Top House Painting Tips You should know before moving in

Few things get one as excited as moving into a new house. And of course, the smell of freshly painted wall makes you automatically feel good. But with this, are a lots of things you need to know and should keep in mind when freshening up your new home. Here are some must-know house painting tips to keep you at the top of your house-painting game!

Of prime importance – Primers

The most essential part of painting your home should be making sure your walls are cleaned thoroughly and any dust and grime are properly removed before starting.
This will ensure the paint you use adheres properly to the surface. Riming a wall is of utmost important, as this is what forms the smooth and strong base for the paint. Generally, you have a choice of two different primers for interiors and exteriors, so choose accordingly. Your walls will require at least two coats of a good primer to create the necessary protection and will make sure your paint gets an even finish (and lasts longer). The better your primer patience is, the better lasting & well-finished your painting will be.

Try shades first – worry later

Most hardware and paint shops are happy to supply you with samples at minimal or even no charge. So instead of investing at the very start in litres and litres of paint only to wonder how it will eventually look on your wall, try a few samples first. Consider doing patch tests and trying out various combination for different walls in different areas of our home. Keeping in mind that different light makes the paint look quite different, so live with the samples for a few days before spending your money, and make sure you are confident about your choices before you leap! Think, try, experiment and procrastinate all you want.

Mix in large quantities

Make sure that once you have made up your mind about colour, you mix too much paint than too little paint. You want to make sure you have enough paint, for enough coats to ensure uniformity in the rooms you’re painting. You could run the risk of going back for more paint and when mixed again, you increase the chance of the colours not being quite the same, which could result in variations of the shades on the same walls.

Rollers or brushes?

Choosing the right tool for the job can be confusing, and even a little daunting. But we recommend that you should use a bit of both. For exterior painting rollers for larger surfaces and brushes to get into the edges, trims and smaller areas. For interior, rollers are the more efficient option and they give a smoother finish and better cover in less time. They can also be used easily by amateur and more professional users alike.
Be sure to tape out the areas you don’t want to have painted and to ensure the lines are straight on the edges and in the corners. Only ensure the tape once the paint is completely dry!

If you care, then be sure to cover

If you don’t want paint on it, be sure to cover it! Anything that you don’t want paint on must be saved from paint splatters, so be sure to securely cover up all your furniture and décor items and group them with a cover in the centre of the room to give your painters the space they need without the risk of getting paint covered fingers on them. Don’t forget to cover little things like door handles, light switches fittings and of course, woodwork.

Know your paint options

Your paint options nowadays are endless! You can choose from a huge variety of compositions, textures, finishes and not to mention, colour. Be sure you choose wisely. Educate yourself on the difference between latex paint, oil paints, water based etc and chat to an expert about understanding which would be best for your walls, while staying within your budget. When it comes to choosing different colours for different walls in the same room, be sure you don’t create too much variation on the finish of adjacent walls. While your colours can have a different texture or look, be sure the other three have a similar finish even if the colours are different.

Let it dry

For a lasting finish, your paint needs enough time to dry. Making sure it gets at least 24 hours in between coats. Once the painting process is complete, allow at least another day or two’s drying time before arranging any furniture or fittings. The better the paint dries, the stronger it will be. The drying time is generally when the most patience gets exercised but its definitely worth it in the long run.

Cleaning and storage

Be sure not to wipe or wash freshly painted surfaces for at least 15 days after painting. Store small quantities of paint in old jars or containers to be used for any touch ups you may need. Label them so you know which wall requires which paint. Make sure any rollers or brushes are washed and cleaned properly with the correct solvents or thinners and wrap them up in plastic or wax paper for storing. Hang your paintbrushes upside down to maintain the shape of your brush

Maintenance is the key

You may have completed the physical side of painting your home, but a job well done is not the end of the story. Maintain the paint well so as to make it last longer. Clean down your surfaces one in a while with a mild soap and water mixture so stains, dust and grime don’t settle in too deeply. Avoid scrubbing and use a soft sponge when cleaning your walls. Keep an eye on your walls for signs of peeling, flaking, cracking, damp or anything else that could become an issue. If you do notice anything, be sure to call for expert advice immediately to solve the problem. Any delay at this stage could create long term damage.
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