8 Painting Tips for Interior Walls

Wednesday, October 12 2016 11:35 AM

Have you ever painted the walls in your house and been disappointed with the results? Ever wonder how the professional painters get that clean, smooth look when they paint? Here are some pro tips for painting your walls that will help your next painting experience get better results.

Box Your Paint

When you buy multiple gallons of paint, even when they are the same color, there will be slight color differences among the various cans. To keep the color painting tips for your home interior wallsconsistent, you need to “box” your paint. This is done by simply mixing all the same-color paint you’ll be using into a 5-gallon bucket to ensure the color stays consistent on the walls when you’re finished.

Wash Roller Covers First

To get rid of the fuzzy residue from new roller covers, just wash them before use with water and liquid soap. This will keep the fuzzy material out of your paint and off of your walls. Make sure you pull away any loose fibers while washing. After that, the roller covers are ready to go - no need to dry them first.

Sand Down Imperfections on Walls

Many people ignore this step, but a smooth surface is the best for painting. Get some fine-grit sandpaper and a sanding pole and smooth down wall patches, nail-hole ridges and any other rough areas. Use a sanding sponge for the hard-to-get areas. This will ensure a more professional look when you’re finished painting.

Clean Walls before You Paint

Your walls get greasy and dirty from everything they come in contact with, so it’s important to make sure you have clean walls before any paint is applied. Paint won’t bond to a dirty surface, so use a degreaser to thoroughly clean your walls beforehand. Make sure you have the proper eye protection and gloves before using a potent degreasing agent.

Use Tinted Primer over White

If you’ve used a joint compound to fill in cracks or holes in the wall, the compound will absorb the moisture from your paint and dull the finish. This is why the pro use a prime coat before applying the final color coat. When you prime you’ll want to use a tinted gray primer rather than white, which will make your final color “pop” and require fewer coats.

Use Putty Knife to Apply Painter’s Tape

Most people have trouble getting the hang of applying blue painter’s tape along the edges of woodwork and other areas and the paint will bleed through onto unintended surfaces. To get a good seal with your painter’s tape, run your putty knife over the tape when it’s applied. This should stop the paint bleeding through.

Paint with a Loaded Brush

When loading a paintbrush, a lot of people will then dump most of the excess paint off the brush along the sides of the paint container before applying the paint to the wall. This does you no good and wastes a lot of time. Instead, dunk your brush about an inch and a half and tap the sides to let the big excess drops fall and start painting. This helps you get more paint on the wall quicker and eliminates the constant need to keep re-dunking your brush.

Paint One Wall at a Time

Most people have their own strategy for painting a room, but the best way to get a seamless look is by going one wall at a time rather than going corner to corner, etc. Start by brushing around the edges of one wall and then apply the roller immediately for the rest of that wall to let the brushed and rolled paint blend seamlessly.

By applying all these techniques to your next painting project, you’ll get better results and better-looking walls for years to come.

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