One of the steps of home renovation you are most likely to want to do yourself is that of painting a wall. This is the final step of many major DIY projects and a great way to make a tired old space look fresh and bright. Interior painting can look intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. It is much easier than painting with oil, and painting oil painters art is much more complicated to get into. But if you’re not confident about painting on wall surfaces at all, you might want a few tips.
Here at Best of Machinery, we’ve put together a few of the most useful interior painting tips, introducing you to things like painter s tape, drop cloths, roller covers and primer, as well as the best order to approach painting walls. Read on to learn everything you might need to know in order to paint walls and save yourself time and money!
Techniques for the Perfect Paint Job
There are a few tips you might want to be aware of in order to get the best results when interior painting. We’ll run through some of our favorites here, but this is by no means a comprehensive guide, just a collection of tips that you might want to use to get the best out of your painting process!
Clean your walls First!
One of the most important tips that we can offer to anyone who wants to paint a wall is to make sure that the wall is thoroughly cleaned before you start to paint! If you paint straight over dirty or oily surfaces, then the paint will easily flake off and won’t bond to the wall surface properly. Clean your walls down carefully before you start to paint, and use a deglosser or pre-paint cleaner, applied in circular motions with a lint-free cloth. Once you’ve cleaned the surface, sand it back to smoothness, and you’ll be all ready to paint again!
Keep a Wet Edge
If you paint uneven layers on top of one another, then you’ll get certain areas with more paint than others. That creates ugly stripes, commonly known as “lap marks.” To avoid this, the best thing to do is to maintain something known as a “wet edge.” This means that each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke a little before the paint has a chance to dry.
The best way to get this wet edge is to start near a corner of the room and run the roller up and down the whole room. Feel free to go back over previous areas a little in order to even out thicker areas of paint, just make sure you do that quickly before the paint has a chance to dry! As long as you follow these steps, you should have a clean, smooth surface at the end, with little or no lap marks visible once it’s all dried.
Start with the Trim
Many professional decorators will start by painting the trim, then the ceiling, then the walls. This is one of their top tips, in most cases! This is because it is easier to cover the trim with painter s tape to get a nice clean edge than it is to tape off the walls! When painting the trim, just use a large brush, and don’t worry too much about neatness.
All you’re really aiming for is a smooth surface – the tape should keep the wall safe from escaped paint, and all your fittings should already be covered with drop cloths and taped into place. Once your trim is completely dry, usually after 24 hours or so, tape it off with painters tape, then move on to the ceiling, then finally the walls.
Sand Between Coats
You’ve probably heard that you should sand between coats of paint and might even see it as a bit of a joke. It’s no joke, though! A sanded surface will be smoother and better looking. Even if you paint carefully, you’ll have some small brush strokes and roller marks once the paint dries, and your second coat will make these much more visible. Sanding between coats knocks down those rough surfaces, giving a smooth base for your next coat!
What is the Correct Order to Paint a Room?
When you’re getting started with interior painting, one of the most important things you should consider first is what order you are going to want to paint elements of the interior room in. There are a few painting tips that can help you to save as much time as possible, giving you the smoothest wall painting experience possible and avoiding going back and repainting areas of the room.
Start by painting the ceiling first. That means that you’re not going to have problems with drips running down the wall that you’ll then have to go back and cover up afterward, adding to the time taken to finish painting the room.
After that, you can start to paint the walls. Start at the top, and then work your way down the walls with your chosen color. The final step is to paint the windows, door frames, and skirting boards of your wall. Once you’ve done this, you should be finished, and all without having to go back and redo large areas with previous color choices.
Can I just Paint over old Paint?
If you set out to paint over an interior wall that’s already been painted, then you might be disappointed if you don’t use appropriate tools and methods. If you don’t use a primer before painting over old paint, then the color of the old paint will show through your new paint layer, making it look messy and poorly done. The primer will cover up the old color, as well as providing a surface that the paint can bond to more reliably for a smoother finish and stronger color.
Once you’ve primed over the old paint with a separate primer (not a combination primer and paint mix), you can start to use a roller to paint over the primer. Once your first coat has dried, go back over it with a second coat for a smoother and more even coat. It takes time, but it’s more than worth the effort!
Do you roll or cut in First When Painting?
One of the most important steps, when you start to paint wall surfaces, is cutting in, which should always be done before you start to use a roller. You won’t need much in the way of tools for this, only a 2 or 3-inch brush. Start about 2 brush
lengths away, and paint back into the corner. This fills the corner of the interior space with paint, as your roller tools will be unable to cover the narrow area in the corner of your room. Latex paint dries quickly enough that you can easily cut in the entire room before going back with a roller to paint the main walls.
The above are just a few of our top tips for painting interior surfaces. You might well already know some of them, but hopefully, you’ve learned something new from reading these. Following our advice above should help you to
get the best results possible from your painting experience, giving you a smoother surface, cleaner colors, and much less time wasted in repainting messy areas. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a novice painter, hopefully, there’s something useful for you in the list of our top tips above.