Are you about to start a DIY painting project at home?
If so, a little bit of planning goes an awful long way! At Facility Solutions, we have a talented team ready to help you paint your home, but if you want to do it yourself, here are five top tips from our team:
1. Start with a plan.
Before you begin any DIY painting project, make a list of all the materials you’ll need, When painting more than one room, be prepared. Head to B&Q in advance and pick up all of your paints, brushes, and other equipment.
Check out this helpful pre-painting checklist from the Family Handyman so you have everything you need before you get started.
2. Prime Your walls.
To begin, wipe down your walls with a sponge to remove any dust or debris that has accumulated. You may also wonder why you need to prime your walls before painting.
Primer serves as a sealant for a board, making it easier to add and stick paint to the first layer rather than the drywall itself.
Adding a primer will smooth out any repair materials and enable the paint to stick properly, particularly if your walls have never been painted or if it has been several years since the last application.
3. Follow a systematic routine.
Painting is done in a systematic manner by skilled painters, who start with the trim and work their way up to the ceilings and walls.
It will simplify, speed up, and clean up your work. Following the steps in unison becomes second nature when you create an order.
Using blue painter’s tape on the trim rather than trying to build a wider work zone around the walls is also simpler. You don’t need to be an expert because you’ll be priming and painting after the trim dries, so a little paint on the walls isn’t a big deal.
4. Don’t remove the painter’s tape until your paint is dry.
Applying the painter’s tape is critical, but removing it is equally so, since a minor mishap can result in a new paint application.
To make it look and sound like a professional work, make sure the paint is fully dried before attempting to remove it.
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for how long to keep your painting tape in place. As a general rule, once you’ve finished painting and the drying process is complete, you can remove it.
5. Use cotton canvas drop cloths.
When it comes to DIY home improvement projects, cost is always a problem, but skimping on materials is a novice mistake that can result in significant repair costs after you finish.
If you have the option of choosing between plastic and canvas drop cloths, go for the canvas because it will cover your house, carpets, hardwood floors, and furniture much better.
Remember that big paint spills will seep through the canvas, so don’t leave it on there for too long. The good news is that it can be used in any space you choose to colour.
As you can see, there’s a lot to think about before starting a DIY painting project at home. Hopefully these five tips will help you get things started.
If you would like us to help you paint your home, garden, or perhaps even commercial property, we’d be delighted to help you. Get in touch with us on social media, or call us on 0121 517 0177.