Painting a home or residential area can have its own set of challenges, however without following some basic guidelines you may end up with one big mess in the end. The following tips aim to give you the information you need to avoid such an outcome and to help you paint in the best ways possible. Let’s begin with the first tip on our list:
If you want to avoid lap marks, you must follow through and roll the entire height of your wall with a wet edge. This will help you create an uninterrupted line all the way. The worst thing you can do is stop the rolling midway and then begin again, as this will inevitably create these unpleasant lap marks which simply take forever to deal with and an even greater number of coats. Long, even strokes or rolling is the best way to avoid them completely.
For a consistent color without any variations you should mix the cans of paint in a very large bucket. This will give you a chance to deal with only a single source of paint for your needs instead of remixing new ones which may differ in hues from the previous ones.
The best way to go about painting the room is to start with the trim due to gravity’s hold on the paint you’ll use. Doing so and then protecting it with tape will be the best way to do it. Once you are done painting the walls you should keep in mind that paint doesn’t exactly dry right away and that some of it will flow down the wall and over the wall. That means you can’t rip off the tape as you may damage the paint on the wall. Carefully cut it away with a box cutter to minimize the damage. Waiting for about 24 hours for the paint to dry completely is the perfect time to do that. Make sure you check whether the paint is completely dry. You don’t want to try to cut gummy paint as you will mess up everything and you’ll have to fix it later.
If you want to avoid the unpleasant side-effects of a blotchy finish, you should make sure you do some priming and texturing beforehand. Although the color of the paint will be uniform when you’re done it is often that it will also be lacking a proper sheen. If that happens the cracks and holes in the wall might be the problem, unless they were patched before your paint job. This is where primering comes in, smoothing out these patches and eliminating the differences between them.
Something else that must be done is to clean up the walls before you apply any paint. That will greatly help them form a stronger bond so they won’t peel off when you are done with the process. You can degloss or clean the wall depending on the type of paint you’re planning to use, however that largely depends on what paint was underneath to begin with.