It’s not surprising that interior painting is one of the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement projects. By painting, you can transform the appearance of an entire room in just a week-end, or even a day, with minimal effort and little expense. If interior painting is on your to-do list, here are four keys that will produce the very best results:
Key #1: Prepare the surface properly. Good paint performance depends largely on good paint adhesion, and paint adheres best to surfaces that are clean and sound.
Start by removing dust, dirt, and grime from all surfaces, using a detergent and water solution. Wipe down the surface, and allow it to dry.
Next, if you have any small holes or cracks in the walls, apply filling compound. After the filler is completely dry, lightly sand the repaired areas so they are flush with the wall surface. If the repaired areas are sizeable, prime them with a coat of quality interior latex primer; also prime any surface that hasn’t been painted before.
If you have water stains or other types of discoloration on your walls, apply a stain-blocking primer to those areas to prevent the stains from coming through the new paint. Stain-blocking primers are available in latex, oil-based, and alcohol-based formulas. If you have stubborn stains, consider using an oil-based primer.
Key #2: Use the right tools and brushes. You should always use quality brushes and rollers when doing any paint job. They will apply the paint more smoothly and evenly to provide a better looking finished appearance.
When purchasing brushes, look for those that feel well-balanced, with tightly packed bristles. Test them for flexibility by fanning them out – when you release the bristles, they should spring back to their original shape. Also, tug lightly on the bristles – if more than a couple come out, buy a different brush.
As for rollers, choose the sturdiest you can find. They’ll apply the paint more evenly than economy rollers, and in a heavier, more protective coat.
When applying popular latex coatings, use only brushes and rollers with synthetic bristles and roller covers. These are typically made of polyester or nylon. Alkyd or oil-based paints can be applied with brushes and rollers made with either synthetic or natural material.
Key #3: Choose the right gloss level. Selecting the right gloss level for an interior paint job involves both aesthetic and practical considerations. First, decide how glossy you’d like the wall to look. Then balance that against the paint performance you need: Glossier coatings make it easier to remove dirt and stains from the painted surface; flat paints help hide imperfections in walls and other surfaces.
Key #4: Use top quality paint. Compared to ordinary interior paints, top quality paints are much easier to work with and offer superior long-term performance. In Auckland for all the residential works we use Dulux and Resene brands.
In terms of application benefits, top quality paints resist spattering and tend not to show brush or roller marks. And since they hide better than ordinary paints, you often need to apply fewer coats to cover even dark colors, which can save time, work, and money.
Top quality interior paints also are tougher and more durable than ordinary paints. They adhere better, resist fading, have better stain resistance, and are easier to clean if they should get soiled or stained. By using a top quality interior paint – and following the other keys to a quality paint job – the room you paint will continue to look great for years to come.