A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to revitalize a house, but it is a big job to undertake. With this in mind, following these five rules will ensure that the painting process goes smoothly and that the new paint is both beautiful and long-lasting.
Use the Necessary Tools
When shopping for painting supplies, the sheer number of supplies and options may be overwhelming to a painter. However, investing in the necessary tools will ensure a professional-looking result. You'll need:
- A brush: opt for the highest-quality brush within your budget
- A roller and paint tray
- 5-in-1 tool
- Cleanup supplies: rags, wire brush, mineral spirits (if using oil-based paint)
- (Optional) Airless sprayer
Don't Skimp on the Preparation
No matter what quality of paint or tools you have, the preparation itself dramatically affects the final result.
- Wash: Using a scrub brush and soapy water, remove all dirt and debris from the walls.
- Remove loose paint: Using a paint scraper, remove any flaking paint. A power sander can be used to smooth any rough surfaces.
- Fill in any holes: Fill any small holes with wood filler, and smooth it with a putty knife. Once the putty dries, sand it, and brush off the dust.
Factor in the Weather
Keep these weather tips in mind when scheduling your painting project:
- Avoid painting on excessively hot days
- Don't paint in the rain or if a rainstorm is expected
- Avoid painting in extreme wind or dusty conditions
- Optimum temperatures for painting are between 50-90 degrees
Use High-Quality Paint
The prices of paint can vary widely from brand to brand, with exterior paints ranging from $35-$70 per gallon. The more expensive paints contain higher quality ingredients, which means that your paint job is likely to last longer.
Paint Using Proven Techniques
Always paint starting at the top and working downwards. Use painter's tape when painting narrow pieces such as window trims. For additional tips, watch tutorial videos when unsure of a new task.