Wall painting is one of the jobs that look easy on the surface until you actually start painting. But then, the cost of hiring a professional painter is on the high.
According to statistics, Painters in Edmonton charge as low as $2.50 per square foot for interior painting while exterior painting can go as low as $2500.
Paying a professional painter for such a large task is worth it since they already acquired all the necessary equipment they need for the job aside from buying the paints.
But if you don’t want to hire a painter and decide to do it yourself, here is a very helpful guide.
What Are The Best Paint Brands To Choose From?
When you want to paint a wall, some important decisions need to be made which will aid a smooth finish.
Although, choosing the perfect paint color and deciding to do the job yourself or hire a professional painter are both important, one important factor you can’t ignore is choosing the best paint brand for the project.
Here are two of the best paint brands:
1) Benjamin Moore:
Benjamin Moore is a great paint brand all around. Founded in 1883, they have been producing nice, thick paints that go on easily, providing impressive coverage that won’t wear off easily.
It is highly durable and easily cleaned. The Benjamin Moore Aura is a waterborne interior paint that has incredible hide qualities and fade and rub-off resistance.
It is easy to apply, has a low odor, self-priming, zero VOC.
Berh is popular for being budget-friendly, as they produce quality paints at a comfortable price. You can get a gallon of Behr paints for less than $30 at the home depot.
They also offer painting services. But if you decide to do the painting yourself, you can easily pick up painting equipment such as rollers, brushes, and tarps from them.
Step by Step Guide To Painting Your Wall
Deciding to paint the walls of your room is one of the easiest projects that you can undertake yourself.
Before picking up a brush to paint your home, here are 7 tips on how to paint a wall like a professional.
Remove or use tape to cover all light switch and outlet surface. It ensures that paint remnants do not enter into the switch hole which may be hazardous when switched on.
Make use of drop cloths to protect the floor of the room. Use tape to protect the window frames and moldings.
Always be certain to apply firm pressure to ensure that the drop of paints will not litter the surface of the floor.
Prepare the walls for paint. It can be done by filling all holes and cracks using a sparkling paste and palette knife.
When you notice the paste has dried up, use sandpaper to smooth the surface and dust off all paint remnants and bumps on the wall.
Prepare your paint tray and paint. To save yourself the stress of scrubbing off the excess paint, Make use of paint tray with plastic tray liners, a piece of tin foil or a plastic bag which will make the tray easier to clean after use.
Cut in ceilings and wall corners. Before you begin to use the paint roller on the wall, use a paintbrush to paint around the ceiling, wall, windows, and baseboards, to cover those areas that cant easily be painted with a roller.
Make use of an angled brush to reach all those narrow areas.
Extend your reach and paint the wall with overlapping ‘W’ sequence. Buy a roller that has an extended handle which will allow you to reach up to the ceiling without climbing a scaffold or ladder.
Also, painting with the overlapping ‘W’ method will ensure you avoid the clear mark of the roller.
Finish up and clean up. Wash the brush and scrape the excess paint out of the roller cover with the curved side of a five-in-one tool.
Dispose of the paint back into the paint can. Wash the cover with warm water, and scrape with the tool until the water runs clear.
Reseal any partially used paint or transfer the leftover paint into an airtight container to preserve it.
How To Achieve A Smooth Finish After Painting
After successfully laying the paint on your wall, use a compound veneer to smooth the wall.
Be sure that this new compound is not one that dries up quickly. Use a 10- or 12-inch squeegee type trowel to smooth the wet compound.
Begin at the bottom of the wall and move the trowel upward about a quarter of the way.
Apply even firm pressure to smooth out the compound. Repeat this process for all the lower quarter of the wall.
Immediately move to smooth out the center third of the wall, moving the compound from the top downward.
Do the uppermost quarter of the wall last, pulling the compound completely over the upper quarter and the center quarter. Repeat this process until you get a smooth finish on your painted walls.
How To Preserve Unused Paint After Use
It is a rare occasion to buy exactly the amount of paint needed without leftover. Leftover paint shouldn’t be disposed of, you should rather store them properly.
Here are three steps to properly preserve your leftover paint.
- Keep the materials clean and organized after use
- Seal up the paint container as tight as possible.
- Avoid storing your leftover paint in extreme conditions and temperature.
Importance Of Having A Great Paint On Your Home
Painting the wall of your home is a very important project you should give thought to. There are several benefits to why your home should be painted.
- A good paint job is going to beautify and add personality and character to your home.
- Paint also serves as a primary repellant to insect, weather and other damages.
- Paint improves the functionality of the whole building
Painting is an awesome way of giving your room a fresh look, whether you’re taking on an extensive repainting project or you just to change the face of your room.
The best information is that painting is a relatively inexpensive and comfortable project that you can carry by yourself, even if you’ve never had any experience in painting.