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Painting Tips You Must Know

Do you ever feel the need to redecorate your entire house? 

There are few things more thrilling than moving into a freshly painted, furnished home. Isn’t it? Is there anyone who doesn’t love the smell of freshly painted walls. It makes you happy. 

There are many things that you should know and remember before you begin. This is the step by step guide to help you figure out where to start. 

1: Plan Ahead 

Plan your project before you start. Here are some things to consider before you decide on the best time to paint your house. Understanding the weather patterns of your area will help you determine the best times to dry the paint without it drying out in the rain or low humidity. It is crucial to let both interior and exterior paints dry properly. This will ensure that your paint lasts. Make sure you check for water leakage or other water damage before you begin painting. Paint is most sensitive to moisture and humidity so make sure it is dry before starting. 

2: Surface Preparations and Primers 

Make sure you clean the walls before you paint. This will ensure that the paint sticks to the wall. Primer is crucial as it acts as the base for paint. You can find many primers for both interior and exterior use. Choose the right primer. Two coats are recommended to protect your walls and give them a smooth finish. The primer you choose will make your painting more durable and smoother. 

3: Protect your Possessions 

Painting can be messy. You should protect all the places you don’t want to paint. 

Move furniture and appliances to another location or cover them with sheets. To protect the furniture and appliances, group them in one place.  

You don’t want the paint to splatter on anything. Remember to cover switchboards, doorknobs, and light fittings. 

4: Plan Ahead 

You need to have a plan before you can start thinking about how you will paint your walls. 

Is it going to be the same colour all over or will you mix and match? 

Do you prefer a shiny, metallic, or matte finish? 

Consider all these design options before you begin. 

It is better to test paint on walls before buying the full amount. Before you start, do a patch test. This allows you see how the paint will dry and allows you to experiment with different combinations of paint on the walls. Paint a piece of wood and then place it on the wall. This will allow you to observe how different lighting affects the paint’s appearance. 

5: Use Digital Colour Codes 

After you have decided on the colours, you should ensure that you get your paints from an authorized vendor with Digital Colour Codes. Mixing paints in small quantities can result in inconsistencies. Make sure to order more than what you think you will use. Mixing the entire paint can for one colour at the same time will ensure uniformity in the room. 

6: Think about your Options 

There are many choices for paint today. It is essential to choose the right wall paint. 

Oil and latex paints as well as water-based paints all have different purposes. To determine the best type of paint for your walls, consult experts in painting. 

There are two types, interior and exterior. Each paint is specifically designed for a particular purpose. 

While mixing and matching colours can be appealing, it is best to pre-plan a colour scheme. 

7: Wait for it to Dry 

Paints should dry between coats for a durable finish. Let the paint dry for at least two days before you start to put the furniture against walls. The result will be worth the patience it takes to let the paint dry. 

Wait 15 days before washing freshly painted surfaces. Keep small amounts for touch ups, if needed. It is important to label the paints so that you can easily identify what paint belongs where, in case of touch-ups. 

Here are some Maintenance Tips 

  • Regular maintenance will make the painted surface appear brighter, cleaner, and fresher. 
  • Use mild soap and warm water to clean the painted surfaces. This will prevent dirt, stains, and grime from building up. 
  • When cleaning, use a soft sponge/cloth. 
  • Keeping a record of the digital codes will ensure there is no colour difference if you need to re-paint a section. 
  • You should inspect your walls regularly for signs of cracking, flaking, or dampness. 
  • If you find any issues, contact an expert. You can end up with damage to your walls if you don’t act fast enough.