Note: This DIY article is provided as a general guide only and is not intended to take the place of product-specific installation procedures; always follow applicable manufacturers’ instructions. Depending on your home’s age and condition, location within the home, and other potential factors, repairs and/or upgrades or other services may be necessary prior to the beginning and/or completion of your project that may involve the services of a home improvement professional. This article does not include advice pertaining to local building codes and/or any related inspections.
If you’re new to painting walls, or you just want a little extra guidance, don’t worry. Sometimes the smallest of insights can lead to an amazing result on your DIY project. While many may have personal preferences and methods when it comes to interior painting, there are a few painting tips and tricks that everyone should be familiar with.
Choose High-Quality Supplies
When it comes to a paint job, the saying, “you get what you pay for,” applies. Cheap and low-quality supplies, like plastic brushes and rollers, can create less than optimal results. These can make the paint appear inconsistent and sloppy on the wall, even if your painting technique is good.
The type of supplies you’ll need also depends on the room you’re painting. If it’s a kitchen or a bathroom, you’ll need to start by prepping the area with a sealant to help prevent water and moisture from getting into gaps and cracks around walls and baseboards. This is a crucial step before you start painting!
Max* Shield Painter’s sealant is a premium siliconized acrylic latex sealant that is ideal for tackling tough paint projects. Formulated with Tri-Shield protection, this best-in-class1 sealant is 100% waterproof, has exceptional flexibility with 600% stretch2 and offers lifetime mold-free product protection3.
Cover All Furniture and Use Canvas Drop Cloths
Is your furniture too heavy to move out of harm’s way? If so, be sure to cover the furniture from top to bottom with plastic sheeting and tape the bottoms to fully enclose each item. Stay away from old bed sheets or other fabrics to cover furniture—fabric can absorb paint splatter which can seep through and onto the furniture.
When it comes to your floors, the same principle applies, but you don’t want to use plastic sheeting, which can be a bit slippery when stepped on. Instead, use canvas drop cloths for your floors. A canvas drop cloth that’s just a few feet wide and runs the length of the wall is all you need for proper coverage.
Sand Down Walls and Use Tinted Primer
In order to have well-painted walls, you should start out with a smooth surface. Sanding down the walls helps to level out uneven spackle, flatten nail holes, and create a universally flat surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding pole and begin sanding from the baseboard to the ceiling as you start off.
Next, sand horizontally along the ceiling and the baseboard. Just be sure to sand gently—too much pressure can cause damage to the surface. If you’re also dealing with cracks, holes and gaps between areas such as the walls and the baseboards, using a caulk or sealant can easily fix it.
Painter’s Pro caulk
is an advanced grade siliconized acrylic latex caulk that is ideal for decorative paint projects and filling gaps and cracks. Used for both indoor and outdoor paint projects, this caulk offers strong adhesion and flexibility.
After sanding, caulking, and allowing time for the caulk to cure, it’s time to apply a coat of primer before applying your paint. Just make sure it’s a tinted primer, because it does a better job of covering the existing paint color and allows for a more vibrant finish with fewer coats.
Now that you have the knowledge to get the job done right, it’s time to go paint walls like a pro. If you have any other DIY home projects to mark off your list, we’ve got the information you need to finish the. Check out our Projects & How To’s
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1Based on comparison of publicly available manufacturers’ specifications, products meet or exceed the flexibility performance of any commercial siliconized acrylic sealants in their respective category and ASTM C-920 class (or lower).
2Based on ASTM C-920, TYPE-S, NS, CLASS 25 analysis, product can span gaps of up to 2" wide and 1/2" deep with over 600% stretch and 25% joint movement.
3Fully cured sealant is resistant to stain-causing mold and mildew. Regular cleaning of the sealant is required, however, as soap and other residue may cause secondary mold and mildew growth.