Paint like a Pro
By: Tanya Torres
When it comes to painting a room or the entire house, everyone thinks that it is an easy job. If you have not dealt with painting before, you might not even know that there is a correct way to paint. Painting the walls of your home does not mean that you can grab a brush and a paint can and just begin painting right then and there. If you do end up painting the wrong way then you will already be wasting your time,money and it will end with you having to repaint your walls to cover up your mistakes every so often. No one likes spending money which is why we recommend these simple steps to help you paint like a professional and save you money too.
Stop and Clean
If you have ever tried to stick something on your wall and it does not stick to it then you might have skipped cleaning it and when it comes to painting or putting anything on your wall, you will need to paint before you do anything. When you decide you want to paint, your first step is to prep the area you will be painting in. If you are painting in a bedroom or living room then all you have to do is grab a sponge with warm water and begin scrubbing the area to remove anything from the walls.
However, if you are going to be painting in the kitchen then you will have to use a stronger solution than that because of all the oil and grime that is left from all the food we make. Instead of just using warm water, you will be using some kind of grease-cutting detergent like dawn and warm water to scrub away all that grime. Afterwards, you will follow up with a sponge and warm water to remove any leftover residual from the solution that you used. Lastly, wipe the walls with a damp cloth and allow it to thoroughly dry.
If you notice that there is mildew lurking on your walls then you will have to stop what you are doing and immediately address the problem. If you think you can ignore the mildew problem and paint over it and all will be fixed then you are going to be sorry when it comes back with a vengeance. For example, if you paint over the mildew it will lead to it becoming more difficult to remove and clean up and maintenance will be even worse to deal with.
Instead of ignoring your mildew problem, face it head on by removing it during the preparation stage. For example, you can easily remove mildew with a sponge and a solution with three to four parts water and one part bleach. After you create the solution, you will apply the solution to the walls and let it sit for a few minutes and then begin scrubbing the affected areas with a brush. After you scrub the areas then you will rinse the area and with clean water, not the water that has the mildew in it. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles during this stage if you are dealing with mildew and the solution. Once you clean it off then allow it to dry.
If you have a lot of rough spots or flaking paint or cracking on your wall then you will have to sand them down before you paint them. If you ignore these rough spots and paint over them then the paint will not go on smoothly which is why we recommend sanding down the area before you begin painting. You can either use a sandblock or sandpaper to sand the rough spots away. However, be sure to wear goggles and a mask to prevent the sandpaper from entering your eyes, mouth and nostril. For the cracking or flaking paint on the walls you can still sand the area or you can scrape it down before you paint over it again. After you sand down the areas, you will have to wipe away the dust with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.
If your old paint has high-gloss paint or gloss in it then it will be necessary to sand the walls to remove the paint. If you used water-based paint then you will need to buy sandpaper with a fine-grit to remove it and if it had oil-based paint then a medium-grit sandpaper will remove it. After removing the paint, you will have to wipe it off with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.
Primer Before Paint
Do not forget to use primer before you use paint because it will cover up any surface stains or porous walls and any other imperfections hiding on our walls. Once you use primer, you will see that it allows the surface to be smoother and it makes the paint added to it look amazing because it gives it a great finish.