Many people hire painting contractors or embark on painting exercises with only a single intention, to have the results of a pro. While painting interior walls of your home remains the easiest way to spruce up your living space, many find out eventually that the process is unnecessarily nightmarish. If you do not want to end up doing uncountable number of coats and splattering paint all over, these top interior painting tips may prove useful.
1. Make it a cardinal rule to prep the surfaces all the time
“Successful paint jobs will depend a lot on how well you prepare the surface you want to paint,” the owner of Paint Medics, Inc. reports. You have to scrape and sand the said surface while patching and filling all discernible holes, dents, cracks and other surface imperfections. This may not sound fun but do note that no paint however expensive or thick, will hide a cracked or dented surface.
2. Always, prime every time you paint
While priming walls and even ceilings is compulsory when painting over dark colors or when doing new drywall, it is still smart to prime with each paint job you undertake. Primer blocks any stains so they do not bleed through. It also enhances one-coat coverage of the paint while improving the said paint’s adhesion. This last function helps prevents blisters and peeling.
3. Canvas drop cloths protect interiors much better than plastic sheeting
Plastic sheeting may offer a cheap means of protecting furnishings and the floor from paint splatters, but you are better off using canvas drop cloths. This is because while the latter is cheap, the former is safer, lays well and presents less tripping hazard. Canvas is also rip resistant and very durable. Whereas canvas absorbs paint, plastics become slippery. Moreover, you can use canvas for a lifetime but will have to toss away plastic sheeting with each painting job you undertake. (more…)