Painting is one of the easiest do-it-yourself jobs you can do around your house. You can paint either the inside or the outside of your house (or both) for an instant refresh. It’s a simple way to bring new life to the exterior of your property and can brighten up the rooms inside as well. Here at Just Right Painting, we want you to be successful and are here to help you do the best job. Here are our best tips for affordable house painting.
If you want a professional looking job when you’re finished, while also taking advantage of the perks of affordable house painting, you need to make sure you do a good job of prepping before you start painting. Start by gathering all of the supplies and materials you will need. On average, you will need one gallon of paint for every 400 square feet you plan to paint. Make sure you also have primer, paint brushes, paint tape, a roller and drop cloths. Taking the time to do these things ensures a job well done.
It’s tempting to skip this step, but primer helps seal the area you’re painting and will help the paint adhere to the surface better when you roll it on. Primer also covers any areas of the walls you’ve repaired and is especially important if you are working on a new build and the walls have never been painted before. Primer also adds a professional appearance to your finished painting job. If you’re painting indoors, choose a low VOC primer.
Follow a Pattern
Our professional painters have a routine and pattern they follow when painting, which ensures that you get even coverage all over and don’t miss any spots. This is usually done by painting the trim first, then the ceiling and the walls. The trim is first because if you drip paint onto the walls as you go, you can easily cover it up when you paint them. Make sure you allow adequate time between coats so the paint can dry and won’t smudge when you apply the second coat.
Wait to Remove the Tape Until the Paint is Dry
If you want a professional looking paint job, make sure you wait until the paint is completely dry before removing the painters tape because you may take wet paint with it, requiring touch ups. For the same reason, you don’t want to leave the painters tape on too long. Read the manufacturer directions for the tape you’ve chosen for more information on how long to wait before removing it. When you remove the tape, do so slowly and at a 135-degree angle. If the tape sticks, use a razor blade cutter to help release it. Once the paint is dry, a damp sponge can also help release the tape.
If you need affordable house painting, you need Just Right Painting. We can do the job for you and give you tips for getting it done yourself. Call us today.