Painting is a simple yet ultimately beneficial home improvement task you can take on anytime. But such ease could be only achieved if you have prepared well, especially for painting interior surfaces. Be sure to take appropriate steps so you can get to enjoy superb quality even without asking professional assistance.
Preparing your family All interior areas are frequented by members of your family. Thus as you proceed to this repainting job, their usage of a particular room would be affected. Orient the family of what you want to accomplish, and how long it is projected to take. It would be better to do the task on a weekend so you can send the kids to your parents’ house or they could even help to speed up work.
Preparing your tools and materials If you have the appropriate tools for the task, you can achieve a high level of satisfaction upon completing the painting job. Here are some essential ones:
paint scraper for loose or chipped paint
sandpaper or steel wool for smoothing surfaces
high quality paint brushes in different inches of thickness with reference to the part to be painted, whether for trimming or cutting in
paint roller cage, roller extension poles, covers and trays for coating hard-to-reach surfaces, either too high or too narrow
extension and/or step ladder to further reach higher areas and to lessen arm stress when stretching during the task
drop cloths and masking tape for protecting areas that should not be painted
other hand tools when needed, such as screwdriver or hammer when removing hinges, nails, plate covers and others
work clothes and safety equipment
primer and paint
The last two materials come in different varieties. Primers fall into three basic categories. Oil-based or alkyd primers work on a wide range of surfaces, but have the high potential to produce health risks and air pollution. Water-based or latex primers are known for fast drying and easy cleaning, but have poor adhesion. This type also lacks stain and odor blocking capabilities. Odorless stain blockers are similar to the oil-based formulation, but are more eco-friendly.
Paints come in two basic types – alkyd and latex. These general categories come in different finishes. Gloss finish is shiny and similar to enamel or plastic. Semi-gloss and eggshell finishes are easy to clean. Satin has velvet-like smooth look. Matte or flat finish has low reflection and is fit for uneven surfaces.
Preparing your budget List down everything you need and purchase priority items like primer, paint and brushes. Other tools can be borrowed anyway. To get an overview of how much you have to spend on the key materials, find an online site that offers a free primer and paint estimator. You would have to provide the measurement of the room to be painted and then an automatic calculation of the number of primer and paint gallons would be presented to you.
Prepare the room to be painted The primer would best adhere to a surface that is clean. You can use from a mild solution of soap and water to tough cleaning solution depending on the dirt on the walls or ceiling. Also check on crevices, cracks or holes. Patch these up immediately so they can dry as soon as possible. If you have enamel-painted walls, you firstly need to rough them up using sandpaper or liquid deglosser.
Once all these preparation things are set, you can apply the primer and later on the paint. After that, enjoy your work and better looking interiors.
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