HOW TO PROPERLY PAINT: 12 TIPS FOR PAINTING
Ready to try a new shade or fresh coat of paint? One of the most simplest methods for upgrading or updating a home or simply a room includes a fresh coat of paint as a minor uplift that creates a grand statement. Collecting the proper tips and planning accordingly can make all the difference in the outcome of your overall project and productivity. Making the most of the experience and planning ahead of time will not only save you in the finance department but also save you lots of stress as well. Here at ProSource, we are here only to help! We’ve collected the top 12 tips to help you achieve the maximum potential on your upcoming paint project. After using your paint primer, be sure to checklist these tips for the best indoor painting experience. Enjoy!
- A gallon will cover roughly 400 sq ft. – using the classic length x height equation to attain the overall square footage of the wall should serve you justice just fine. To avoid wasting any paint, be sure to be completely prepped before getting started.
- Always work from the top down. First complete the ceiling then begin to paint from the top of the wall downward.
- Be sure to box! If you’re planning on painting with more than five gallons, mix the paint together in a five gallon bucket to ensure color consistency. Paint applied at different times with different color variations do show in the results of your final project.
- Brush the surface edges, then use a roller – to avoid splatter, try to guide the roller as slowly as you can starting from the top.
- To paint edges, only dip the brush about a third into the paint and tap to release excess paint. Always tap, never scrape.
- Remember to cover the floors with a cloth tarp or plastic to avoid any damage to your floor and also to relieve a bit of anxiety while you paint knowing that the floor is covered. We recommend using our shoe and boot covers to save your shoes as well.
- Dappen your roller with a wet rag before painting, this will allow for a smooth and consistent application for a finished look.
- Use the paint brush/roller in zigzag patterns for best results and coverage. DO NOT paint in various unmeasured directions.
- Need a to take a break? Cover your paint bucket and wrap your brush in saran wrap. Place the brush in the fridge for safe overnight storage.
- To remove build up, specks or runs – lightly paint over the completed sections after the final coat for serene finish.
- Use accent colors (bold or subtle) to pull together a room. The pop color will be the most complimented thing in your home.
- Stay on trend by making one wall a focal point, painting it a contemporary and vibrant/darker shade of the main color chosen.
- Narrow samples down to 3 or 4 hues (base colors). View them in the same light type as your home and next to white paper. 14. Save money by collecting small samples of colors you THINK you may like and paint a square foot of your desired wall for each color scheme. After a week or so of looking at the different swatches, it will become much easier to narrow down choices.
- Worried a color is too dark? Try one shade lighter as paint usually comes out a tad darker than anticipated in most cases.
- Don’t forget to use a mask! Although most indoor paints are non-toxic, using a mask is important to avoid any impurities entering your system. Try our Mask with the N95 filter, non-woven material, with breathing valve in the middle