How to Paint a Wall – 10 Painting Tips

Do you plan on renovating your house, or just changing the look of your room? Here are ten painting tips from professionals that can make your paint job look perfect!

1. Preparation Is the Key

Before you start painting, the wall has to be fully prepared. If it’s cracked, flaked or peeled, make sure those areas are scraped or gently sanded before applying a new layer of primer and paint. Of course, the wall has to be rinsed once it’s sanded. If you skip this step, the new coat’s weight will be too much for the damaged wall, and everything will end up ruined. Without preparing the wall first, you’ll only be wasting time and money, as the paint will wear out rather fast. 

If you have any greasy spots, wash them as well. Use warm soap for this; make sure you rinse it thoroughly afterward. Even if your wall is looking good, it’s still recommended to wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any dust. This alone will make a significant difference in the end result.

2. Wait until the Weather Is Dry

There is more than one reason why paint jobs are usually done in summer. Waiting for dry weather is one of the first painting tips any professional would give you. Humidity will make the paint dry slower, causing dripping and leaking. If you can’t wait for dry weather, be slow with the process. Make sure the layers are thin and correct everything while the paint is still dry. Just don’t go overboard, or this will be visible once the paint is dry. Make sure the first layer is thoroughly dry before making a new one.

3. Use High-Quality Material

 It goes without saying that high-quality material can make a huge change. Especially if you are painting a room that will be visible to your guests. Using a high-quality brush and rollers and excellent paint, can make the process quicker and more professional-looking. Usually, the material isn’t everything, but when it comes to painting, having a new, quality roller will make everything look smooth and drip-free.

4. Protect Your Furniture and Floors

This is one of those more obvious painting tips that we still have to emphasize on. Cover anything you don’t want to be painted, including furniture, floors, and hardware. Do this with drop cloths or a nylon cover. Small plastic bags used for sandwiches are great for covering little things, such as doorknobs. Cleaning paint from the most surfaces isn’t harmful, but you’d always want to prevent any unnecessary damage.

5. Use Tinted Primer

Primer would make a significant difference in the finished look of a painted wall, especially if it had damage beforehand. Any scraped or sanded parts will look dull compared to the rest of the wall. Using a primer isn’t any new painting tip, and most handy people already know about it. However, instead of using a white primer, try finding a tinted one. It will cover the wall better, and in the end, your color will be more vibrant, and you may achieve it with just a few coats. If you’re painting your wall in some vibrant color, such as orange, green, or red, this may help you a lot.

6. Use Paint Extender

No one wants those annoying brush marks. To ensure your painting project is flawless, mix a paint extender or a paint conditioner into the paint. This will slow down the drying process, which will give you more time to repair any mistakes. At the same time, it will level out the paint so there won’t be any apparent brushstrokes. Paint extender shouldn’t be missed if you’re painting woodwork or drywall. Make sure to read the instructions to learn the exact amount of extender you’ll need!

7. Remove Outlet Covers and Light Switch

This tip isn’t mandatory, but it can make a difference in the outcome, as well as make the process easier. By removing outlet covers, the paint job will look more precise. Also, you won’t have any problems if you ever decide to change the outlet cover but choose not to as the old paint will become noticeable.

8. Box the Paint

If you want to paint your wall in some unique color, you may realize you have trouble creating a consistent tone. This is especially true if you end up spending one box of the mixture, and then you have to mix a new one. A chance of you managing to make the same shade if minimal, and even most professionals would have problems with that. Not just that, but also the same color of paint can vary if you use more than one can. 

To avoid this, you should ‘box your paint.’ In other words, buy as many cans of paint you think you’ll need and mix it in a five-gallon bucket. This way, you’ll get one, consistent color that will look the same on all walls. You can paint directly out of the bucket, or later return it to a few smaller ones as this is easier to carry. If you’d like, you can pour paint inside a roller tray, as well.  

9. Always Have an Extra Bucket of Paint

Typically, there is a small chance that you’ll finish your entire painting process at once. The following morning, you’ll be left with a settled paint that is hard to work with once again. Settled color can’t be made fresh again just using a stir stick, but instead, you’d have to pour the paint once again. This should be done until the solids at the bottom are thoroughly mixed. Only by doing this, you’ll ensure your paint is good to be used. This is why it’s always a good idea to have an extra bucket of paint. And in the end, it’s better to be left with an unopened can, than to realize that you’re left with no more paint in the middle of your project.

10. Paint from Top to the Bottom

You should always paint from top to bottom if you want everything to look flawless. If you do it the opposite way, you’ll probably be left with drips and splatters. However, painting everything with the roller from top to bottom will ensure you are covering your mistakes as you go. Otherwise, you may end up going over the already dried paint, which will leave you with color streaks.

Bottom Line

By using these painting tips, you will end up doing a great job renovating your home. You don’t need a professional to make your house look completely new. Just follow these hints, have some patience, and believe in yourself. You can paint like a pro!

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