Paint Like A Pro With These 2 Tips

Posted on: 15 September 2017


Painting the inside of your home is a smart DIY remodel for ambitious homeowners. Interior painting is one of the most affordable and accessible home remodels you can invest in. You can get all the tools and supplies at a home improvement or paint store and then start to paint that very same day. If you are interested in handling your own paint job, you need to make sure you make it look good. A sloppy paint job will detract from your remodel and make it look cheap. Here are the best ways to make sure your paint job looks clean and professional.

Prep Like a Pro

When professionals paint homes, they do excessive masking and prep work to protect against paint spills. They do this for two reasons. First of all, they don't want to ruin anything in the client's home that they will then have to pay for. Second, they know that is actually speeds up the painting process. Homeowners doing a DIY paint job often skimp on prep work because they don't realize how important the prep work is.

You can use construction paper, red rosin paper, cheesecloth, drop cloths, newspapers, painter's plastic, and a variety of other materials to cover your floors and walls before painting. Using a combination of these products usually produces the best results. For instance, painter's plastic is best for covering carpet, window fixtures, and doors. Drop cloths and construction paper are better for covering hard floors.

Paint Professional Lines

Perhaps the most important part of actually painting your walls is making sure that the lines are clean and straight. To do this, you need to do a little more than just mark off your lines with painter's tape. Painter's tape alone does not create perfect lines. You get much better results if you fortify your tape lines with some lightweight spackling paste. The trick is to apply some paste directly onto the tape line, rubbing it on as thinly as possible. This fills any air bubbles that usually form underneath the tape line. So, when you paint over it, there will be no issues with bleeding paint. This extra step will probably double the amount of time it takes to tape off your walls, but it results in a much cleaner looking paint job.

These helpful tips will certainly yield you a more professional looking paint job when all is said and done. For additional information, contact a company like Dave's Minor Changes.