DIY Painting Tips


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Painting can bring new life to a drab and dreary home. 
It can be tempting to hire professionals but that can prove to be an expensive exercise.
Depending on the scope of your home painting project the costs associated with painting your home can reach into the thousands. 

With dealing with children, helping your partner with their life you may not have the funds required to hire a professional company to assist with your painting project. 
Although a professional vocation, painting when done correctly at home can achieve a professional finish. 

Here are some tips from the professionals. 

Preparation!

You know what they say about preparation. 
'By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail' this notion rings true, especially in industries where you're required to work inside your home.

The first step to readying your home for a do-it-yourself, professional painting job (cool juxtaposition, right?) is to make sure you have the right tools for the job. 

You'll need the following items to complete your top-notch painting job:


Putty
Sandpaper
A ladder
Suitable painting clothes (generally old rags or clothes you only wear at home)
Microfibre cloths
Floor coverings
Rollers
Brushes
Paint
Painting containers


The second step to preparing your home for a terrific painting job is to fill any holes in fixtures and walls with putty. 

Once that's done, it's time to sand down any protruding excess.
This step can be done simply with some DIY sandpaper

To achieve the most professional finish, it's best to purchase industrial grade sandpaper which can be purchased from most general stores. 

After you've filled the holes in your walls and sanded down the excess, it's now time to complete a thorough clean of all the walls you plan on painting. 

It is also a good idea to scrape off any peeling paint or blemishes from the wall. This will ensure that you don't deal with any nasty surprises after you've applied the primer. 

Next, apply masking tape to any area that does not require painting. This is known as 'taping off the room' and it is a vital step to achieving a quality finish for your painting job. 

Painting

When it comes to painting your home yourself, you'll need to decide as to whether or not you'll use a primer. 

This is generally the first step you'll need to complete once you have finished the prep work for your DIY painting job. 

A primer is also known as the undercoat and applying it has several tangible benefits. 
To know more details about primer check this website.

It allows for better sticking of your primary painting coat to the surface of your walls.
It increases the shelf life of the top layer of paint.
It provides a protective layer to the area being painted. 

In general, we highly recommend that you paint with a primer.
Once you've decided on applying the undercoat it's now time to get started painting. 
Pour your primer into a painting container and use your fresh roller to start priming the walls.
Once the walls in their entirety are covered in primer, it's now time to play the waiting game.
Generally, we recommend that you wait at the very least 24 hours to allow the paint to thoroughly dry.

While waiting for the walls and trim to dry you can prepare your painting tools for the overcoat. Remove any masking tape you've used, change your roller cover and clean any brushes and painting containers. 

Check that the walls are dry before adding another coat. 
Once the primer paint is dry to the touch, you're good to start painting again. 
Paint your walls with the overcoat using the same method you did when painting on the primer.
Once the walls are painted with an overcoat, you're pretty much done. 

It's now time to remove the masking tape. 
Give yourself a huge pat on the back your painting job is finished.

It's now time for the dreaded cleanup. 

If you don't want to hire a cleaning company which I'm sure you don't (you're a DIY warrior) it shouldn't be too difficult to complete the clean yourself. 

Cleaning

Things to keep in mind when cleaning after a do-it-yourself painting job include:

Clean your brushes before the paint dries on them
Store your brushes
Remove any protective sheets from flooring
Remove all masking tape from fixtures

Once you've finished cleaning your painting space, you can bask in the sunshine of your feel-like new home. 

Here are some added general tips that will certainly assist in your painting job. 

General DIY Painting Tips

Do it yourself painting can appear to be an arduous task. Rest assured, it's not that difficult.

In addition to the tips above, please be sure to consider these tips when painting your home yourself.
Don't paint over wallpaper 
Try not to paint in direct sunlight
Don't paint the second coat before the first coat is dry
There you have it, your painting job is complete.

For more helpful hints and tips, check out our blog article on the most common DIY painting mistakes that everybody makes



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