Starting an interior house painting project can be daunting. Where to start? How to choose the right paint? How to prepare the room before painting? This simple guide will help you with your project. Of course, the easiest method would be to call your Myrtle Beach Painting Specialists, but if that is not an option, we would like to provide you with a few tips.
What Order To Follow When Painting
Prior to painting, you always want to do thorough preparation. Once the preparation is complete, you will want to start with the ceiling, the walls and the last step is the trim. The primary reason for starting your painting with the ceilings is that you are bound to drip paint on the walls. Doing the ceiling first will prevent you from having go back over the walls and trim.
This same concept applies to leaving the trim for last – it will save you a lot of touch up after you have completed the ceiling and walls.
Preparation for Painting
Click here to read our article on the right preparation for paining. A quick review includes patching, sanding, priming and caulking. The first step is to sand the walls to ensure that the paint will adhere to the walls. Skipping this step may cause paint to peel away from the wall. The paint needs the ability to grip when applied and sanding will scratch the old coat of paint and give the new paint some gripping power.
The next step in the preparation process is patching. You will want to patch any holes or damaged drywall. A ready-made special compound made for this purpose is good for small holes. Once you have patched the holes, you will want to sand them down and make them smooth. It is not a good idea to use caulk for open-faced wall surfaces. Caulking could possibly show through the finished paint.
You will need to prime the patched drywall with the appropriate primer. This will help to prevent the patched areas showing through your finished painting project.
Next, you will want to use caulk on the baseboards, corners and around windows and doors. This will provide a seal for the doors and windows and give you a finished appearance for the baseboards.
As we mentioned earlier, you will want to start with the ceiling, followed by the walls and then do your trim last. When you are painting the walls and ceilings you will want to cut-out or brush the edges before you start rolling the flat surfaces. This is especially important if you are using a sheen or semi-gloss paint. The process will give a finished look to your painting project.
Using the right tools is especially important. A good lamb hair roller is much better than your average polyester blend. Using a good roller will save you a lot of aggravation when applying your paint because they will hold more paint and cause fewer spatters. This will allow you to cover more distance with one application.
Color Selection For Painting
As a general rule of thumb, you will want to paint the ceiling and trim with a lighter color paint than what you use on the walls. Read our article “How to Select the Right Paint Color” and also our article “Selecting the Right Type of Paint.”
Following these few simple steps can make your painting project an orderly and pleasant experience and avoid some of the pitfalls of doing-it-yourself projects.
Hiring a professional is always the best way to avoid mistakes and aggravation. By the time you invest in the right tools, your time and possibly re-doing part of the job due to mistakes, you will have paid the equivalent of investing in a professional painting contractor.
Call today for a free estimate before attempting your next painting job on your own.
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