Getting Started with Interior Painting…

Once you have the repairs and the cleaning done, it still is not time to get started painting. Any painter can tell you that. You will need to remove as much furniture as possible from the room you are going to be painting. If you cannot move the furniture from the room, it is a good idea to put paint covers over them. Painting covers can be cloth or plastic. You don’t just want to throw a sheet over furniture or the floor, however, because paint can easily bleed through such fabrics.

With the measurements you took previously, you can go online or to a store that sells paint and provide the area you are looking to paint to find an estimate of how much paint and primer you should buy. Today, they have paint and primer available in one can, which can save you a lot of time. If you buy them separately, then you have twice as much painting that needs to be done—one to three coats for most primers and then one, two or three coats for the paint. With the two in the same can together, you only need to do a total of two or three coats. Considering you need to let it dry between each coat, primer and paint together can cut your time spent painting in half.

Also use only quality paints from your local painting distributors. A lot of the paint that is sold out of the big box stores is out dated and isn’t as quality controlled as the paint suppliers like Sherwin Williams or PPG stores there inventory turns much more quickly and dates are checked so the inventory is always up to date.

Besides the paint and primer, there are a number of things you need to get before you begin painting your house. You need drop cloths that can be put on the floors below where you will be working. Plastic is cheap, but paint doesn’t get through. On the downside, it can be slippery to walk on and paint will puddle up and not dry. Fabric drop cloths are typically more expensive, but allows the paint to dry and less of a chance of slipping on them. You can choose to use a paint sprayer even for interior painting. If you do that, however, be sure to pick yourself up a respirator mask, so that the fumes and paint spray do not get into your eyes, noise, mouth and then lungs.

Also, if you are going to use a sprayer, you are going to need extra painters tape and paper to cover windows, vents, trim, and other room fixtures or accents. If you instead decide to use brushes and rollers, you will still need tape to separate trim, ceiling, and other rooms from the walls you are working on. It is a good idea to buy different size brushes and a couple of spares. It is also a good idea to buy several roller covers. When it comes to painting tools, you do get what you pay for. Cheap brushes fall apart and leave bristles in the paint and on the walls. Rollers are designed for smooth walls, rough walls, and more. Better quality rollers will hold paint better.

When it comes to the amount of time you are going to spend painting your own house and the money you will end up spending on paint and supplies, it is a good idea to bring in a professional home painters in Sioux Falls, SD  and have them provide you with a quote to find out if painting your house on your own will actually end up saving you any money. In reality, you may end saving money by hiring a professional to get the job done for you.

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