Things to do Before Painting Your House
When contemplating on painting your house or room you have to be prepared. If you have never done any house painting you will have to go out and acquire some painting tools. When purchasing tools for painting it is always better to buy quality tools such as for example Purdy paintbrushes and paint rollers. This equipment is more in line with contractor grade tools. Painting contractors like to use these types of tools because they leave a better finish and they retain more paint so you could paint longer without refilling.
Paint brushes are important to know about. There are many different types of brushes both for oil and latex paints, but these days we mostly use latex paints. Here again it is important to select a good quality brush, most commonly good quality brushes come in single packs with their own cover that you can put the brush back into after use. A good quality brush had synthetic bristles with different compositions for stiffness and usability. Generally what we like to use are 3 inch angled sash which is large enough to be able to make a solid wide brush stroke accurately. Also we use 1 inch brushes to get in between close door casings and walls to fill in the gap that a large brush would not get into.
If brushes are cleaned after use, they can last for years. Since most modern exterior and interior paints are latex-based, cleaning the brushes after use with hot soapy water and a toothbrush can remove all traces of paint. Oil-based paints are normally cleaned with a natural or synthetic solvent such as mineral spirits, again using a toothbrush to remove all traces of paint. Metal “combs” are used to penetrate into the bristles of a brush to remove drying paint.
Paint rollers and handles, again here obviously you want to have the same quality work as with a good quality brush. The roller should be secure on a good-quality handle that doesn’t flex. The cheap handles you can buy at the store in some cases are so weak that they bend as you are painting and that is why they are so inexpensive so the motto of the story here is in most cases the more you pay the better the quality of the roller handle. The roller refill also should be in most cases the most you can afford to spend on a refill will get you the best refill. Generally most wall painting applications require a 15 to 18 mm roller nap. The heavier the nap the more paint the refill will hold but the more care has to be taken not to have to much paint on the wall.
Choosing the right and best paints, is important because after you have chosen the right color you have to decide on the shine level and where you want to apply the paint. First of all make sure again that you buy top-quality latex paint. In short the more you pay for the paint the better the quality both in longevity of the paint and application. Obviously you want to paint to stay on the wall after washing (acrylic paints are the best for this) and the other factor is that you want to be able to paint quickly and smoothly and this only happens with more expensive paints like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams paints.
It is important to be able to decide which machine level you want to apply to a room. These days it is possible to have a washable flat paint which is just as durable as a paint with a higher sheen levels such as a eggshell or semigloss paint. Toronto painters are using high end flat latex paints in most cases even in bathrooms and kitchens. Flat paint has a more subtle look to it also it hides imperfections in walls. Semigloss paints are used for trim work such as doors and door frames and window jams and window frames. The shiny surface will display imperfections more than a flat surface will so one has to make sure that the preparation work on the substrate has to be in the best shape possible, no cracks no holes no dents etc.
Preparing your walls and trim for painting is important because there is no sense painting a wall with holes in it and dense and cracks. These all have to be filled in with plaster. Most cracks have to be prepared with fiber tape or drywall tape to make sure that the crack doesn’t open up again. Use a quick dry plaster compound such as sheetrock 45 that dries in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours for being able to sand it easily you can tell this by the color (should be bone white).
Starting to paint, what comes first? Do you paint the trim first or the wall first or the ceiling? When areas covered for painting, floors and furniture have to be covered before you attempt painting. If the entire room is to be painted that obviously the first thing to do is to paint the ceiling. Painting the ceiling is probably the most strenuous part that requires more stamina and strength then the other aspects of painting.
The question is which one you think you should paint first the wall or the trim? Professional house painters generally paint the trim first. It is more difficult to paint the edge of the door casing to a finished wall then it is to paint the wall edge to a finished door casing.