Painting a house yourself can be a daunting task, but with some careful preparation, it can become a much easier job. There are things to consider with both interior and exterior painting that can make a world of difference. Before you begin the painting a house, let’s take a look at some important factors.
1.) Different Types of Paint
There are different types of paint available and choosing the right one is essential. You can choose from options ranging from high-gloss to flat paints. High-gloss paint is easier to maintain but can make small imperfections on your walls stand out. Flat paint will hide flaws better but will not stand up as well as high-gloss and is harder to clean. There are other choices such as semi-gloss and satin that provide a mixture of these advantages and disadvantages. Be sure you understand the different paint finishes available and choose the one that is best for your job. Also, get your kids involved, by allowing them to help select the paint color, then they will feel a part of the project as opposed to it being an “adult” project.
2.) Using Paint Samples
It is nearly impossible to visualize a room painted in a new color. Most paint companies now sell smaller cans of paint to use as samples before investing in the gallons needed to paint an entire room or the exterior of a home. It is a good idea to use a can of sample paint to get a better idea what the room will look like painted in a new color. Paint a large area so that you can truly get a feel for how the color and finish works.
3.) Calculating How Much Paint You Need
The first thing to keep in mind when figuring the amount of paint needed is square footage. If painting only required a single coat, this would be the end of your calculation; however, in most cases, you will need multiple coats to get the look you are happy with. The type of paint being used may also affect the number of coats you need.
4.) Essential Preparations
Proper preparation may be the most important process in making your paint job a success. Spackle where needed, being sure to make the surface as flat as you can. Clean the walls before beginning. Cleaning the surface completely is essential for exterior painting. Use primer to prepare the wall for painting. It is a good idea to mix gallons of the same color paint in a large bucket as even with computerized color match there can be small differences that become very obvious when painted onto a wall.
5.) Proper Painting Techniques
Once preparation is complete, the only thing remaining is the actual painting. Begin at the top and work your way down. When painting ceilings and corners, brush paint the corners before using paint rollers to paint the larger surface. Always check brushes for loose bristles and use tape to remove any loose fibers from rollers to make sure your paint job is smooth.
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Hopefully, following these tips will help make your paint job a successful and enjoyable task.