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Professional Painting Tips for DIY Painters

Do you find yourself with a little DIY bug? Have you decided to make some changes in your home and you're ready to dig in and make it happen. Itching to paint your home for a new look?

Paint is an easy way to have a major impact on a space. It doesn't require you to knock down walls or hire a carpenter. Paint can transform a space and give it a whole new vibe.

While it might sound like a fun idea to do some painting in your home, the truth is you might be a little nervous about making your paint job look like a pro did it. Because while you want a paint job done, you don't want it to look like a rookie did the painting.

Read on for these 8 tips to paint your home like a pro.

1. Prep Work

In theory, painting a room in your house sounds simple enough. You buy the paint and start putting it on the walls, right? The fun part is putting the paint on. The truth is there are many steps to take care of before you actually start painting.

First, you want to inspect the space you hope to paint. Look for cracks or holes in the walls that might need repair. Anything that is cracked or peeling needs repair so your new paint will adhere to the surface.

If the space is dirty or dusty, you also need to wipe down the walls so they are ready for paint.

An exterior surface might need caulk and power washing too.

2. Organize Materials

The work of professional painters looks so good in part because they use high-quality materials. You don't want to use high-quality paints and then skimp on how you actually put the paint on your surface.

It will be worth it to buy quality brushes, rollers, and painters tape. The quality of these products makes a difference in how the paint actually looks when it gets applied to your walls.

3. Nap, Not The Snoozing Kind

In the spirit of what materials to use, consider the nap on the rollers you will use to put the paint on the wall. If you have a wall with texture, you want a roller with more nap.

The thicker nap allows the roller to get the paint into the cracks and crevices of the surfaced wall. A word of caution though about using too much nap. If you use a roller with too much nap it's possible to create a texture on your wall when you don't want one.

Talk to your paint store professional about the best roller for the surface of your walls.

4. Removing Things

Painting is a much easier task when you are not tripping over things or stepping over the top of them. It makes sense to remove things that are easy to take out of the way. Take out lamps, small chairs and easily portable furniture.

Large furniture can stay put and be covered. You can slide it to the center of the room where it will be out of the way of your work on the walls.

Also, take the time to remove the covers of light switches and electric outlets. It makes it easier to paint around them and will look tidier when you put them back on.

5. Protect Your Surfaces

One thing professional painters will always do is protect the surfaces in your home you don't want to be painted. So, that furniture you slid to the middle of the room should get covered with a drop cloth.

Cover floors to protect them from paint splatters and drips once you start to apply paint.

If you are painting an exterior surface, look around and consider whether there are surfaces or areas that need to be covered with a layer of plastic.

6. Primer

This is a good time to have a conversation with your paint professional about your primer needs. If you have a nice smooth wall that has been painted recently, maybe you can take advantage of using a primer and paint combination.

Often though applying primer is recommended before painting. It helps to prep the surface for the actual paint. It helps to cover what is already on the surface and create a smooth even surface for the new paint's application.

It also prevents the new paint from soaking in too much so you need fewer coats to cover the surface.

7. Box Your Paint

You know when you purchase your paint and they put it in the shakers? They are getting your color smooth so it's ready for application.

If you have a room that you expect to use more than one container or gallon of paint for, then you need to box them before painting. No, you won't actually put them in a box.

Boxing your paint is a professional painter's term where you take all the paint and put it together. This prevents any tiny variations from one gallon to the next from showing up on your walls. It's also the reason you see professional painters using the large buckets with paint in them.

8. Applying the Paint

As you can see, there are definitely some steps to consider before actually applying the paint to your walls. Now that you are ready to paint, you want to do things in a certain order.

First, using your paintbrush, you want cut in the areas around the edges. Paint by hand around the edges of windows, the ceiling and baseboards.

Then using the roller, apply the middle areas. You have chosen quality paint and a roller, you don't need to press too hard. Roll the paint so the roller has paint on it, then roll it on the wall.

When rolling on the wall, you want to start at the top and work your way downward.

Tips to Paint Your Home

While many folks opt to make painting a DIY project, many more realize that when you paint your home, it's a ton of work. This is why so many opt for hiring professionals.

They don't have to worry about purchasing supplies or doing all the prep work. They don't have to worry about getting the application right. When you hire a professional painter, you know the job will come out looking great.

Are you looking for a painter to help you get your house painted? We can help. Contact us today for an estimate. We can even do a virtual estimate for you and start planning out your paint project for you.

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