Understanding Proper Painting

Important Elements To Help You Paint Your Home

You may know all the signs of when it is time for a new paint job in your home, such as dings in the walls, fading paint colors, and paint peeling from the corners. But when you plan to make a new paint application look the best and last, you need to follow some recommendations that even the professionals know about. Here are some important elements of painting your home.

Choose the Right Paint For the Job

When you walk down the aisles of paint at a local paint store, understanding all the different types of paint and which ones to use inside your home can make the task seem overwhelming. For example, if you are painting a bathroom or the kitchen, a satin paint will work best and is more durable because it is easier to clean and will hold up better under conditions with mildew and stains. Satin paint is slightly shinier than a semi-gloss and is the better option. 

It can be difficult to know exactly what type of paint finish to use in each room or on the outside of your home. Between acrylic and oil-based, you want to select a paint that will look great and be durable. A painting contractor can be a good resource of assistance, especially when they can apply the paint for you as well.

Use the Right Application Technique

Applying paint onto your home's walls and trim is more than just dipping your brush into the paint and wiping it on the wall. If you are using a roller, be sure the roller has the right amount of nap to help the paint go into any natural indentations on the walls or ceiling. And if you are cutting into the top edges of the wall and the ceiling, you should look for an angled brush that is a good quality to keep your paint line smooth.

Practice applying the paint in a straight line and you won't have to rely on masking tape to mark off the edge. Masking tape can lift and allow paint to bleed under it. Then, when you pull the tape off after you have painted, be careful it does not pull off any of your new paint.

Follow Preparation Tasks

Preparing to paint is just as important as painting, and you need to take the time to get your area ready. This includes removing furniture away from the walls, wiping down the walls with a solution to remove any grease and oils, filling and patching holes and dents, then applying primer onto the walls. 

Contact a painting contractor for more information.