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Atlanta Interior Painting 101

Paint class is in session and now it’s time to learn!

‘DIY’ interior painting seems to have more failure than success once the final product is complete. The feelings of anger and frustration quickly become evident when paint runs or the final paint coat is far from even. So, how can you get the perfect paint job and keep your sanity?

DIY Painting Tips | Painting Advice | J Stevens Painting

Just in case you’re a ‘Do It Yourself’ type of person, before you call an Atlanta interior painting service, here are a few simple tips to ensure your final product is excellent quality.

Cleaning Time

Before any paint cans are opened and any masking tape is applied, you must clean like you’ve never cleaned before. It’s an important step in the painting process because a dirty wall will show up once paint has been applied and is allowed to dry.

You’ll want to remove dust, dirt, and grease spots with a solution of water and dishwashing detergent.  Rinse ceiling and walls with clean water to remove any leftover soap residue.

Repair Damaged Surfaces

This is important so that you can obtain a smooth finish on your walls after you finish painting.

  • Scrape away old, flaking paint that is left over from the previous painting job.
  • Also, use a primer-sealer to cover high-gloss enamel paints before painting. This will cut down on layers of paint used when trying to cover up brighter colors.
  • Fix any dents, chips or cracks in the walls before you start painting. Patch small imperfections with spackling or drywall compound.
  • Allow compound to dry, then sand smooth. Use a damp sponge to wash dust off the walls before painting.

Prepare Your Rooms

Now is the time to make sure your room is ready for an intense painting session. Once the paint has dried, it’s difficult to remove it from certain surfaces, so make sure you remove what isn’t needed in your room.

  • Remove all electrical switches and outlet covers, wall sconces, picture hangers and other wall fixtures.
  • Use painter’s tape to mask around windows and woodwork such as baseboard, ceiling moldings and door frames.
  • Paint only on dry surfaces. If the weather is damp, close all windows and run an air conditioner before painting.
  • While you work, open windows or run fans to provide a fresh supply of air, which will help paint dry quicker and keep you from breathing in strong paint odors.

Prepare Your Paint

The worst feeling is stepping back to look at your finished painting project and notice there are multiple shades of the same color throughout your room. This happens when using several cans of the same paint color.

Many times the color is mixed slightly different giving the color a different shade. In order to prevent this, take all cans of paint and mix them together in a larger bucket. This prevents any one shade from sticking out.

Painting Your Room

You’ll want to make sure all preps are done before painting. There are different types of brushes you can use when painting a room. Typically, for larger rooms it is advised to use a paint roller and for smaller areas to use a proportionately sized paint brush.

Using a Paint Brush – Once complete, load your paintbrush by dipping the bristles one-third of the way into the paint. Lightly pull the brush back against the inner edge of the paint can or bucket. This will help you shed any excess paint from dripping on the floor or wall.

When you begin painting, try to make long, smooth brush strokes to avoid streaks and brush marks. Chances are you will do multiple coats of paint in order to cover up previous paint color, or to have a richer finish on your walls.

Using a Paint Roller — Typically, you will use a 12-inch roller with a nap length that matches the type of paint and finish you want. Try not to overload your roller with paint. This will prevent any dripping from getting on anything other than your walls.

Apply paint first in an overlapping vertical “W” pattern, and then re-roll this area horizontally, working in the space about three to four feet. You’ll repeat this process and begin your next application in the next section of wall, rolling back into the previous area of wet paint as you work.

Painting The Trim

Once the walls are dry and you’ve applied even layers of paint, remove the painter’s tape you applied to the trim before painting began. Make sure you peel off slowly as to not pull up any paint.

After the tape is removed, begin painting the trim closest to the ceiling and move around the room. You’ll do this for trim around doors and windows as well. For this step, you’ll want to use a smaller paintbrush to reduce the chance of getting fresh paint on your dried wall paint.

The Final Project

Once all paint is dry, remove work materials and begin to polish. Go through the entire room with a damp cloth, cleaning any paint that might have splattered while you were painting. Making sure all paint splatters are cleaned will ensure a professional looking paint job for your friends and family to notice.

If you have questions or are interested in enlisting the help of our painting professionals at J. Stevens Painting, give us a call at (770) 365-6889 now!

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