Helpful Interior Painting Tips and Tricks
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It's always good to have as much information as you can before starting any painting project, and these interior painting tips and tricks will help make it much easier!
Having tons of experience with interior painting, I've learned quite a few interior painting tips and tricks. It can be challenging, but with the right tools for the job, and these helpful tips, you'll save time, money and have a beautiful end result to your work!
If there is one thing I have learned from my experience, it's that the tools you use for the job MATTER. They're extremely important. Don't go for that cheaper paint brush to save a few dollars, or even your roller covers.
Now, this doesn't mean you have to break the bank. But you do want to be selective with certain items. Let's go over what's important versus what you can cheap out on.
What's important -
- Paint brushes. The most used, and most important tool to a smooth, successful paint job.
I recommend using either a Purdy (my personal fave) or Wooster brand paint brush. Both are a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Cleaning the brushes well after use and proper storage will allow you to use these brushes for quite a few projects.
Tip: Using a small wire brush to clean your brushes with helps to loosen and remove any paint that has gathered in the top of the bristles. Doing this will make your brushes last much longer!
The 2 & 1/2 inch wide angled brush works for most any project or room, and is great for painting trim with as well.
There are smaller widths to choose from for tight spaces, but I'd definitely still go with the angled versus straight edge brush. Nylon/Polyester bristles work well with any latex paint.
- Paint rollers and roller covers. These tools will determine how smoothly your paint will cover your walls.
As far as paint rollers go, the main thing is to stay away from the super cheap generic ones. The roller covers tend to slide off of the end as you're rolling your wall, creating paint lines and extra work.
The Wooster brand paint roller works quite well. It keeps the roller cover securely in place while still making removal of the roller cover quick and easy. This type of roller or anything similar is perfect.
As for roller covers, the Purdy White Dove roller covers are an excellent choice. In my opinion, they are far superior to many of the other roller cover options out there. The 1/2 inch nap works best for smooth walls.
You do want to make sure your walls are prepped and ready for paint. Any patching, sanding, etc. should always be done first before beginning to paint.
Tip: When taking a break from your painting project, wrap your roller cover tightly in a plastic grocery bag. This will keep the paint wet for up to 24 hours, allowing you to continue your project without having to replace your roller cover.
- Painter's Tape. Definitely on the list for interior painting tips and tricks. Some use this, some don't. But if you do, get tape that works properly, or you'll have a bigger mess on your hands.
What's less important -
- Paint roller trays/paint tray liners. Here's where you can spend less and save more. Any tray and any liners (as long as the liners fit the tray) will do.
I'll include some examples, just so you can see for yourself. Click on any of the links below to see a few options that are out there.
- Drop Cloths. If you're tight on budget, honestly some old sheets will do the trick.
There are some inexpensive options if you'd like to go a more professional route. Any type of plastic drop cloths will get the job done.
Tip: Lay out your drop cloths out to cover the area you are working in. Use painter's tape to tape the edges of the plastic to the shoe molding to ensure full coverage of your flooring, and then tape each drop cloth together. This will prevent them from slipping and give added protection!
Aside from a few other miscellaneous items, such as damp rags, (handy for cleaning up accidents) old clothes and lots of motivation, these are the basics of what you'll need for your interior painting project.
Tip: Place a rubber band around your paint can so that the rubber band goes across the middle of the can. Use this to wipe excess paint from your brush and to prevent paint build up along the edges of the can. This will make resealing your paint can much easier. (And less messy too!)
Basing this information off of my own personal experience, and being familiar with so many painting products, these are my top picks. You may find that a different type of brush, or a different type of roller covers work fine for you.
A lot of it truly is a matter of preference, but I have had the opportunity to try several different tools for painting, and have found these to work best for me. And if nothing else, it gives you somewhere to start!
The painting process: Getting started -
A few interior painting tips and tricks for getting started....
For more detailed interior painting tips, click HERE.
Once you have everything you need to get started, you also need to know where to start. Make sure all switch plate covers and receptacle covers have been removed.
Check to ensure that everything that requires patching and sanding has been done, and that all spackle is completely dry. Wipe down walls and trim edges to remove any dust or debris left behind from sanding.
Start with cutting in and rolling your ceiling, work your way from there to cutting in and rolling the walls, and last but not least, the trim. This order has given me the best results!
Once you're all done, step back and admire your work!
For more detailed, step by step information, check out The Best Way to Paint a Room.
I hope this information has been useful! If you have any other questions, suggestions, or need any other interior painting tips and tricks, please comment below, and I'll be glad to help!
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