You do not need to be a professional painter to complete an interior painting project. However, while some ambitious people will also do exterior painting on their own, most homeowners choose to hire professional painters for their house painting needs. Whatever the case may be, here are a few tips for doing residential painting successfully.
For interior painting, prepare the room by emptying it of furniture, covering the floor with a drop cloth taped to the floor boards, removing outlet plates, and taping off anywhere that paint should not get to. It is also wise to wear painter’s clothes because it can get messy. Be sure there is proper ventilation and plan on applying three coats of paint: primer, and two coats of finish. Paint corners, where the ceiling meets the wall and anywhere else a roller will not fit. Then break out the roller pan and roller. Fill the pan only with a small amount of paint to prevent it from drying before you use it. Get started quickly so the brushed-on paint does not have time to
dry before it meets the rolled-on paint. This way, it will blend well. Keep rags and brushes handy to deal with drips as they happen during your residential painting.
Since everyone will see the exterior painting on your house, you should leave it to the professionals unless you have experience in this area. All surfaces should be washed before the Warehouse repaints and offices begins. High-pressure water sprayers are effective. Remove cracked and chipping paint with sandpaper or a paint scraper and patch nail holes or cracks in the siding. Caulk seams and corners, use epoxy to repair serious problems, and sand rough or glossy surfaces. Remove light fixtures and screens and place drop cloths on anything where paint is difficult to remove. Then, exterior painting is much like interior painting, with one primer coat and two exterior paint coats. Use a painters brush on all wood surfaces and a roller on everything else.
House painting sounds simple, but because of the height and need for ladders and platforms, professionals are best left to handle exterior painting. The process of residential painting is not the most fun activity to perform, but if you make it enjoyable by doing it with a friend and good music, interior painting, as well as that of the exterior of your home, can be a more pleasant experience. If done properly, the end result is well worth the work.