How To Avoid An Uneven Paint Job
Many homeowners choose to paint their home’s interior on their own in order to save money. However, approaching this task without making the effort to learn the tips and tricks that are used by more experienced painters can lead to an unattractive paint job. Following these tips can help you avoid the common mistakes which lead to an uneven paint job.
Choosing the Right Paint
First and foremost, you need to choose the right paint for your specific situation. Most paints are formulated with specific surfaces in mind, and using the wrong one can lead to unsightly results.
For interior drywall and plaster walls that have previously been painted, you can choose just about any alkyd or latex paint. These will lead to a nice, even finish on almost any interior surface.
For exterior walls, you can choose between latex and oil-based paints for trim and walls, or other options if your exterior walls are made of a more uncommon material such as metal.
Choosing Your Brushes
Similar to paint, brushes and rollers are also made for different circumstances. For latex and alkyd paints, synthetic rollers are your best bet. Meanwhile, lambswool rollers are better suited for working with oil-based paints.
Additionally, you should consider the depth of your roller’s nap. Smooth surfaces should be painted with rollers that have a 3/16 to ¼-inch nap while rollers with a ⅜ to ½-inch nap are perfect for interior walls.
Preparing Your Surface
To ensure an even paint job, you must prepare your surface effectively. This includes cleaning and removing any substances from your wall that might prevent your paint from adhering properly or cause your paint to discolor. You should apply a primer to your wall before painting and should use painter’s tape to cover outlets and light switches. Lastly, you should be sure to use spackling to cover any holes or cracks that are present on your walls.
For more information on properly painting your home, feel free to contact us at Noel Painting with any questions or concerns