While interior painting is a remarkable way to freshen a space, the task can be quite tiresome, tedious and time consuming. Unlike professional jobs, flaws in amateur painting can be easily spotted through a trail of tell-tail signs. These include missed spots, mottled color and paint splatter. However, there are simple things that can be done to make the process faster and leave it looking more professional. Below are some tips on the best ways to speed up painting a room:
Safeguard Floors and Furniture
Safeguard your floors and any furniture that has to stay in the space against spills and paint splatters. To protect the floor, forgo plastic drop cloths and choose fabric ones instead; plastic can become slick under your feet and even worse, it could cause you to fall off a ladder.
Ensure Your Surfaces are Clean and Fresh
Paint will not stick very well to dirty surfaces; therefore, it is important to get rid of things like cobwebs, fingerprints, soot and dust. You could use a dry mop to dust the walls. Extra-grimy sections should be wiped down with a wet cloth or sponge.
Prep the Edges and Borders
Take off light-switch and outlet covers and use tape to protect the sections you do not want painted. These areas typically include window frames, moldings and baseboards. Make sure you choose a good-quality tape that prevents the paint from bleeding through and leaves a crisp line.
Skip One of the Steps
Covering stains or applying light-colored paint over a dark wall typically requires 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint. A minimum of 6 hours is usually required for drying. As such, it is recommended that a self-priming paint be used to skip one of the steps. This is especially cost effective if you were planning to purchase primer. If you are using light paint to cover a light wall, 2 coats of high-quality paint could be enough.
Start Painting the Space
You are now ready to execute the main event. Use a sponge tool or angled brush to paint a 2-inch strip around the edges of the taped-off ceiling and woodwork in the space. Follow up by using a roller and paint tray to fill in the unpainted spaces. Use a 5/8-inch nap on rough surfaces, 3/8-inch nap on semi-smooth surfaces and a 1/4-inch nap on smooth surfaces. Using the wrong tool will cause too little or too much pain to be applied.
For a more stress-free cleanup, try using a frame-handle, quick-release roller. Other sensible investments include a paint can opener, a mess-control pour spout and an extension pole that can be used in place of a ladder after the edging has been completed. Allow the first coat at least 2 hours to dry before coating it again. Between coats, use plastic wrap to cover the bush and paint tray and refrigerate.
Wrap up the Project
Rinse the roller and paintbrushes until the water becomes clear. Put back any leftover paint into the can. Place a paper towel over the lid of the can and seal it tightly by using a hammer to tap the edges. Rinse the tray thoroughly. Once the brushes are completely dry, put them back into their original paper wrapper; this will keep the bristles intact. If the original wrapper is unavailable, wrap the bristles with a thick piece of paper and tape to secure.
Clean Up Your Work Area
Keep a moist rag handy to eliminate fresh splatters. Use a plastic spatula or credit card to scrape off dried up drips. Take the masking tape off before you wrap up the day. Pull it off at an angle to prevent the finish from tearing.
By investing the time to prepare the space, professional-looking paint results can be achieved by just about anyone. Putting the effort in upfront will get you off to a remarkable start. This will help your project in being more smoothly executed and will provide more beautiful results. Once you have become skilled at interior painting, you will be able to update any room décor whenever you want. You will be able to transform your walls into any color you desire, one room at a time.
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