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A new coat of paint freshens up any room in the house. Luckily, there are few household chores or maintenance projects as fun as interior painting. The enjoyment of painting, however, can be severely dampened by splattered paint messes or frustratingly uneven results. If you prepare for the job before you get started, however, you can avoid these problems. Follow these key interior painting tips to achieve high-quality results that are worth the effort.
Do a Test Run With Your Color
As helpful as those little paint swatches at the store are, they don’t always look the way the paint will on your wall. When you think you’ve chosen a color, buy the smallest amount you can and take it home for a test. Paint a few test spots around the room or paint a piece of foam and move it around to see how the color looks in this particular room’s light.
Don’t Skip the Prep Work
Preparing a wall for painting is the least fun part of the job. It’s also the most important. If you cut corners during the prep period, your results are guaranteed to come out looking less than professional. Before you even break out the painting tools, you have a lot of work to do. First, clean and rinse the walls. Once they are dry, dust the ceilings, moldings, and baseboards before taping them off. Most importantly, eliminate every surface imperfection. Use spackle to fill any holes and sand away every uneven area.
Tint Your Primer
Primer improves paint adhesion, prevents bleeding, and smoothes out the texture of the wall, especially in areas that you filled or patched. It’s an essential part of any interior painting job, according to the experts at El Gato Painting. While some paints contain primer, these don’t do the job as well as a dedicated primer. One thing many pros do to make the finished paint job look even better is tint the primer toward the final paint color by mixing a small amount of paint into the primer before applying.
Keep a Wet Edge
Lap marks, or the ugly lines that appear when paint is built up unevenly, are perhaps the most common mistake made by novice painters. These lines appear when fresh paint is applied on top of paint that has already dried. To avoid creating lap marks, always overlap your roller strokes so that the paint of your previous stroke doesn’t have time to dry. Move up and down the full height of the wall when doing this, keeping the open end of the roller facing towards the area you have already painted to avoid putting ridge-creating pressure on the overlap. Don’t let your roller become too low on paint, either. Reload often to make sure you are applying a consistent amount with each stroke.
If you follow these interior painting tips, you’ll get great results while enjoying one of the most fun home improvement projects around. If you need more interior painting tips or have decided that painting is too much of a hassle to do it yourself, contact a professional company for further assistance.
Author Bio :
Tony Schlacter is a Pomona College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English. In his free time, he enjoys writing, playing basketball and rock climbing. Many thanks to El Gato Painting for their help in writing this article.