Painting Tips

Absolutely nothing enhances a dull space like a coat of paint. Whether you are brightening dingy walls by painting them white or adding an impressive splash of color, paint is the least expensive method to make a noticeable decorative change in your estate. If you are preparing to paint a room soon, remember these handy tips and tricks to help you get the task done.

When you set out to paint, there is a lot of work to do before you get to the enjoyable part of adding colors on the walls. The preparation work can appear wearisome, but you need to never skip it, since if you prep your space properly the painting will go much faster and the end outcomes will be much better.


Begin your painting project by analyzing what materials you will need. If you are painting your space a dark color such as deep red or navy blue, you might need even more paint than if you were painting the space white. These colors have the tendency to soak into the walls and commonly need more than one coat to achieve the depth of the color on the paint sample. You will likewise need to purchase painter’s tape, skillets and rollers, or brushes and unique tools or brushes to cut into the tight locations next to the flooring boards or ceiling. Always remember a drop cloth for your floor. You might be lured to use an old sheet, but this isn’t actually a terrific substitute for a genuine drop cloth because if you spill paint it could bleed right through a fabric sheet and ruin your carpeting.

When you have your basic tools, you can prep your walls. Clean them completely with an option such as TSP or Simple Green. This will eliminate any grease that has built up on the walls and may keep your paint from adhering well. Let the walls sit for a day after you clean them so that they are completely dry prior to you use any paint. If the walls have to be sanded or there are repairs that should be done, make sure you do that before you cleanse the walls, so that you get rid of any dust that might disrupt your paint. Once the walls are fixed and cleansed, tape off any areas that you don’t desire paint on. This includes, door jams, base boards, window sills, and wall sockets and light switches. Remove the light switch and outlet covers before you tape them. Blue painters tape works best, due to the fact that it comes off simple and doesn’t remove the paint you just added to your walls. When you have actually taped the space and covered the floor and furniture, you are ready to start.

In some cases getting the painting began does not begin with the paint. Depending on the paint color you are planning to make use of a coat of primer could really assist with the application of the paint. Making use of a coat of primer on the walls when you are preparing to paint them red or purple could conserve you two or 3 coats when it comes time to put the color on the wall. There are even primers that are made special to blend with the color your walls will wind up. Let your primer have a possibility to dry before you paint. This generally does not take as long as routine paint and once it has set, you can proceed to the fun part of the job, coloring the walls.

It can be extremely appealing to glop on a lot of paint in one open area simply to see what the color will look like when it is done, but prevent this temptation and paint in good thin even strokes. When you glop a whole lot on, it is difficult to even it out and typically the initial test spot will always show up darker on the completed wall, so if you plan to do this, make certain you have a nice picture to impede on the wall to cover the spot. If you are making use of a brush, catch any drips rapidly so that they don’t dry as uneven streaks and if you are making use of a roller, roll the paint in lots of directions so there is no obvious stop and begin marks in the paint once it dries.


When you are done painting and you aren’t preparing to include any longer coats, it is a good concept to very carefully eliminate the tape while the paint is still a little damp. Occasionally if you wait till the paint is dry pieces of paint could flake off with the tape. Wait a day or two before you relocate any furnishings back into the space, simply to make sure every little thing is entirely dry.

Jonathan Cawley started his Raleigh Painting business in 1985. You can visit his website at

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