Painters Helping Residential Homeowners Learn About House Painting Preparation
by Darren Smith on Feb 9, 2020
Many homeowners enjoy doing it yourself projects around the house. Often times they enjoy doing this because they like the opportunity to fix up their home as well as to save money. When it comes to painting either the interior of your home or your exterior, then it is important that you have the knowledge you need to create a great painting experience.
There are many homeowners who have never painted their homes. However, they feel like they have a good idea of what it takes to paint their home. Of course, a little knowledge can hurt a doing it yourself home project. You can find yourself in a situation where you don’t understand fully what needs to be done. Thus, you will either find yourself needing to do the project over again or going back over the project and taking up more time. In this article, we would like to help the homeowner understand painting preparation and what needs to take place in order to have a great painting experience.
Preparing to paint your home – One of the first things that you need to do as a homeowner is to think through the area that you will be painting. Will it be interior or exterior? What are the reasons that you are wanting to repaint your home? Are you looking for a fresh new look? Do you want a variety? Is your paint becoming dull or flaking off? All of these questions help you think through why you want to paint and how to move forward.
Consulting an expert – It is oftentimes best to consult with an expert painting professional prior to starting a painting project. This may mean that you need to take a trip to your local Home Depot store to talk with them about your goals for painting. Or you may know of someone in the painting business with whom you could ask or run ideas so that you feel knowledgeable and equipped for this painting project. We can’t stress the importance you having a really good grasp of what you are doing and how you are going to go about accomplishing this project.
Gathering Your Painting Supplies - Once you have figured out the direction that you want to go with your painting project, it is important that you spend time collecting a list of all the things that you will need for this painting project. If it is exterior, then you need to think through all the things that you will need. Do you have a ladder? Do you have the needed tools for painting preparation? Do you have the tools that you will need to paint? Some of the tools that you will need to paint will include painting brushes, painting rollers, painter’s tape, cloth or plastic to lay down to keep paint from getting everywhere, ladders, scrapers, a wire brush, and a painting edger. For more information on tools needed, discuss this with your painting professional or paint store.
Painting Preparation - It is important as you begin painting your home that you prepare the painting service. The importance here is that if you don’t get the painting service just right, then the paint is not going to stick. This will mean that you will be repainting the area within the next year or two years because the paint was able to stick to the service properly. In order to do this, you need to be able to look at your wall to see if the paint is peeling, bubbling, or flaking. If you find areas that are doing any of these, then it is important that you go about focusing your time and energy to scrape these sections off. This will mean that you need to have a paint scraper and potentially a wire brush. The goal here is to cleanly scrape off the old paint so that you create a smooth service for the paint to stick. Once you have scraped the paint, then take the wire brush to smooth off the painting service. Once you have done this, you should be ready for the next step.
Applying the Primer - Primer is meant to be able to put a strong coat or layer down to better help paint adhere to the walls. This means that you will need to purchase a can of primer. Then, you can start putting on the primer just like you would with paint. Use a paintbrush or roller to apply the primer to your walls. You will only need one coat of primer to take care of this portion of the project.
Applying the Paint - Once you are finished with the primer, you will be ready to apply the paint to your wall. By this point, you should have already picked out the color and type of paint that you will need for your project. This is where a painting store will be really helpful to determine. Once you have the paint ready, you can begin to apply the paint over the primer. Continue the same process of painting that you used with applying the primer. Once you have painted the service, then let it dry for 24 hours. Once you have let it dry, look over the walls to see if there is a need for another coat of paint. If there is a need for another coat of paint, then reapply. Wait for 24 hours and see if it needs another coat.
After having taken these steps, you should be good to go with the completion of your painting project. If you take these exact steps, you will be happy with your finished painting project. These are the steps that have helped thousands of homeowners paint their interior or exterior successfully. Not sure if you want to take on this project? Learn more about hiring a painter.
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