If you have decided to paint the interior of your home for the first time, you may be looking for some tips. This article provides some advice on how to get the best results. Read on to discover more!
1. Start by cleaning the surface you're painting
You can't expect your new paint job to look good if the surface is dirty. Dust, dirt and grime all make suitable surfaces uneven, which means that any paint applied over it won't look as smooth. Wash down the walls with a mild solution of soap and water, then use a clean wet cloth to remove any remaining dust. You should also make sure that the surface is completely dry before you paint it – if not, the quality of the paint job may be affected.
2. Use painter's tape to create clean lines
Painter's tape creates a more professional looking finish. Simply tape off any areas you don't want to paint – such as electrical outlets, door handles and window sills. Then use a small brush or roller to paint the gaps between the tape. You can remove the tape immediately after the painting is finished to reveal a sharp painted edge.
3. Choose the right type of paint for the job
Before buying paint, read the label carefully to see if it's suitable for your type of project. For example, matte paints are ideal for use on walls (and other large areas) because they're easy to apply and harder to mess up. On the other hand, semi-gloss or high-gloss paints are better for trims and doors since they're more durable than matte paint.
4. Work in small sections
For interior painting projects that involve multiple coats or large areas, work in sections so that each coat has enough time to dry before being covered up with the next. This is especially important in moist, humid weather when it's more difficult for paint to dry on its own.
5. Look for "paint and primer in one"
If your wall was previously painted (or if you're painting over a different colour), you might want to opt for "paint and primer in one" products. These are designed to stick better to surfaces that have already been painted – meaning you won't need as many coats to cover them up completely. Again, this saves you time and money.
If you would like further advice or support, contact an interior painting contractor today.