For your next house painting project, prepare your tools ahead and eliminate the hassles of several trips to the paint shop and getting disappointing results.
There are basically two types of paints used in house painting- oil-base and water-based paints. Modern painting jobs usually use water-based paints because they are easier to clean after painting and do not emit harsh smells compared with oil-based paints.
To know how much paint to use, measure the surface you want to cover. For the walls, measure the longest wall and multiply it by its height, then multiply that number by four to know how many gallons of paint to buy. For the ceiling, take the length of the longest wall and square that number to get the area you need for the ceiling.
For water-based paints, use synthetic brushes; oil-based paints, use natural bristles. When buying brushes, always get the best ones that you can afford. With a high-quality brush, you can get more use from them as they last longer and they are the best to use. Buy a brush with long, tapered bristles and with handles that provide a comfortable grip.
There are different varieties of brushes used in house painting. For walls, it’s best to use a wide brush, 3-4 inches wide. For the trim, use a 2-inch brush and for the sash, use an angled 2-inch brush.
Paint rollers make painting large areas a lot easier and faster. Many prefer using the rollers after cutting in the trim, baseboard, and window and door frames. When painting ceilings or high walls, use rollers that have hollow handles to easily attach an extension handle so you don’t need to climb up and down a ladder.
When painting the interior of your home, it’s best to use paint rollers that are 7 to 9 inches wide. Moreover, ensure that you buy the right kind of rollers for the paint you are using. This information is usually indicated on the label of the roller or you can ask the personnel at the paint supply store.
To protect your furniture and floors, be sure to use drop cloths made from canvas. While many use plastic, canvas cloths are preferred because they do not have to be taped to stay in place compared to plastic that you have to tape everywhere. Also, when paint spills on plastic, it remains wet and it can get under your shoes which can create a huge mess around the house. With canvas drop cloth, it does not become slippery as it absorbs paint while protecting the surface beneath it.
Never paint anything without painter’s tape on hand. An essential part of the entire preparation process, painter’s tape protects trim and provides a reliable guide for cutting in walls and ceilings. Always use good quality tape and not just some masking tape you can find to prevent bleeding and marks on the wall.