Basic Interior House Painting Pointers For Your DIY Project


by Ray Malaski - October 9, 2017

Painting Pointer

Use these tips to make your painting projects go faster and smoother.

Here are ten tips to make your painting projects go smoother and quicker. All the while giving you a professional-looking finish that you will be proud of creating. Additionally, you will also find ingenious tips that can cut your cleanup time in half. Moreover, extend the life of your paint brushes, as well.

  • Painting Pointer #1: To avoid making lap marks, try to roll the entire height of the wall. Also, make certain to keep a wet edge.

Ever notice those weird strip of paint overlapping after your first paint job? Those are Lap marks. It is the result of uneven layers of paint buildup. Lap marks occur when you roll over paint that is almost partly dry.

The solution to avoid lap marks is to keep a “wet edge.”  That way, each stroke of your paint roller overlaps the preceding stroke before the paint can begin to set.

  • Painting Pointer #2: Combine several paint cans in a big basin for a consistent color throughout the room

Paint color usually differs, albeit a little, from one can to the another. So, if you have to open a new can while in the middle of painting a wall, the difference may be noticeable.

Combining the cans of paint before the start of project eliminates the issue. However, keep in mind, it is best to estimate the amount of paint you will need and mix it in a 5-gallon bucket. It is a process called “boxing.”

Also, when the coverage is difficult to estimate, add more paint rather than less. You can always put the leftover paint back into cans.

  • Painting Pointer #3: Let the paint dry first, then cut the tape loose for a precise edge

Once the paint is dry, It is best not to pull the tape off the trim immediately. Paint produces a film between the wall and the tape. So, by removing the tape immediately, it may tear pieces of dried paint off the wall. Wait for the paint to completely dry. It usually takes at least 24 hours. Then, use a razor-sharp utility knife to cut through the paint’s film.

  • Painting Pointer #4: Paint the trim first, then the ceiling, and last, the walls

Professionals typically follow a particular sequence when painting a room. They usually start with the trim first. Then move on to do is the ceiling next. Then, lastly do the walls. It is because this sequence allows an easier and faster flow. Taping off the trim is far easier than taping off the walls. Moreover, you certainly do not wish to tape both off at the same time!

  • Painting Pointer #5:  To avoid a blotchy finish, remember to prime and texture wall patches.

Freshly-painted walls often look blotchy. The color is uniform. However, the sheen may not be consistent. It usually occurs over the cracks and holes patched up with a filler or drywall compound. The permeable fillers absorb the paint, which ultimately dulls the surface. It is most commonly known as “flashing.”

So, when the light hits the dull spots, they pop like a sore thumb. Additionally, The smooth patch also pops in contrast to the somewhat bumpy texture of the wall. To deal with flashing and texture differences, All you need is a quick and generous coat of primer.

The primer seals the patch. So paint will not sink in and look dull. To match the wall’s overall texture, apply the primer with a roller, feathering out the edges.

  • Painting Pointer #6: Clean dirty surfaces to ensure the paint can form a strong bond with the wall

Whenever you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint will certainly and surely chip or peel off. It is the reason that before painting, you should clean the dirty areas where you apply the paint. Make use of a de-glosser or heavy-duty cleaner meant for pre-paint cleaning.

These products work well to clean enameled, painted, or varnished surfaces to improve adhesion and bonding of the new paint. Furthermore, it is ideal for cleaning greasy or oily spaces like bathroom walls and kitchen sinks.

These cleaning products are available at most paint stores, home improvement, and DIY centers. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection.

  • Painting Pointer #7: Roll paint adjacent the edges for a more uniform feel and texture

The corners and the areas next to trim that only use a brush when painted have a distinct feel than the encompassing paint. To ensure the finished texture is uniform in these areas, brush on the paint, then promptly use a roller to go over it before the paint dries.

Finish putting on the paint in one section before moving on to the next area.

  • Painting Pointer #8: Use cotton drop cloths rather than plastic

Spatters and spills often occur, no matter how careful you are. It is a lot easier to prepare for them than to clean them out of your carpeting or off your wood flooring later. Instead of using plastic sheets, utilize canvas drop cloths in your work area.

The thick cloth stays in its place. Because of it, you do not need to tape it in place. Additionally, you can use it to cover up any surface.

However, even with canvas or rosin-paper drop cloths, large spills still need to get wiped up right away, or they will seep through. Clean up spills using paper towels or cloth rags.

  • Painting Pointer #9: Feather out paint where you cannot keep a wet edge

Having difficulties covering extensive areas like ceilings, extra-tall walls or stairwells in single, continuous strokes? Then, the best option to minimize lap marks in these sections is to feather out the paint along the edges that you cannot keep wet. The thinner, feathered coat of paint will prevent the accumulation of paint that produces the lap mark.

  • Painting Pointer #10: Sand trim mid coats for an ultra-smooth finish

One coat of paint usually won’t hide the underlying color and sheen on the trim. Furthermore, if you do not sand the surface smooth in between coats, the result may produce a grainy texture. For a smooth texture finish, make sure to sand the trim before putting each coat of paint. After each sanding, remember to vacuum the trim.



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