House painting is a popular project for avid DIYers. Whether you want to give your house a new look or prepping it for sale, a good paint job should do the trick. Quality exterior paint particularly adds a layer of protection from weather damage, dust, insects while preventing large repair costs. Many homeowners have basic painting skills, but if you want to take your game a notch higher, the following tips should come in handy:
Prep the Surface Before Painting
You must prep the surface to achieve a flawless coat of paint on your walls, woodwork, and ceilings. Sanding using the right abrasive paper helps level out patches, ridges around nail holes, and feathers out repairs allowing them to blend into the surrounding surface.
A sanding pole that has 220-grit sandpaper is suitable for sanding walls vertically. Be sure to start from the baseboard to the ceiling and overlap every stroke to avoid missing any spots. Then proceed to sand horizontally at the top of the baseboard molding and along the tops of the ceiling walls.
You don’t want to pressure the sanding pole too much as it can flip over and damage the wall. Greasy walls also need a bit of washing with soap and water to create a clean and oil-free surface where paint can stick.
Prime the Surface
It’s important to apply a primer coat whether you are painting an old wood surface, previously painted brick, or new drywall. A primer creates a consistent base for applying paint and reduces the number of coats you’d need when applying paint. It also helps the paint to stick well on the surface.
If painting walls with mold growth, look for a primer with stain-blocking features to conceal the mold stains and other discoloration that could show through the paint. Normally, there are three types of primers:
- Oil-based primers: This kind is ideal for high-traffic areas like doors, cabinets, and windows. Oil-based primers are also great for sealing problematic wood surfaces, e.g., those made from cedar
- Paint-and-primer-in-one: It’s designed to cover and seal surfaces in one coat. The product works best on previously painted surfaces or new drywall as it provides decent coverage in one coat
- Water-based Primers: They are the best for hiding stains and surfaces smeared with paste. Also, they are crack-resistant and the best for applying on bare wood and new drywalls
Choose the Right Paint
Basically, there are two types of exterior paint: oil-based alkyd and water-based latex paint. The latter dries quickly, is less likely to crack, and has a low odor. High-quality latex paints contain 100% acrylic resins.
On the other hand, Alkyd paints need a paint thinner to prep the surface instead of soap and water. Many professionals prefer this type of paint because it’s stain-resistant, durable, flows smoothly, and dries up with just a few brush marks. The only downside is that they have a strong smell and dry up slowly.
Look for a Good Brush
If you want a flawless look on your wall, avoid using cheap brushes. While you get to save a few bucks, cheap brushes make your walls appear as if they’ve been smeared with paint using a rake. Also, the bristles are very fragile and often fall out into the paint.
Look for paintbrushes from brands like Purdy and Wooster. While the brushes cost a little more than regular brushes, they are more durable and apply paint very smoothly. A 2/1/2 inch wide angled brush, for example, is a great all-around brush, and you can reuse it until the bristles are worn out.
Apply Paint During Dry Weather
You don’t want to paint the exterior of your house when the weather is extremely humid. Paint drips and dries up slowly, which means you may need to repeat the whole process. If you must paint when it’s humid, look for slow-drying paint as it allows you to correct errors before applying the next coat. However, you don’t want to overwork the surface, or it will show once done.
Cover the Furniture
When painting the house’s interior, it can be tasking to lug all the furniture out of a room. Instead, push the furniture to the center of the room and cover it with plastic sheets. The sheets protect the furniture from paint drips, sanding dust, and splatters.
These painting hacks should help you paint the exterior and interior of your home like a pro. You also get to paint the surfaces faster and achieve a flawless look without compromising on quality.
If this does seem more like a hassle then a fun task to get done over the weekend, you can always choose to get the pro’s in instead. It’s best to find someone local to your area and depending on the team you choose it may not cost as much as you think either and be half the amount of effort.
For a Brisbane based house painter, GB Painters have over 20 years of experience doing all types of house & property painting and can be trusted for your next home project. Details and more information about their services can be found on their website at https://www.gbpainters.com.au/.
Either way, if you love a DIY project or do decide to get help with your house painting job, it’s always a good idea for a new look and to beautify a space in your home.