you apply paint. Therefore, you need to clean the walls thoroughly.
Before painting, inspect your walls for any substances that should not be there. Use a sponge or rag with some mild soap and water to clean your walls. Even if you do not see anything obvious on the walls it is best to clean them just in case there is something on there that you missed. Do not start to apply the paint to the walls until they are completely dry.
2. Prepare before painting
A well-done paint job covers the walls nicely and evenly. However, no matter what type of paint and how much you use, there are certain things that it cannot and will not cover up.
Before starting to paint, also inspect the walls for any imperfections. These include, holes, cracks, and areas where the old paint is starting to chip. Sand and scrape these areas and if needed fill them in with spackling compound. For bigger imperfections, consider skim-coating them with some drywall compound. Let this dry and sand if needed before starting to paint. You will be glad when you take these steps after the job is done when you have a smooth, elegant surface as opposed to one that still has holes, cracks, and chips in it.
3. Know your finishes
Paints come in a variety of different finishes. You want to make sure you get the one you want and that suits the room you are painting. Otherwise you will be disappointed with the results and out of money if you choose to re-paint.
Before purchasing paint, consider which one you need. Paints with flat finishes are better suited to older, worn walls as they cover well and will not draw light that will show imperfections. Eggshell finishes have a little more gloss than flat ones and also cover imperfections on a wall. Satin has a warm finish but does not hide imperfections well. Semi-gloss finishes have a shinier sheen and is appropriate for kitchens and bathrooms as it can hold up better to moisture. High-gloss is the glossiest finish available and easiest to clean.
4. Use consistent technique
The interior painting technique used to paint a room will be the difference between being satisfied with the result and enjoying spending time in the room and detesting its appearance and wanting to remain out of the room altogether. Therefore, you need to be careful and use a consistent technique.
Before applying the paint, ensure that you stir it thoroughly. It should be thick in texture, not runny. Make sure your paint roller is completely covered but not loaded to the point that you are dripping. Start at the top of the wall and as you go down you will be able to take care of any drips that previously occurred. Apply thin coats and if you spent the money on a good roller, you will not have to apply much pressure to it. Wait for the first coat to dry and inspect it for any drips or imperfections. If you find any, sand them down with fine-grit sandpaper before applying any additional coats.