Good preparation is the key to a good paint job. Most reputable painters will take care of preparation work before beginning the job. This is something that needs to be discussed before signing any contracts. Homeowners should clearly understand how much or how little preparation work each contractor is intending to do.
Remove all furniture from the room that is about to be painted. If furniture cannot be easily taken out, move it to the center of the room and cover it with a drop cloth.
Paint should only be applied to a clean, well-prepared surface. Any peeled or cracked paint must be removed through scraping, sanding, or both. Simply painting over peeled or cracked paint allows unsightly problems to quickly reemerge. All mold and mildew on the surface should also be removed before applying new paint. Existing glossy paint should be “dulled” or “deglossed” through sanding so that a good bond between the old paint and the new paint is formed. Holes should be filled or patched. The area should be cleaned using a strong cleaner, such as a TSP, or trisodium phosphate, solution. Cleaners should be thoroughly rinsed before applying paint.
Primer and sealer
Primer provides a base for new paint to adhere to, and it makes the paint more durable. Before painting, prime any uncoated surfaces, bare wood, repaired areas, or paneled walls. Sealers should be used when undergoing a drastic color change.
Before painting, unscrew and remove all fixtures and outlet covers from the walls. This will save time during the edging process.
Masking tape is commonly used to keep paint off items that cannot be removed, such as glass, built-in fixtures, door handles, and latches. An alternative to masking tape is painter’s tape. It is frequently chosen because it has lower tack than masking tape, making it easier to pull off. To keep stray paint from seeping underneath the painter’s tape, painters may try rapidly running a flat tool down the edges of the tape. This friction causes heat and melts the tape’s glue. When the glue dries, it will create a stronger barrier that is more difficult for paint to penetrate. Different paint types exist for different applications. Some key factors to consider when choosing a paint are as follows.
Color scheme is an important and personal choice. Various color schemes create different atmospheres and often say much about the owner. To choose the right color scheme for you, view color samples at home whenever possible. Because home lighting is almost always different than paint store lighting, the sample you loved in the store can appear dramatically different at home.
Water-based vs. solvent-based
Water-based paints are commonly referred to as latex. Historically, water-based paints have not been as durable as solvent-based or oil- based paints. However, with recent advances in paint technology, there is currently little difference between the two. A reputable painter will be able to determine which type of paint is best suited for your particular job.
Paint is available in a variety of finishes, ranging from flat to glossy. Glossy paints are more durable than flat paints, but they show flaws in the surface and in the painting technique more easily than flat paints. The high shine, or sheen, of glossy paint is ideal for areas that must be cleaned often, such as bathrooms and kitchens. The dull finish of a flat paint makes it appropriate for ceilings and walls in other living areas.