You may have entertained the idea of repainting all or part of the house over the recent year and determined that now is the right time while all lockdown restrictions are finally easing out. If that’s the case, you’re not alone: paint businesses continue to deliver, and sales remain robust.
Is now, however, the right time to start such a project? And, even if you’ve never done house repainting before, will you be able to identify the right team to do so? With the help of specialists, interior and exterior painting guidelines have been created to help you determine the best course of action.
Know This Before If you are Planning to Paint Your House by Yourself
Painting your property can save you some money because labor cost accounts for most painting expenditures. The bad news is that painters are pricey for a reason. Painting is a tedious and meticulous job.
Experts say that the most typical error first-timers make is expecting too much and that the best advice is to start small if at all you want to go ahead with painting your house by yourself. Painting an entire space will take a significant amount of time, and painting can be stressful for inexperienced DIY painters.
It is best to outsource your painting work to an experienced professional painting contractor who will take the time to listen to your needs and assess the amount of work and time required for the specific paint job. They will deliver a finished product that will please your eyes and the eyes of everyone who passes by your home.
Fresh out of lockdown may appear to be a breeding ground for bad house remodeling or repainting decisions. But professional painters feel there has never been a better moment to choose colors. Many paint contractors provide sample pots for purchase. Paint a large piece of cardboard (A5 or larger) or a strip of old wallpaper instead of painting the whole wall.
Then, as you walk around the room, place this sample against the wall and examine it in various lights. You’ll probably feel silly doing it, but it’s the quickest method to see how the paint will turn out. Discuss with your contractor, and they will provide you with their expert advice.
Tools and Materials
For interior and exterior painting, you’ll need a scraper, masking tape, various grades of sandpaper, filler, plenty of dust sheets, multiple high-quality brushes, and a tray and roller at the least. A medium pile roller, rather than a foam roller, is recommended by experts. The amount of paint required varies based on the type, but 1.3 gallons of emulsion will cover around 550 square feet.
Cheap paint is likely to be a waste of money because it won’t go as far. Titanium dioxide, the primary white pigment, is one of the most expensive chemicals in paint. To make paint cheaper, some brands usually use less Titanium dioxide; this leads to lesser coverage of the surface. Consult a professional to avoid all these hassles of research and time expenditure with questionable returns. They have all the necessary tools and industry knowledge of all painting materials.
The importance of preparation cannot be overstated. Professional painters spend significantly more time preparing a room than painting it. All furniture should be pushed into the center of the room and covered with dust blankets. Remove any flaky old paint using a scraper. Fill up crevices and nail holes, then sand the surface smooth.
To make an adhesive surface for the new color, sand the surface. Do not forget to cover the carpet’s border. The next stage would be to apply primer to the walls. At this stage, pay little attention to how it appears; the primer is there to stabilize the painting surface for the actual paint job, which follows this stage.
Wrapping Up the Job
After your contractor finishes the interior and exterior painting, keep a list of all the colors and finishes you used if you need to repaint any parts later. Retain excess color in a cool, dry, frost-free location for when you need it for touch-ups or other minor jobs.
Home repainting may seem like a daunting endeavor after referring to the above guidelines. In reality, it is a massive and tedious job that can go sideways if you are not akin to paint jobs. It is best to hire an experienced painter for this task. The extra money you would spend would be well worth it.