5 Tips You Need to Know before Your Next Painting Project
Every home needs to be freshly painted from time to time, especially on the exterior. If you decided that you want to do all the painting yourself, you’d need some tips first. DIY projects can be fun but challenging at the same time. So if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and not to fussy with the quality of the finish, with careful planning you can complete the project even without the need of a professional painter!
Five Painters Tips for Your Next Painting Project
1. Preparation is essential!
If your project involves the interior of your home, be sure to protect and cover the floors and furnishing. That way, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up. Another step that is important in the preparation process is to sand the walls as well as fill in any holes or cracks. Professional painters always do this, because it helps the paint to adhere and allows a smooth finish.
2. Do your sample testing.
While you might want to get your DIY project done as soon as possible, we recommend testing out the paint first on a small section of the wall. Then, wait to see how the paint pigment interacts with different lighting – natural, artificial, during different times of the day and night time. If it turns out that you don’t quite like it, then at least you don’t have to spend a lot of time painting the entire area, because how your perception of the colour in the store can be very different than what it will look like after you’ve painted your surfaces in question.
3. Use a primer
It’s a good idea to use a primer for any surface you’re planning on painting. Painters usually do this if they’re painting a light colour over a dark one or if the walls are new and “thirsty”. The primer acts as a barrier between the wall and the paint, which will improve the final result.
4. Paint base
There are many different paint bases on the market, and each one has its purpose. For example, the kitchen and the bathroom would naturally require a base that is antifungal. That’s because it will be more resistant to this type of environment, which tends to form mold and mildew. For the exterior, go with a paint base that has a formula with UV light protection. That way, the colours won’t fade quickly.
5. Buy quality tools
If you’re thinking about saving some money by buying some cheap brushes, think again. Try to choose some mid-range brushes for your painting project because they will last a lot longer than the cheap ones. Think of it as an investment, since this is not going to be your last DIY project. By choosing quality brushes and rollers, you will avoid roller fibers and brush hairs sticking on your wall. You certainly wouldn’t like to see that after all the hard work you’ve done!
6. Still need some assistance? We can help!
For instance, one of the most daunting tasks when it comes to painting your home is choosing the right colour. If you think that you need aid with this task, feel free to contact us for a free colour consultation.