5 Tips To Preparing Your Home For Interior Painting in Dayton, OH
When you're looking at an interior paint job, you may think that all you need to do is to show up with your paint bucket and a paint brush, dip it, and start working -- but there is more to interior painting than just this.
Indeed, there is a plethora of preparation that needs to take place prior to your painting the interior of your home -- and knowing about it ahead of time will help you to do a better job and also reduce your long term costs.
With that being the case, let us look at five tips to preparing your home for interior painting in Dayton, OH.
1. Know How Much Paint You Will Need Before Investing In It
There is something to eyeballing the interior walls of your home and sort of figuring out how much paint you will need based on thinking that you'll probably need a bucket of paint for every wall in the room that you are going to paint.
This is all well and good but will more than likely lead to your having either too much paint left over when you are finished with the work and nothing to do with it, or too little paint -- which will leave you with the need to scramble back to the place where you purchased the paint in the first place and hope that you can find some more in stock.
The better alternative to this is to use a paint calculator to figure out more closely how much paint you are going to need -- it will ask you for how much wall needs to be covered and then based on that information will tell you how much paint you will need.
It doesn't hurt to have a little more paint than necessary for future touch ups, of course, but having far too much is just a waste of money.
2. Plan Out The Paint Job In Advance
An interior paint job is not something you can wing or just play by ear, so to speak -- you need to know in advance what you will be doing every day of the paint job.
Since there are ways to calculate about how many feet of wall can be covered by an average painter, you can figure out how many hours it is going to take you to paint the interior walls of your home -- and if you're going to need to hit up your friends for help with the paint work.
Bear in mind that in addition to the time that you are going to need to actually paint the walls, you will need time to allow the paint to dry.
3. Cover Everything You Can't Remove
It is of course best when you are painting the interior of a room to try your best to remove everything inside -- anything you leave in the room is likely to become like a stumbling block for you and possibly get some paint on it.
If, however, you find that you are unable to remove something from the room being painted, you can always consider covering things -- ideally with the kind of tarp or paint cover that is going to be weighed down well on the furniture that you are covering such that it doesn't easily come off during the paint process.
4. Clean The Walls Before You Paint
It may seem a bit mysterious that you would have to clean the walls of your home interior prior to painting them -- wouldn't the paint just cover whatever you are painting?
This may seem to be the case, but by covering dirt you are not only making a mess during the painting process but you are likely looking at having a paint job that will not be long lasting at all.
Do yourself a favor and properly clean the walls of the room that is being painted and of course allow time for the walls to fully dry before continuing.
5. Remove Anything Hanging On The Walls
Lastly, and this really should be obvious, make sure that you have removed all of the various decorations or photographs and pictures that may be hanging on the wall along with anything used to hang up those things.
It's important to not try to paint around such things as you will ultimately not thoroughly paint your wall and need to begin the process anew.
Johnson Specialty Painters prides itself on being the premier cabinet refinishers in Dayton, OH. We can handle your interior painting needs. Call us at 937-430-2669 to set up an appointment.