Are you planning to paint your house, but don’t know where to start? Painting a house can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and tools, anyone can do it like a professional. In this article, we will share with you 10 keys to paint a house like a professional.
1. PLAN WHERE TO START
If you want to paint the whole house, which room will be the first? The ideal is to clear the rooms as much as possible. If you paint the empty one first, it will help you to release the rest and make your movement easier.
Prepare the material. Check if you have everything (painter’s tape, plastic and backing paper, putty, sandpaper, spatula, large and small roller, roller bucket, palette, paint and enamel). If you have old sheets, you can save the plastic.
2. TRY DIFFERENT COLORS TO GET IT RIGHT
If you have doubts about color, brush on walls where the light falls on differently and look at them at different times of the day. Note that the paint darkens as it dries.
A special color? The different paint companies offer a very extensive palette of color references to choose from, a very practical option, especially if you want to later repaint a room or do repairs. If you want to make the mixture, you should start with a white paint and be careful, as some of them tile.
3. PREPARE THE WALLS WELL AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS
If they are in poor condition, they must be sanded well, cleaned of the created dust, given a primer and putty before painting. The paint by itself does not remove blemishes.
Mini flaws? You just need some putty for small cracks and holes. Wait for it to dry, since sometimes it needs to be overcast. Then sand and clean.
4. PAPER AND STUCCO: WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM?
It is a cumbersome and delicate job, so it is best to have a professional. If there is stucco, the ideal is to remove it, especially if the grain is thick. If it is very thin and well gripped, the wall can be leveled with putty.
Paper out! It must be started, sanded, fixed or sealed, up to three layers of putty and at least two of paint.
5. PROTECTS FURNITURE AND SURFACES
Put painter’s tape on skirting boards, ceiling corners, doors and frames that are not made of wood – if they are made of wood, they will also have to be painted – and cover the tape of the blinds. The switches, if you can take them down; if not, tape them too. On the floor, better paper than cardboard, because paper is flexible and repels more than cardboard.
6. CHOOSE THE MOST SUITABLE PAINT
If the walls are in good condition, you can use plastic paint for all rooms, including kitchen and bathroom. In addition, they are increasingly natural, so they hardly give off the smell of paint. But you have other options:
Phototropic. With great hiding power, it is ideal for walls with stains of grease, smoke, humidity and even mold and rust.
Anti-allergies. They prevent the proliferation of mites and fungi, and minimize the emission of volatile compounds (best for allergy sufferers).
100% Eco. They are breathable and you will recognize them because they have the European Eco label.
With odor and anti-odor. There are paints that can even perfume your home because they have natural essences that release aroma slowly. Of course, the effect will last only a few days. And you can also do the opposite, neutralize odors with paints that absorb them. They are photo catalytic.
And the enamels? Choose acrylic and non-synthetic: you’ll reduce solvents. Although you should know that, according to professionals, better results are obtained with plastic paint.
7. CEILINGS, CORNERS AND WALLS
Start at the ceiling to be able to cover the drops that fall on the walls. But if there are defects to caulk, start there and take the opportunity to paint corners.
Smooth corners. To avoid the difference between the corner brush trail and the rest of the wall, paint them first with a brush, and blend the stroke with a roller.
8. IT IS THE TIME FOR THE CARPENTRY
Paint the doors and carpentry with a flat iron and small rollers with very short or foam hair. The ideal is to work with two: a wet one with which you load the paint surface and a dry one, with which you comb it.
Paint freehand! And do not put painter’s tape on the wall to avoid staining it, since when you remove it you can lift the paint and the remedy will be worse.
9. SIX HOURS LATER, ANOTHER LAYER
Open the windows well so that the paint dries well and soon. In the case of plastic paint, wait at least six hours between layers. If it is enamel, take a good look at the instructions on the package.
Monolayer paint. If you use this type of paint, you will not have to give it a second coat, although the application may cost you something more. Rate it well before deciding.
10. REMOVE THE TAPE AND DO TOUCH-UPS
Once it’s dry, don’t wait to remove the tape from around the house. If you leave it and it dries, there is a good chance it will break, leave traces of glue on the wall, or take the paint with it.
Last touches. Once everything is clean, take a look and with a small brush or a small roller, fix any damage.
And now that? You see yourself painting without problem, right? Well for it. You have a few days to choose colors. Prepare everything and you will start the month of April with a new house.
Painting a house can be a challenging task, but following these 10 keys to paint a house like a professional can help you achieve a great result.
By preparing the surface, selecting the right paint and tools, using a primer, masking and protecting, using the right techniques, painting in the right sequence, dealing with mistakes, and adding finishing touches, you can create a beautiful and long-lasting paint job.