A fresh coat of paint refreshes a home. In case you decide to take on the painting by yourself, you need to be aware of basic house painting techniques and tips to ensure you end up with a great paint-job. You need to put in plenty of time and effort if you want the end result to be something close to if not better than the professional painters.
Some of the basics to house painting include:
Finding the right paint
With so many paints to choose from, sometimes you can be overwhelmed which option to go for. In order to find the right paint, you need to know the room you will be painting and what the surface is made of. For example, is it dry wall you will be painting or will there be some metallic surfaces to paint as well?
Basically, there are two types of paint to choose from-the oil based (solvent or alkyd) paint and the water-based (latex) paint. One of the differences between the two is that oil-based paint tends to dry a lot slower than water-based paint-normally taking up to 24 hours or more. Oil-based paint is recommended to be used on the outside while water-based paint is recommended for inside the house.
There are further divisions in the two types of paint depending on the finish you are looking for. For example, high-gloss paint which is best used in spots that need to be highlighted such as decorative moldings and trim. Such paint is best used in areas that are prone to so much abuse. Eggshell paint on the other hand can be used for low-sheen finishes. It is best used in dining rooms, living rooms, dens and bedrooms. This kind is washable.
Other kinds of paint include the flat paints which are non-reflective, semi-gloss paints which are suitable for rooms with low humidity and primer paints which are used to seal unpainted surfaces in order to prevent coats of paint from soaking in.
Interior Vs Exterior painting
While painting the interior of the house, it is advisable to use paint that will dry fast. This means using water-based paint. It is also recommended that you use paint that gives off as little odor as possible. With exterior painting on the other hand, oil-based painting will do the trick since it can endure plenty of abuse.
Tools to use
You need to have the right tools to get the job done right. Essential tools include the painter’s tape, rags/ paper towels, sandpaper, caulk, garden hose, sponges, bucket, extension ladder, wire brush, paint scraper, putty knives, Paint brushes, rollers, paint tray/ bucket, drop clothes and work gloves among others.
Common imperfections to deal with
You may have to deal with imperfections such as cracks, dirt, laps, peeling, blistering, mildew and wrinkling. You need to find the right remedy for the problem at hand if you wish to have a good paint job. For example, you will have to caulk cracks to make for a smooth paint-job.
Credit: This was a guest post written by Jesse from Visions Painting and Stucco. For more information on the painting services they can provide, check out their website at visionspaintingandstucco.ca.