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Interior Painting Tips

Posted on 23 April 2018 by admin (0)


  • Instead of buying a large quantity, buy a quart first, in case you don’t find the color attractive enough. Apply some paint on a piece of foam board, and then move it around the room to see the effect of light on the color.
  • Make sure you know the exact square footage of the room you want to paint before going to the store.
  • Don’t apply an oil finish on latex and vice versa without sanding the walls first and wiping the dust particles away using a tack cloth.
  • Don’t downplay how long it’ll take to complete the job. Give at least 24 hours for the paint to dry before bringing all items back to the room.
  • Paints have VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) that can expel harmful gas into the air for a long time after painting a room. So, buy eco-friendly paint with low or zero VOCs.

Prep work:

Paint won’t stick well to dirty walls. Clean them with TSP or soap and water, rinse with water when you are done and leave it to dry overnight.

  • Clean the ceilings before painting.
  • Don’t cover the floor with plastic because it can be very slippery, old sheets or drop cloths are better options.
  • Fill holes and caulk where necessary.
  • Removing outlet covers allows for a neater paint job. Tape the screws to the cover, and tape over the light switch or outlet to avoid paint stains on them.

Painting Ceilings:

  • Scaffolding comes in parts known as “bucks” and “cross bucks”. For painting high ceiling, four bucks should be enough. To rent a buck, it costs about $12 per day. You’ll also need: planks or walk boards that will be placed along the bucks, you can rent each of this for about $10 per day. Wheels are important because they allow for an easy movement of the scaffolding. You can get four wheels on rent for $25 per day.
  • You should use a thick-nap roller when you are painting a textured ceiling in order to get a full coverage over irregularities and bumps in the textured surface. You can use a roller with a shorter nap for smooth drywall ceilings.