Interior Painting Tips and Tricks

Interior Painting | January 30, 2020

Getting to know some simple interior painting tips and tricks will provide you with a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes work that will go into painting your home. At Dunbar Painting, we offer interior home painting services that are specifically designed to update your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

1. How to Choose the Right Primer

The right type of primer for your home will depend on the surface that is being painted. In most cases, if your home has new dry wall, a professional painter will choose to use a water-based primer to help hide any imperfections and to provide an even base before applying the paint. If you have an older home that has panelling or water damage, a professional may choose to use an oil-based primer.

2. How to Avoid Streaks

To help prevent streaks caused by rolling over paint that is already starting to dry, a professional painter will ensure to keep a wet edge. This is done by painting the full height of the wall and then moving the roller over slightly to overlap the last stroke with the next.

3. How to Determine the Kind of Paint Already on the Walls

Before painting the walls in your home with new paint, it is important to first determine whether oil or latex paint was previously used. A simple paint test can be performed by soaking a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rubbing it on a small area of the wall. If there is paint residue on the cotton ball, the paint on the wall is latex based and, if there is no residue, the paint is oil based.

4. How to Prevent Leftover Paint from Drying Out

During the process of painting your home, a professional painter will wash out their brushes several times throughout the day to ensure that the paint does not dry on the bristles. At the end of each workday, prior to washing out the brushes used, any cut cans or trays of paint will be dumped back into the main paint can using a brush to clean the paint out as much as possible. Any paint trays that do not have a liner will then need to be cleaned or, if a liner was used, the liner will be thrown out and replaced with a new one. The main paint can lid will then be secured in place and sealed with a hammer.

If you would like to learn more interior painting tips and tricks, or if you are interested in our interior painting services, please contact Dunbar Painting at 604-788-3382 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

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