Doing a painting Colorado Springs, CO job on the interior walls of your home is a great way to instantly refresh whatever room you’re updating, and a lot of homeowners find it to be one of the easiest DIY projects to work on. All it takes is having the right tools, some practice, a bit of patience and a lot of good guidance.
Speaking of which, here are some tips for you to use the next time you have to paint a room.
Prepare the Surface
Before you even open the paint, start by preparing the wall for the house painters Colorado Springs, CO job. This means scraping, patching and sanding away any flaws that you might see on the wall, followed by filing down stubborn dents and cavities until you have a smooth surface to work on. After all, you don’t want to paint over cracks or holes, because that can completely ruin the results.
Tint the Primer
Now, you’ll have to prime your surface so that no pigments bleed through the paint, and this enables the paint to adhere more efficiently while reducing the chances of peeling and blisters. Professionals often recommend adding a dye to the primer so that it somewhat resembles the actual paint color, and in the end, it ensures that the primer won’t show.
While there are certain paint brands that come with primer, nothing beats an actual, dedicated primer to improve adhesion.
Choose Canvas over Plastic
While most people use plastic to cover up their furniture and surfaces while they paint, canvas is actually a much better option because it’s rip-resistant, durable, and you’re less likely to trip on it while you’re doing Colorado Springs painters.
The best part about canvas is that you can easily fold it up and throw it out when you’re done.
Get an Extension Pole
Instead of using a normal stepladder, get a telescoping extension pole. These are available in different lengths and can go up to 18 feet long, which is the recommended length, as it’s able to extend to 36-inches, which means that you can use it to paint high ceilings.
Just make sure that you use a paint roller with a hole on its handle so that it’s easy for you to screw it into the extension pole. Also, get an extension pole with a stiff metal core and a soft grip, as well as a threaded end that’s made from metal. Whatever you do, avoid plastic handles, because controlling them will give you a headache.
Use a Paint Grid
These days, you don’t have to use a paint tray and you can opt for a much more convenient alternative; the paint grid. All you have to do is hook the paint grid into the rim of your bucket, pour some paint into the bucket until it’s halfway full, and then suspend the grid inside. You can then dip the roller inside, and slope it on the grid to get rid of any surplus paint.
If you’re doing a major Colorado Springs house painters job then you may have to store your tools so that they’re viable to use the next day. Luckily, overnight storage for painting tools is pretty simple and straightforward.
Just remove the surplus paint on your paint-rollers and brushes, cover them in some plastic food wrap and place them in the refrigerator. This helps to seal the brushes so that air doesn’t get through, and it’ll ensure that your brushes don’t dry up overnight.
All you have to do the following morning is to remove the brushes from the fridge and give it about 30 minutes to thaw before you start painting. You can use this same method to preserve the functionality of your brushes for several days while you work on different rooms.