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Should You Go It Alone? - Tips For The Perfect House Painting Project

Should You Go It Alone? - Tips For The Perfect House Painting Project

In today's environment of shelter in place, many homeowners are deciding to take on home improvement projects on their own. If this is you, we say Bravo our hats are off to you. We are happy to offer some tips and techniques to help you on your path.

Choosing the right paint for your project can be daunting. This is where you don't want to overspend but you want to make sure you're getting the best products for the project. Your local paint store is always willing to make recommendations for selecting the right paint. Keep in mind they have a dog in the fight so they will probably recommend their top of the line products. The premium paints can set you back a pretty penny especially if you pay retail. We recommend the products that painting contractors use. Interior house painters use products such as the promar 200 series from Sherwin Williams. This is a excellent paint for performance and touch up. Promar 200 interior paint comes in a variety of sheens to suit any environment.

You should follow the same rule for exterior house painting projects. Sherwin Williams Sherlastic for stucco and Supper Paint for siding and trim are excellent products used by many professional house painters.

Select the right tools for your house painting project. Make sure you do a little research on painting tools. Picking the right tape, roller cover and brush can make all the difference in the world. We recommend 3M 2020 1 1/2 inch will do the trick for most paint projects. There are other tapes available for use near wallpaper surfaces or areas where you need to be careful the tape doesn't damage the surface when you are unmasking. For roller covers and brushes, Pudry is hard to beat and this is the brand that most professional painting contractors use.

Choosing the right paint color for your home can be a difficult task. With the wide variety of paint colors out there, how can you possibly choose?

  1. Start with quart paint samples from you local paint store. Don't forget to purchase the small wall (brush-out cards) so you can stick the new color to your walls (Super Important).
  2. Hire a professional ASID Certified Color Consultant - Painting contractors are not color consultants they are painters. We have opinions about colors and we can offer advice, but most of the time it's bad advice.

Protect your goods - Once your wall is in good shape, user painters tape and masking paper to protect all non painted surfaces. Red Rosin paper and drop clothes are ideal for covering floors or outdoor surfaces.

Prep and clean surfaces to ensure proper adhesion of the paint -Inspect your walls for cracks, holes or stains and see if there are any repairs that need to be made. Lightly sand any patched areas to ensure that there are no ridges left and use a tack cloth to clean up any dust from sanding. Clean all grime with a deglosser or any other heavy duty cleaner.

Mix paints together for a uniform color- aka boxing your paint. Every can of paint usally comes in slightly shades of the same color. To eliminate this problem and to ensure consistent color, estimate the amount of paint you need and mix paint in a five gallon bucket.

Roll the full height of the wall while keeping a wet edge. To ensure the finished texture will be consistent in all areas, brush on the paint and then immediately roll it out before the paint dries.

Feather out paint in hard to reach areas. To minimize lap marks on larger areas like ceilings and tall walls, feather out the paint along the edges that you cannot keep wet.

Sand the trim in between coats. Sanding the surface in between coats ensures an ultra smooth finish.

Wait for the paint to dry then cut the tape loose before pulling it off. Doing this would ensure that the paint does not peel off with the tape resulting to a perfect edge.

If you run out of steam or decide a professional painting contractor may be better suited for your house painting project, we would honored if you would consider Trico Painting. Click here to schedule your free estimate today.