Interior painting can be a challenging task — even for the most professional painters or seasoned homeowner.
If you are tired of less than professional results from your painting projects, we have you covered with these eight essential insider tips from our team of professional painters.
1. Protect your home from paint
An important lesson that many homeowners end up learning the hard way, is the importance of prepping your space before painting. This means moving or carefully covering ANYTHING that you do not want to get paint on. It is important to remember that this doesn’t just mean furniture, but also, light fixtures, built-in shelving, door knobs, and most definitely your floors.
2. Preparation is everything
If you are in a hurry, you might be tempted to skip some prep work. However, any professional painter will tell you that the prep is almost as important as the paint itself! A few of the most important prep items to keep in mind include:
- Sand all surfaces that you plan to paint to ensure a smooth surface
- Repair any cracks and dents
- Caulk around door frames, crown molding, and windows
- Ensure the surface is clean of any dust or dirt before you begin
3. The right tools make a big difference
Purchasing quality rollers, brushes, and supplies are another secret professional painters always utilize. When shopping for supplies, be sure to:
Choose the right brush
According to This Old House, “A good paintbrush is key to a professional-looking finish,” and we are certain that any professional painter would agree! We suggest opting for natural bristles when working with an oil-based paint and sticking with synthetic bristles (either nylon, polyester or a combo) for all other paints. Typically nylon is best of interior projects while polyester works best for exterior jobs.
Carefully select your rollers
Although you may be tempted to go with the cheapest rollers available, professional painters typically opt for wool with a 1/2 inch nap. This will result in a smoother finish as well as a much quicker paint time.
Opt for a bucket
You might be surprised to learn that professional painters typically ditch paint pans for five-gallon buckets. Buckets are not only more difficult to spill — they also allow painters to evenly mix all paint (more on that below!).
4. Quality paint is important too!
In addition to selecting the proper tools, choosing the right paint is another secret of professional painters. The first step in choosing the right paint is the primer. It may seem like an annoying extra step, but a coat of primer will prepare the walls for a smooth and effective paint job. Look for one that is alcohol and alkyd based.
After priming, it is important to choose high-quality paint. You should plan to pay anywhere from $20 to $35 per gallon for good paint. However, this is an investment that is well worth every penny since the results will show.
5. Before you start, don’t forget to box your paint
All expert painters know that there are slight variations between every can of paint. These differences can result in pretty obvious variations where you switch from one can to the next. This is why professional painters mix all of the cans that they plan to use in a large container — a process known as “boxing.” We highly recommend stealing this secret from the pros next time you undertake a painting project in order to avoid obvious differences in paint color throughout a room.
6. When in doubt, try the W method
When it comes to an even finish with no lines, the W-method may not be the most technical tip, but it works! To copy this method from the pros, you simply need to do exactly what it says by using your roller to paint a “W” shape on the wall. After this, just fill in the areas around the inside of the “W,” creating a square. Then just repeat until the paint is perfectly distributed on the wall!
7. Finish what you start
If you are like many homeowners, you probably tend to work on all of the trim, or all of the corners first, instead of completing one wall at a time. However, professional painters typically finish one wall completely, before moving on to the next. This results in a smoother finish with no lines, and is a makes a major difference when it comes to the finished product.
8. Roll, baby, roll
Rollers are an amazing way to evenly distribute paint in a quick and efficient manner, making them an essential tool for professional painters. If you are using rollers, we suggest splurging for an extension pole. This will make the process of painting ceilings, walls, and even floors much quicker, while also reducing the physical strain of constantly bending to reload your roller.
So there you have it — the insider secrets of the pros.
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