Moving into your first home often means taking time to truly make it your own first. One of the best places to start with that is painting. Many homeowners opt for neutral paint colors when they're selling a home, so you probably want to customize the colors before you move in. If you've never painted before, you may decide to hire a professional painting contractor. If not, here are a few tips to help you tackle the job safely and successfully.
Don't Try To Cover Problems
If you want a clean, professional paint finish, you need to start with clean, smooth surfaces. Don't try to just paint over a wall that has holes (even small holes can show through), ridges, or other surface flaws. Fill in the holes with drywall putty and smooth out any textures that may disrupt the paint. It's less work to prepare ahead than to try to cover it all with a dozen layers of paint, because some problems will not cover well and will give you a patchy paint finish.
Buy Painter's Tape
Painter's tape is a great tool for helping you to create sharp edges in your paint lines. It also protects things like window frames and outlets from excess paint. Put the painter's tape edge right against the line where you want the paint to stop, whether it's below an upper trim line or along the edge of the window. While taping things off can be time-consuming, it's time well spent if it means limiting your cleanup afterward.
Use Drop Cloths Or Tarps
No matter how careful you are with paint, drips happen. They can spell disaster for your carpets and flooring if you don't take steps to protect them. The best way to do that is to use drop cloths or tarps to cover the space. That's part of why it's easiest to paint before you move in. That way, you can cover the whole floor with cloth and not have to worry about obstructions.
Maximize Your Primer
Even if you buy paint that has primer, you still can't get quite the same finish as you would by using a dedicated primer on the walls first. However, if you really want to get the most from your primer, one of the best ways to do that is to tint it. By mixing a small amount of the final paint into your primer, you'll give the base primer coat a hint of that final color. It helps you to get an even finish from the painting process and reduces the risk of the primer showing through anywhere.
Combine Your Paint
If you're painting a room that required multiple gallons of paint, it's important to recognize that there can be some subtle variations in the tint of each one. That can really disrupt the flow of the room if you paint using one gallon at a time. Instead, buy a large resealable bucket and dump all of the paint into it. Stir it well to evenly distribute all of the color, giving you one consistent paint finish throughout the entire room.
Ventilate Things Well
Even low-odor paint has some degree of fumes, so you need to make sure that you ventilate the area really well when you paint. Open all of the windows in the room before you start preparing things. You can even put an exhaust fan in each window to draw the fumes out. An oscillating fan in the doorway drawing clean air in to help flush the odors out. Leave all of the fans running and the windows open until the paint is dry to help keep the fumes at a minimum in the room. Also, wear a respirator or painter's mask while you're painting. That will help protect you from the fumes as you're working.
For more information, contact an interior painting service.