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5 Essential Tips For A Quality Home Painting In Southlake Project
Painting your home can be an interesting DIY project. But just like for everything else, there are rules to painting. You don't just dip your brush or roller in paint and start rubbing it on walls. You will make a terrible mess of things. Below are some essential tips that can make your home painting in Southlake project go smoothly and quickly, almost like that of a pro;
1) Avoid lap marks:
For an amateur painter, home painting in Southlake is just about running the roller up and down the length of the wall. This is wrong as it will likely lead to lap marks. Lap marks describe unsightly stripes that come as a result of uneven layers of paint build-up. When you roll over paint that is partly dry, you get a lap mark.
Maintaining a wet edge is the key to avoiding lap marks. To maintain a wet edge, run your roller up and down the full height of the wall, such that each stroke of your roller runs over the previous one before the paint begins to dry. For better results, start near a corner. When necessary, move backwards to even out thick spot or runs. Your roller should always be half-loaded and the open end of the roller should face the area of the wall that has already been painted.
2) Mix all cans of paint together:
To avoid inconsistency in paint color, mix all the cans of paint that you wish to use in a large bucket. Paint color sometimes may vary from can to can. If you intend to exhaust one can before opening another you may be shocked by the variation of color. This will be a source of huge embarrassment. Therefore, it is advisable you practice boxing when doing home painting in Southlake. Boxing refers to mixing all cans of paints together before you set out to work.
Some may assume that it is more economical to work from can to can, particularly when coverage is difficult to estimate. This is not exactly so. When coverage is difficult to estimate then mix more paint than less, and when you are done, you can pour the remnant back into the can(s).
3) Cut tape for perfect edge:
Painters use tape when trying to achieve a perfect edge. But you can't just pull off the tape once the paint dries. This is because a film of paint is formed between the tape and the wall, so pulling off the tape may tear off some parts of the paint off the wall. Instead, wait until the paint is properly dried then use a knife to separate the film from the tape.
4) Follow the paint order:
There is a particular order to home painting in Southlake. First is the trim, next the ceiling and lastly the walls. It is more efficient to work this way. Because, when you are painting the walls you can tape off the trim, which you have already painted. Also, when painting the trim you don't have to worry about staining the walls, you will come back and cover it up later.
5) Prepare your wall:
Before you begin painting it is necessary you prepare your wall or other surfaces. Wall preparation requires cleaning dirty or oily walls using a deglosser or any other heavy-duty cleaner that is made for pre-paint cleaning. Painting a dirty or oily surface will cause the paint to chip off quite quickly. A clean wall, on the other hand, allows greater adhesion of paint.
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