Learn From the Pros how the Best Gear and Techniques get Professional Quality
Two problems often get in the way between you and the idea of what your
home will look like after you get finished painting it. Whether an
interior or exterior painting job, the average person doesn’t have the knowledge or the tools to get
the kind of results they want. Even something as seemingly simple as an
accent wall can turn into a long, complicated process that has you wishing
you had never given your paintbrush the first dip into the paint bucket.
The bottom line is that if you want to get professional results, you need
to invest the time and money it will take to do the job right.
Don’t Skimp on Drop Cloths
Professional painters always recommend removing all the furniture out of
the room before you start. Even if you have it down to the flooring and
light fixtures, you need to put down drop cloths that spilled drops won’t
penetrate. Look into cloths made from canvas or plastic that won’t
let drips through and which won’t slip when you walk on them.
Start with a Perfect Wall
Every little dent or crack will show through after the paint has dried
and age your paint job from day one. Pull out nails and fill in holes
with spackle or painter’s putty, let dry completely, and then sand
down smooth flush with wall.
You also need to sand the entire wall to prepare it to accept the paint.
If the existing paint is glossy, purchase a sanding sponge to get better
results. Sanding can also prevent problems when you aren’t sure
what kind of paint the existing coat is, and you want the new paint to adhere.
Clean the Wall
Use a sponge dampened with a mild cleaner and two buckets of water to wash
and rinse the dust from the wall. Painting over dust will result in a
bumpy wall that looks like an amateur painted it.
Get Quality Paint
If you decide to purchase the store brand discount paint, then you should
expect to get less-than-professional results from your efforts. Think
about the room you are painting and what types of stains the walls will
be most vulnerable to. Glossy paint is a better choice for kitchens and
bathrooms where walls are more apt to need spot cleaning.
Get the Right Roller and Brush
You can purchase a plastic paint tray, roller, and cover, and even a brush
for just over $3 at the local discount store. Don’t! As simple as
these tools seem, they come in different styles and materials that have
specific uses. Rollers with long naps hold more paint and are used to
create texture, while shorter naps leave a smoother finish.
Paint brushes are made of either natural or synthetic materials. (There
are also sponge brushes, but, again, don’t!) Basically, natural
bristled brushes are used to apply oil-based paints, while synthetics
are used for everything else. Also, an angled brush is used to paint along
edges, while a flat brush gives you more coverage.
According to This Old House, loading your brush is just as important as
starting with the right one. Dip it into the paint about 1-1/2”
before tapping the brush against the can. This gets rid of the excess
paint while driving what remains farther into the bristles.
Take Time to Get the Details Right
Areas like windows, doors, and trim are more detailed, and it takes longer
to get them right. Don’t rush through, and make sure you get into
the crevices and catch the drips.
Many do-it-yourselfers are surprised to learn that getting everything they
need to get a professional painting job can be expensive and time-consuming.
A more convenient way of getting professional results from exterior or
interior painting in Marietta that you can rely on is to call Dixon Painting
and put your home into the hands of the real pros with the best tools
for the job.
Contact us today to learn more about our excellent painting services!