When you look at some of the most popular DIY home improvement activities, interior painting easily tops the list. And it’s quite easy to see why. All you need is some basic knowledge and know-how on what you do. There is no better way of freshening up your rooms than interior painting. The plus side about it all is that painting isn’t that much of a terrifying and difficult job to do.
It doesn’t require any specialized training either. Any able-bodied homeowner can do it, all you need to have is a little patience, some practice, and a little helpful advice and you will be good to go. This article will discuss with you some of the steps that you can use when doing your interior paintings.
1. Prep the surface
You need to properly prepare the surface of the area that you plan to paint. Scrape, sand, patch, and ensure to fill every hole on the surface you plan to paint before you do anything else. No paint, no matter its cost, thickness, or color, will hide any cracked or pockmarked surface.
2. Tint the primer
You also need to prime the ceilings and walls whenever you want to paint a dry surface. This is also advisable if you plan to paint over a dark color. It’s, however, important that you prime whenever you paint. The primer serves to block any stains from bleeding through. It also allows for a one-coat coverage for your paint. The primer also helps to improve the paint adhesion which is vital when it comes to reducing any peeling and blisters on your painted surface.
3. Use canvas instead of plastic
Instead of using plastic drop cloths to protect your floors and furnishings from any paint spatters, you can instead opt for canvas drop cloths. They are less expensive and more durable compared to the plastic drop canvas. Plus, the fact that they are rip-resistant is an added bonus. The canvas drop cloths also lay flat on any surfaces you place them on. This ensures that they are a lot less of a tripping hazard. Canvas drop cloths also absorb the spattered paint and are easily foldable around doorways and corners.
4. Reach for an extension pole
Use a telescoping extension pole instead of using the ordinary stepladder when using a paint roller. You find that extension poles come in many different lengths. Some can for as long as 36 inches which is good when painting 9-foot-tall ceilings. Choose the extension pole that has a soft and nonslip grip with a rigid metal core. They are the best and safest to use.
5. Use for a paint grid instead of a tray
You can roll paint straight from a 5-gallon can using a paint grid which is a lot faster and neater compared to rolling the paint from a paint trail.
6. Overnight storage
In most cases, you find that interior painting jobs take more than one day. And most of the instances, you find that cleaning the paint-roller sleeves and paintbrushes doesn’t sound like a great option. Luckily, in such instances, you can simply wrap the painting tools in plastic food wraps to keep them wet. This prevents the paint from drying while on the paintbrushes and any other equipment that you intend to use the next day.