Whether the project is big or small, tackling a DIY paint job can be challenging. With any paint job, you want the results to be nothing short of perfection without having to spend hours upon hours on one wall. Here are 3 different tips that will help you paint like a pro!
#1: Invest Time in Preparation
The key to a quality paint job is a quality prep job. If you start painting with anything less than a perfectly smooth canvas, you can bet you’ll find yourself unsatisfied with the finished product. Any texture on the wall such as patches or ridges will be the downfall of your project. Sanding will level out any spackle or patches, and flatten out any texture on the wall. First, you will want to make sure to sand from baseboard to ceiling with fine-grit paper on a sanding pole. Apply minimal pressure on the pole as the head can flip and cause damage to the wall. Then sand horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling. Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into the crevices. Lastly, clean your walls of any dust and residue.
#2: Use A Primer
Once your walls are clean, smooth and texture free, you might be ready to start painting. However, wherever you repaired any problems with the wall such as knicks and ridges, or it has been over 8 years since you’ve last painted the area, you need to consider using a separate primer. A primer allows the paint application to go on smoother, more evenly and can help your paint last longer. Most importantly, it helps the finished product look better.
#3: Buy High-Quality Tools
Now that you have picked out a color and invested in high-quality primer and paint, tools are not an area to skimp on. The better the tools, the easier the application process will go. Good brushes and rollers will offer great coverage and a nice even coat of paint to your wall. Choosing low-quality tools may result in streaky or uneven spots causing you to have to go back for frequent touch-ups. Commonly, low-quality rollers and brushes can leave residue in your paint and on your walls. Also, be sure to invest in high-quality painters tape and not just use masking tape. Painters tape is the best option to save your walls from any drips that might seep through. Use caution when using tape as leaving tape on your walls for too long can damage your walls and your beautiful paint job.
Although we can give you tips to help you paint like a professional, there is no guarantee that you will get professional results from a DIY project. Before spending money on paint, tarps, furniture covers, brushes, rollers, tape, etc., consult with a professional company like Maxwell House Painting and Contracting. We have extensive experience in the coating industry, specifically painting residential and commercial spaces. We know a thing or two about paint and the unique properties inherent in each that we use. When you hire Maxwell House Painting you can be assured that your project will be completed correctly. We want to make your next painting project successful just as much as you do. For more information about how we can help you, give us a call at 855-357-2468.