A Smart Guide to Paint Work of Your Home

With the passing of time painting – both exterior and interior of the home are affected by rain, heat, pollution and weather condition that changes over time. The exterior paint fades because of the heat. It loses color and glossy texture and become dull. Thus, the exterior paint of the building requires period check regularly. Based on the examination report, the wall may needs to be repainted or retouched that are more cost-efficient.

Accomplishing the painting of your walls, you should follow some steps to get the work done really effective.

Choosing Color Scheme

Color SchemeChoosing the color you want to paint with is very important- you have to do it first. If you have a pre-selected color palette, then it’s fine. But if not, you need not to worry too. In this age of technology, you can take the advantage of digital imaging. Digital imaging for choosing paint color of your wall can be involved the followings:

  • Taking picture of the house.
  • Go with digital imaging program in the computer using color filters.
  • Best fit color can be chosen.
  • Commercial software is preferred to use for the purpose rather than freeware.

You can engage a contractor or get help from a friend. Accessing online, you can also get good solution.

Getting a Professional Contractor

Hiring a professional and efficient contractor for painting your wall is crucial. If the painting is done by unskilled workers, suffering with work will go along with you. Therefore, you need to select a really good contractor. You can collect at least three quotations of the contractors of good track records, analyze their offers in terms price, workmanship and reference work and choose a contractor that better fits with your budget and nature of work. You need to mention the followings in your deal with the contractor:

  • Area of the wall to be painted.
  • Priming detail and type of primer to be used.
  • Brand of paint.
  • Number of coats to be applied.

Preparing for the Work

Preparation for before any work is important; prep work for painting is of tremendous value. This is the foundation of total paint work. If you can do the prep work for paint work efficiently, then you are half done actually and your house will get a value addition by painting this way. If the prep work is done incorrectly, then you will be in many troubles, that include-

  • Crack on paint
  • Peel off
  • Chip

In preparing the wall be painted, you need to do:

  • Taking down all pictures, curtain rods, nails etc.
  • Removing all sockets or covering them with good covers.
  • Removing all exterior lights and outlet covers.
  • Cover the drop clothes or furniture.
  • Cleaning the wall thoroughly. You must bear in mind that paint won’t last on the dirty wall.
  • Remove cobweb and paint buggers.
  • Greasy spot, dust and grime can be destructive to the paint work.
  • Water and detergent with rag and sponge can be used for the purpose.
  • Sand papers maybe used; it’s helpful.
  • Rinsing water will have better effect.

Applying Prime Coat

It’s better to get your have a prime coat as the primer is designed to adhere to other surfaces and will receive top coat of the paint. In the case where you are changing the color dramatically, this primer is specifically put values. At time of applying primer, you need to consider:

  • Painting in three feet by three feet section.
  • At a time, roll in one section only.
  • Roll from top to bottom and from one side to the other.
  • Overlap the area of wet primer.

Brush should used at the areas where the rollers can reach, such as corners.

Sand Cleaning of the Wall

Prime CoatAfter the prime is put and dried completely, the wall is to be prepared for paint through cleaning by sandpapers. Sandpapers are very helpful to getting uneven surface to smooth one.

After completion of sand work, the wall needs to be cleaned with dump towels or sponges and later let the wall to dry nicely.

Main Paint of the Wall

Now painting of the wall should be conducted carefully with great skills. Before starting the paint, you must ensure that paint is mixed with right ones in correct proportion. Points to follow in this regard:

  • Choose right type of brush.
  • While applying paint at the trim border areas, use straight edge brush.
  • Use angled brush when paint the thinner area.
  • Paint in 3 feet x 3 feet section.
  • At a time, roll in one section only.
  • Roll from top to bottom and from one side to the other.
  • Avoid painting straight up and down as it hardens the blend of paint.

Finish up the Work

After completing painting, all external items and equipment should be taken away, such as painter’s tap. Remaining paint cane should be tightly sealed for further uses.

Smart Tips for Better Maintenance of Painted Area.

  • Moisture is injurious to your paint of home. It attracts mold. So ventilation is vital to avoid the painted area from being damp.
  • Dehumidifier can be used to maintain proper moisture for the painted wall.
  • Always keep your wall clean, dust free and ensure that there is no cobweb.
  • Touch up the crack of the paint as it is seen over time. Before touch up, the surface needs to be sanded for making it even and ready,
  • In some cases, it may require to peel off the paint and redo with new.
  • Left over paint should be kept stored with a view to matching the color in future requirement.
  • Paint name and code should be kept in record.
  • Use appropriate tools for maintenance work.
  • Check the painted wall periodically for any kind of deformation or damages that needs urgent action.

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