20 Things You Need to Know About Interior Painting

interior painting

by Daniel Law - July 31, 2018

Carrying out interior painting projects involves several things to deliver incredible value and style. It often involves a lot more than just simply painting with a brush.

Here are 20 things you need to know about interior painting.

1. Preparing the work

Just as with other projects, house interior painting also requires preparation. This entails moving table, furniture and blinds to areas that you won’t be painting. If there is something that you can’t move, make sure that you cover it completely with a plastic sheet.

2. Prepare the surface you want to paint

Besides moving out furniture and other objects, you should also prepare the interior surface you want to paint. Seal up the window frames, door jambs and baseboard using sealant. Ensure the surface is free of oil or dirt.

3. Clean walls with water and soap

Paint cannot adhere properly to dirty, sticky walls regardless of how high quality or thick the paint is. Let the wall to dry completely before you paint.

4. Use eco-friendly paint

Paint with VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) is suitable for residential places. It is safe and has low levels of toxins. You can also get zero-VOC paints.

 5. Useful tip

Amateurs hardly know how to get clean lines. Well, you should tape all the edges and baseboards to do so. At Newline Painting, we use a handful of painting tricks that only the pros use such as “cutting in” technique to achieve a perfect finish.

6. Use quality painting supplies

If you are hiring a professional painter, ask them what brand of paint they are using. The quality and colour vary between paint brands. Carry out research on paints and supplies before you make a purchase. Binders, additives and pigments of high quality give high-quality paint.

7. Select paint type

The paint you select should depend on the one on your walls. Avoid using latex if your wall finish is oily. Instead, you should sand down the oily finish to eliminate all dust particles.

8. Use paint primers

Luckily, most of our paints have primers. Alternatively, if you get paint without primer, ensure you get it. Primer assists paint to stick and makes the texture even.

9. Can’t paint without tools

Paint grids, brushes, paint trays, paint rollers and extension poles are some of the painting tools you should use. If you want to paint around baseboards and small places, a brush is ideal. Alternatively, you can use rollers for large surfaces – like the ceiling – it can really help speed up the work.

10. The real painting

Painting should not be a hectic project. Instead, it should be easy. If you decide to use a brush, load it with paint half way. This will avoid lap marks and will maintain wet edges. More so, ensure your stroked overlap and don’t wait for the previous one to dry.
11. Practice uniformity

Keeping a uniform colour is a challenge, but it is doable. All it needs is mixing some similar paint in one large bucket. Doing so will ensure your painting is even because some cans might have different variances.

12. Avoid skimping

Applying at least two coats is a brilliant idea. Painting is not a thing you would be done yearly. Perhaps after 5 years, you might choose to. Therefore, take time to make a good paint.

Other interior points you should know include:

13. Buy a small quantity of paint, apply it and see how it looks

14. Disregard painter’s tape because it is time-consuming and expensive. Rather, consider the edge.

15.Make a wise selection of the brushes. For instance, brushes with natural bristles work best with oil-based paint, while a nylon bristles one suits water-based paint.

16. If the surface has a rich texture, go for a roller with a large nap. Alternatively, a roller whose nap is 8-10mm is best for wallboards or wood paint.

17. Secure some paint that remains from your project for making a few touch-ups.

18. Think about the finish you select. Using high gloss finish is easy to clean and lasts for a long time.

19. If you do not like the colour, feel free to change.

After all, it is your home. If you need colour consultation for choosing the best colour for your home feel free to contact us. We’re able to provide professional advice on the right colour choices. It is important that you choose your room colour wisely because it can have an impact on you.

Be sure to take a look at our 10 Colour Meanings and How it Affects You.

20. Preparing and painting the interior takes time, depending on the size. Therefore, avoid rushing the painting process. Wait for paint to dry before you put everything back inside.

Interior painting can be difficult and a real headache when things go wrong. Therefore, it is important you hire the best painting company such as Newline Painting. We aim at providing first class painting services in Melbourne.

Please do not hesitate to contact us about all your home interior painting needs on 1300 044 206. Our attentive staffs are ready to help with any service you may need or any question you may have.