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The most common reason a homeowner paints their interior is to freshen up the appearance of a room. A new coat of paint can give add new life to a drab room. To achieve a great finish you should take a some time to prepare the walls properly. Often times homeowners will try to cut corners in order to save money and time but by doing this, it can make your job more difficult and you may not like the results that you end up with. Here are a few tips which can make your next painting project go more smoothly and help you to acheive that beatiful finish.
It is best to use a good brand of paint. You don't need to spend a lot of money on paint, but you should purchase a quality product. Check around with friends and neighbors and ask them what brand of paint they have used and have had success with in the past. There are many quality paints on the market today but just because one brand cost more than another does not always mean that its better.
Once you have decided on the brand of paint you are going to use, now you will need to decide on color selection. You probably already have an idea of what colors that you like so I would recommend that you buy paint samples to test out before you purchase several gallons of a paint color that you may end up being dissapointed with. Many paint stores make it easy to test interior paint colors before you buy a whole gallon. You can buy a few pints of paint testers and paint a small section on the wall to see how you will like it .This is the best way to see how the paint will look like on a wall.
After you decide on a paint color and have purchased your paint, it is time to prep the room before you began painting. First, you need to move all of your furniture to the middle of the room, away from the walls and cover it with paper or plastic dropcloths. Remove outlet covers and doorknobs, and patch all holes in the walls. If you do these things first, it will help to ensure a better outcome of any interior painting project.
Next, clean all areas to be painted. Clean walls and woodwork to get rid of dust and grease from all of the areas that you will be painting. Any grease that is not cleaned up will keep the paint from adhering to the surface properly. Dirt and dust that is not cleaned up properly will bind itself to your freshly painted surface. Clean with a mild detergent and allow the surface to completely dry before you begin to paint.
To begin painting you will need to cut in all corners before you use a paint roller to paint the larger areas.To do this, start at a corner and cut in the paint with a 2- or 3-inch trim brush. Use long strokes, smoothly blending each stroke into the next. Only cut in as much of your wall that you will be able to roll on while still maintaining a wet edge. After you have an area cut in you should now begin to roll. To do this, you will need to fill a paint tray with paint. Load up the roller by dipping it into the tray and then roll the paint roller up the tray's ramp until the roller is full but is not over saturated with paint. Now you can roll paint onto the wall, working the roller into the wet section of the wall that you have just cut in. It is best to roll in three foot square sections, then move from top to bottom and roll on more paint. Continue to roll the paint roller along the wet edges of your wall. If your walls need an additional coat, allow the paint to dry and repeat the same steps.
If you use these simple suggestions, it will help you to achieve a beautiful, freshly painted room..
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