If you’re planning on painting the interior of your house, the following tips will help you achieve smooth and even results:
Paint The Trim First
There is a specific order that professional painters follow and they always paint the trim first, then the ceiling and then the walls. This will make the process a lot faster because it’s easier to tape off the trim than to tape your walls. You don’t have to be too neat when painting the trim, so just focus on getting a smooth finish on the wood and do not panic if some paint gets onto your walls because you can cover it later on. Once you’re done painting and the trim is dry, go ahead and tape it off so that you can move on to the ceiling.
Empty The Room Before You Begin Painting
This, too, will make the process a lot easier, so clear the entire room before you start painting so that you don’t have to deal with obstacles and can move around freely. If something is too big or too heavy to take out, move it to the center of the room and cover it. Try to use canvas drop cloths when covering your items because they stay put even without tape, so they are easier to deal with than plastic.
Use Masking Tape To Avoid Drips
Dripping will inevitably occur while you paint but masking tape can help protect your woodwork. Hold it tight against the wall and roll it out so that it covers the edge and press it against the wood along the entire length. Next, use painter’s tape that is twice as wide as your trim and leave it flared out. This will protect your trim from drips so that you don’t have to worry and can continue to paint freely.
Fill Every Hole
It is generally assumed that a fresh coat of paint will hide tiny dents and scratches but the reality is that it won’t, so you will have to fill them in, regardless of how small they may be. New paint will actually highlight such flaws, so it’s best to fill them in with a spackling compound. Deeper holes can be filled in with two-part fillers or an epoxy wood filler.
Sand Between Coats
Ridges and bubbles will appear, regardless of how careful you are, so you need to sand between coats for a smooth finish. Hand-sand these areas and even if it’s time-consuming, it is well worth it because it’s the only way you will get a smooth topcoat.
It is possible to paint on your own and achieve great results but if you want to guarantee a professional outcome, you will have to hire professional painters, and the experts at We Do It Painters can help! We offer different painting services and can help with commercial or home projects, so if you want to work with reputable painters, give us a call today!