Tips from Residential Painters to Painting like A Pro
Opting to paint your own walls may seem like an intimidating decision. Not only are professional painters much faster at this job, but their work always seems better than an amateur's does. The good news is there are several tips and tricks that you could use to make your paint job have a professional finish.
Here are some tips from residential painters to painting your home like a pro:
Begin by cleaning and caulking
A common mistake homeowners make when beginning a paint job is simply starting the douse the walls with color without prepping them first. Two aspects comprise the prepping process. The first would be to clean your walls. Make sure that all the dirt and grime has been removed so that you can have a spotless canvas. Keep in mind that dirt that has accumulated will form bumps on your wall.
Getting rid of them enables your paint job to have a smooth finish. Additionally, the cleaning process also gets rid of any mold and mildew that may be present. Painting with mold will affect the paint's ability to adhere correctly on the surface.
Once you are done with the cleaning, you can move on to caulking the wall. Inspect the walls for any cracks and crevices that may have developed over time. Even the smallest cracks can have a negative effect on the appearance of your paint job. To eliminate these orifices, use caulk to fill them up. Once the caulk is dry, you can sandpaper it for a smooth finish.
Select the appropriate primer
Using a primer does not mean you are simply applying diluted paint to the walls. A good primer acts as a base for your paint. This helps to avoid the paint seeping in to the wall and drying unevenly. Avoid purchasing a latex primer for this job. Instead, choose an alkyd primer as the professionals use. A tinted primer is also a good option if your walls already have a different color coat of paint. The tint will camouflage this previous paint and make your new paint job appear brighter.
Paint several coats
If you are looking to get a bright shade of your chosen color, you should always double coat your walls. However, do not begin painting a second coat until the first coat is completely dry. Additionally, if you make a mistake while painting the walls, do not try to cover it up by painting over it numerous times. This will make your walls have different shades of color rather than one uniform hue. Instead, always paint light coats and wait for them to dry so that subsequent coats will cover up any mishaps.