One of the best things about owning a home of your own is being able to unleash your inner creativity, and what better way to do that than to pick up a brush and paint and start throwing color around?
That’s how many people approach the idea of painting their home – and, in fairness, there’s something to that approach. For one thing, the enthusiasm level there is excellent. Painting should always be expressive and a source of joy, including house painting. That being said, anyone who’s actually tried to paint their house might realize that in the same way becoming the next Rembrandt or Picasso isn’t as easy as simply picking up some brushes and painting away, the same principle holds true for house painting. There are certain tricks of the trade you need to know – such as these four vital hidden secrets!
Let’s be honest – one of the biggest problems most of us have with painting is simply the amount of time it can take to get the job done. For as much as you want to be sure that you’re doing a quality job on any given paint job, you don’t necessarily want to spend days on end on the same room. That’s why it is of the utmost importance to find ways to expedite the process. The most important thing you can do to speed the process along is to make sure that you have the right kind of paint. Different types of paints dry at different speeds. Working with more old-fashioned, oil-based paints? Those may look nice, but they’ll take forever to dry. Instead, applying latex-based paints can ensure that the paint dries much quicker, and by adding sealing and coating agents on top of it, you cut down on the risk of it flaking.
Far too many people overlook the importance of cleaning a surface before painting it. You don’t want the surface that you paint to be spattered with grime before painting it, as this can lead to the dirt, that is left behind, simply blending in with the paint and giving it an ugly effect. Instead, use cleaning agents all over your wall. Get into every nook and cranny. Treat cleaning the wall is the first step in painting it.
Once you’ve done that, you’re going to want to make sure that you seal the cracks. Tempting as it may be to simply paint over them and pretend they don’t exist, you actually want to make sure to seal cracks for structural integrity reasons. What’s more, this can help ensure that your surface appears nice and smooth, and not bumpy or full of “ridges.”
Use the Right Tools
You’ll also want to be sure you’re using the right tools here. For as good as paint brushes are, if you are painting a home, rollers are the way to go for a lot of the main work. You’ll, thus, want to make sure you have differently-sized rollers with which to quickly and evenly paint different surfaces. In addition, you’ll want to be sure to have that aforementioned coating agent on hand to add over the paint so as to keep out moisture, add an extra sheen, and add extra protection to your paint job.
Paint your home a better way with these pro paint tips.
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