Our customers often ask us – what’s the one key tip for successful interior painting?
To which we always provide the same response – there isn’t one!
When you think about it, interior painting isn’t exactly rocket science. All you need to do is transfer the paint in the container to the walls, ceilings and any other surfaces that need sprucing up. Contrary to popular belief, interior painting doesn’t have to be the ultimate test of your DIY skills.
That said, there’s a tendency for homeowners across the country to make things far more difficult than they need to be. Rather than approaching the project strategically, they dive in with no game-plan. And in doing so, come out with results they’re anything but proud of.
To avoid these kinds of eventualities, we advise approaching every interior paint job with the following 10 tips in mind. Tips that often make the difference between a pro paint job and amateur-hour:
- Take the time to invest in absolutely everything you need ahead of time. The last thing you want is to find yourself reaching for an essential tool or accessory that you forgot to buy. Draw up a checklist and make sure it’s complete as far in advance as possible.
- While cutting costs is always tempting, working with low quality paint is nothing but a nightmare. You’ll be looking at a final result that doesn’t reflect the time and effort you put into the job. All the hard work in the world can’t compensate for low-grade paint.
- Always make sure you have a bunch of brushes on hand to deal with those awkward corners and crannies around the home. Try to get out of the habit of assuming there’s a one-size-fits-all brush for all purposes…there isn’t!
- If using a brand-new roller for the first time, give it a good wash in clean water and allow it to dry first. The reason being that it will probably be coated in a fair amount of fluff, which only stands to mess things up.
- Another helpful tip when using a roller, start painting each wall in a big ‘W’ motion, before going on to fill it in with an ‘M’ motion. This usually ensures that the resulting coverage is even.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of preparation. In most instances, the actual painting part of the process should take you considerably less time than the prep. Cleaning your walls and ceilings, taking care of repairs, giving things time to dry, applying primer and so on – all need taking care of before you even think about painting.
- The better you protect yourself, your furniture and your possessions in general, the less meticulous you have to be when painting your interiors. By contrast, the less time and effort you focus on protecting your surroundings, the longer and more difficult for the job becomes.
- If you plan on leaving your brushes or rollers unused for a while, pop them in a bucket and cover it with a damp cloth. This will ensure they remain moist and can be used again when needed.
- Speaking of damp cloths, make sure you have one with you at all times. If you end up with paint in places it shouldn’t be, it’s usually easier to wipe it away with a damp cloth before it dries.
- Last but not least, unless you absolutely have to, we always recommend against going it alone. Not only is painting with at least one other person far more enjoyable, it gets the job done quicker. Even if it’s simply to have someone nearby to hand you things while you’re up a ladder, you’ll be glad you brought them along!
Get it right and interior painting can be a simple and enjoyable process. That said, you need to be realistic when it comes to your capabilities, budget and commitment to the cause. Rushing the job, using low-grade tools, making things up as you go along – all guaranteed formulas for disappointing results.
If interested in a pro paint job at an affordable price, we can help. Homm CPS is proud to offer a complete range of interior painting services to suit all preferences and pockets. Contact a member of our dedicated customer support team today for an obligation-free consultation.