House Painting Tips

Tip 1: Preparation

The three keys to painting your home are preparation, preparation, and more preparation. That’s right. It takes lots of preparation for beautiful, long-lasting results. Before painting any surface in your home, check to make sure it’s clean, dry, smooth, and coated with the correct primer. And don’t add a primer coat to a wall, door, or other surface that already has paint on it.

Tip 2: Primer

If you want beautiful, lasting results and a great-looking finishing coat, you need the right primer. Be sure to properly apply primer to all surfaces you paint, but only on a surface that is clean, dry, smooth, and properly stripped of any existing paint.

Tip 3: Paint Color

Paint color is one of the most profound and intriguing ways to affect the design of your home. Choosing the right paint color can prove to be quite a challenge. It’s best to be patient and not rush to your decision. I always recommend taking paint cards home and holding them up to your walls under typical lighting situations. If you are still not sure, purchase a sample quart of paint and scrap wood from a hardware store, then apply the color to the wood for a better idea. Or you can even try painting a small area of your wall if you’re brave enough. Remember, if you’re trying to match a piece of fabric or some other item, bring it to the paint store and they can computer-match it for you.

Tip 4: Painting Exterior Siding

Prior to painting your exterior siding, power wash and clean it with a bleach-based solution. Then smooth over any loose paint and peeling areas by sanding. Caulk all windows and trim to keep the moisture out and avoid moisture damage. Apply a coat of primer on all bare surfaces. Finally you are ready to paint. Apply a good quality latex paint and make sure that you have sufficient coverage. For better results or if you are making a color change consider applying a second coat of paint for good measure.

Tip 5: Painting Interior Walls

Painting inside your home is one of the most rewarding ways to upgrade your home. Nothing makes your home interior feel new again like a fresh coat of paint. But it does require some thought and planning, because painting your home is no small task. Make sure you have all the tools and materials you need before you start so you can focus strictly on the painting once you get down to it. Remove or cover all flooring and furniture. Remove all hardware — like light fixtures — from the area you plan to paint. If you cannot remove hardware, protect it with paper, plastic, and painter’s tape. Once you have done the prep work, start from the ceilings, then paint the walls, next the trimming, and finally cabinets and doors. Remember: start from the top and work your way down.

Tip 6: Painting Over Oil-Based Paint with Water-Based Paint

Always use a priming coat before using water-based paint on top of oil-based paint. You don’t need to put a primer coat on a surface already painted unless you’re applying water-based paint on top of oil-based paint. Sand and clean the surface, before you apply the primer coat.

Tip 7: Painting Over Dark Colors

A few years ago, I had a customer who wanted to repaint her son’s room after he moved away. I don’t blame her; it was solid black from ceiling to floor! She said it took her son six or seven coats to get that color. I could tell right away this would be a challenge, especially since she wanted an off-white color that would match the rest of the house. We had to use a primer sealer like Pro Block or Kilz just to seal in the black paint before we could even get started. It was a quick and effective way to seal in unwanted stains and colors.

Tip 8: Deep Base Paints

Painting with deep-based colors is much more difficult than painting with many lighter colors. Some deep colors take up to four or five coats to achieve the full color depth. It’s a smart idea to start with a primer tinted of the same color. This could save you time and expense by cutting down the number of coats you will need to apply to get the desired results

Tip 9: Wallpaper Removal

New wallpaper or paint can transform a room. Before pulling the paper down, you should test a corner to see if the wallpaper is dry-strippable. If it is, all you need to do is loosen each strip at the corner and slowly peel back at an angle, taking care not to rip it. If the wall paper isn’t dry-strippable, try soaking it with warm water and/or wallpaper removal solvent. Remove as much of the wallpaper as you can with each method before trying the next. It’s always best to sand smooth the wall after removing the wallpaper, to help get those last pieces of wallpaper residue. If the wallpaper was installed on bare drywall, the drywall will most likely have to be floated smooth with drywall mud in order to fill in any holes and small gouges created when removing the wallpaper.

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