Home Painting Tips

Painting your home is one of the least expensive ways to increase your home's value. Below are several tips to repainting your home.

  • Do It Yourself
    In many cases it may be less expensive to paint your home yourself. Painting is one of those jobs that requires only a moderate level of skill and a few basic tools. Some things you should consider are time, cost, fitness, and the evaluated difficulty of the job.

    1. Time: Painting your home takes time. Evaluate the amount of rooms, walls, and total area that will need to painted. If you have a time crunch or just don't feel that you want to spend the time to do it yourself look into hiring someone to do it for you. In most cases, with careful application it does not take long to paint one or two rooms. A full repaint would take quite a bit more.
    2. Cost: It costs money to paint your home. Evaluate how much area you need to paint and purchase a good quality paint. A quality paint will last longer, be more durable, and should last 10 years or more. Keep in mind, unless you have the tools already, you may need to purchase brushes, rollers, roller ramps, masking tape and painting plastic.
    3. Fitness: Painting can be physically difficult for some. It can be exhausting holding an outstreched arm and painting for several hours. There are some extensions to rollers, and brushes that can alleviate some of this physical stress, but the job will sill be physically tiring. Consider if you believe you are physically able to do the job.
    4. Evaluated Difficulty: If painting the exterior of your home for example, it may require scaffolding and/or ladders. This may be too difficult a task for most and also relatively dangers. In cases where the job just seems like it would be too overwhelming, consider hiring and outside party to do it.

  • Buying Quality Paint
    Purchasing cheap paint will look like what it costs. Not only will the color not be quality, but it will have no durability. This is especially true when thinking about an exterior application where the paint will be in constant contact with the elements. Choosing a quality paint is critical and a good job hinges on this point. The effort and expense to paint the home would be undone if you buy a non-quality paint. Not only will quality paint survive the years durably and is easier to maintain, but it will also apply quickly and easily in the process. Don't shortchange yourself, get the good stuff.

  • Repair and Prepare
    While buying good, quality paint is paramount, if the surfaces where you plan to apply the paint to is dirty and not prepared you won't be guaranteed a lasting paint job. If painting the interior, remove cobwebs, and wipe down walls to remove dust and other sediments from the walls that would hinder the paint from drying and applying properly. The similiar sentiment applies to exterior paint. Merely painting over old exterior painting can make the job appear lazily done, which is a turn off for home buyers. Remove flaking, wrinkles, or cracked paint from wood by sanding or scraping. In some cases, this process can be more tiring and time consuming than the actual application of paint. However, this is the least expensive part of the process and all you need is time and effort.

  • Mask Off
    Avoid getting paint in areas that you don't intend to to get paint on, i.e. carpets, windowsills, gutters, trim, and others. If you don't intend to paint it, mask it off. It is very helpful to purchase painting plastic to cover rooms and carpets if painting a ceiling of a room as this can get very messy. Be sure to remove masking tape as it can form a stubborn bond to the paint and lift off the paint you just put down.

  • Paint From The Top Down
    Painting from the top down helps to alleviate odd looking streaks that are very difficult to fix once the paint is dry. Keep strokes even and make sure to keep the painting motion consistent.

  • Clean Up
    Use soap and water for latex paints or paint thinner for alkyd paints to thouroughly clean your brushes and gear right after painting. If you wait to long after you're done painting, your brushes and rollers have the potential to have paint dry in them. This can ruin the brush or roller. If you have excess paint or paint thinner do not poor them down the drain or onto the ground. This causes ground water pollution. Keep the excess in an old sealed paint can and dispose of properly at a toxic waste facility.

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