One of the quickest ways of freshening up the walls of a given room is to give it a new coat of paint. It’s a practical DIY home improvement activity too, since it won’t cost that much and the procedures involved are not really that hard.
Still, the task can be messy, especially if you are not aware of certain techniques on how it should be done properly. Below, you will find some easy to follow tips and tricks so as to effect a major change in the rooms in your house. Wouldn’t you like to have great looking walls after an intensive painting job? Read on.
Clean Walls Before Painting
Know for a fact that paint won’t effectively stick on dirty walls. So before starting any wall painting job, make sure that the walls are free from dust, dirt and grime. If there are any foreign matter on the walls such as adhesive from posters, remove or scrape these off too.
Protect Immovable Objects from Paint
As much as possible, remove things and items that are in the way of your painting job. For immovable objects such as the toilet, you can cover it with plastic or old newspapers.
Use the W or Zig Zag Painting Technique
Using the “W” and zig zag pattern when painting walls with a roller brush is one of the most effective techniques to achieve smooth and even finish. With this trick, you won’t miss any space while painting the wall since it would be easy to see your progress as you’re working.
Strip Off Old Chipped Paint
While you can paint over an old coating of paint, you can’t do so if the old coating is already starting to chip off. Doing so will only result in wall paint that won’t last long; and you would only be wasting your time and money.
If the old coating of paint is starting to chip off, use a sandpaper or a sander to smoothen the surface of the walls first. And then you can start painting the wall.
Don’t Inhale the Paint Fumes
Paint fumes are not only irritating; these can actually cause health problems too. One way to reduce the strong, unpleasant smell of paint is to add a tablespoon or two of vanilla extract to a can of paint. Mix the paint well before using it on your wall.
For ventilation purposes, open the windows in rooms that are being painted. Turning on the electric fan will also help in proper circulation of air.
Find Out What Type of Paint the Old Coating Was
Basically, there are 2 types of paint; one that’s latex-based and one that’s oil-based. You’ll have to determine the type of paint used on the walls before repainting these with a new coat of paint.
In order to determine the type of old paint used in a particular room in your house, soak a piece of cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub this on the wall. If the paint rubs off on the cotton ball, it means that the paint is latex-based. An oil-based paint can’t be rubbed off with a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol.
Now this is the important part. If you find that the paint used on the wall was oil based, you need to apply an oil-based primer first before painting the walls.
Don’t Wait for the Paint to Dry Up Before Peeling Off Painter’s Tape
Remember that it’s always advisable to remove painter’s tape shortly after the paint dries up a bit. In one of our own experiences during our early painting jobs, we waited for the paint to completely dry up before removing the painter’s tape. The result? – chipped paint on our newly painted wall.
We did learn our lesson though; and we knew better on our succeeding painting jobs. Aside from removing the tape early on, we also used a cutter or razor to run over the edges of the tape when we observe that the paint was starting to chip off.
Remove Paint Tape at an Angle
The use of paint tape always results in professional looking paint job. One of the best tricks in ensuring a clean line is to remove the tape at an angle. Do this slowly too, so that you’ll see if there’s any chance of the paint chipping off.
Work on an Imperfect Wall to Make it Perfect
An imperfect wall is comprised of cracks, holes and dents. You can’t expect to have a smooth finish if you paint over an imperfect wall.
It is therefore necessary to fill in holes and patch up cracks before painting over a wall. And if there are rough areas, you need to sand these first. Bumps and protruding elements also need to be scraped off.
Avoid Using a Ladder
Avoid using a ladder for hard to reach areas as this can be quite dangerous and uncomfortable too. The best way to paint walls is to use a telescoping pole where you can attach a paint roller. This way, you can adjust the length of the pole accordingly while painting different portions of a wall.