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How to Paint Interior Walls

Written by; Emily Carson / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Sep 19 2009


Painting is without doubt the number one home improvement project undertaken by homeowners. It allows for a total change of a space by changing the color or design of the walls.

It provides an outlet for creativity and individualism through a variety of techniques. A quality paint job will greatly enhance the look of a room. However, there is a proper way to ensure success.

The first step is to repair the walls.

Before you create a masterpiece, a good canvas is needed. Examine the walls that will be painted for any holes, cracks or dents. Make the repair and sand for a smooth finish.

After repairs are finished, clean the walls with warm water and a household detergent to eliminate food stains, grease, dirt and cigarette smoke. The room should be emptied if possible.

Remove the wall plates from the switches and the electrical outlets. Take down drapery or blinds as well as the hardware.

Masking is another important part of preparation. This will help keep paint off the floor, doors, windows, built-ins, baseboard or bookshelves.

Certain areas need special painting techniques. It is important to maintain a wet edge when painting ceilings. Otherwise the wall will show lines and ridges. In tight spots, use a 4-inch roller or a paintbrush in lieu of the 7- or 9-inch roller.

The smaller roller is the optimal choice because brushes leave trails and have an uneven application of paint. Wainscoting, if being painted the same color as the walls, can be painted at the same time as the walls.

Painting walls effectively is truly an art form. The interior of a home can be painted with a roller and a hand brush.

A roller offers more efficiency since you can paint a wider area quicker more than you can with a brush.

A coat or more of primer is necessary with existing colors such as purple and green. Primer helps to neutralize colors and prevent bleed through.

Fill a pan about half-full. Moisten the roller with water and then roll out excess onto scrap lumber or Kraft paper. Next situate the roller into the wells middle. Roll it down the slant of the pan.

Repeat a couple of times to let the paint be absorbed by the roller.

A roller is over saturated if it drips en route to the wall. Concentrate on one area at a time, approximately 2-square feet. Roll the paint in a zigzag pattern such as the letters M or W. Without lifting the roll, fill in the blank area. The roller should be raised slowly at the end of each stroke, this eliminates lines.

This pattern is repeated each 2-square feet section at a time. Overlap areas as you finish for a smooth finish without edges.

Cleaning your painting equipment will help to maintain it for future use. Wet paint cleans easily; dried paint does not.

Low-priced rollers will often have a little paint left on even after cleaning. Discard these rollers. Brushes with latex paint can be pulled over the top of the paint can to get rid of paint. Then rinse the brushes and roller under warm water; clean with a gentle dish washing detergent.

Paints that are solvent-thinned are cleaned in a different way. Put these brushes in a can and swish. For example, an old coffee can is ideal for this cleaning.

Now, step back and take a look! Ah yes, we all have a little Picasso in all of us ;)


Copyright: 2009

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