Timing is Everything
It is important to consider how weather will affect the painting process. If you are painting the exterior of your home, it is vital that you choose a dry day. Humidity also plays a factor so be sure it is low that day. Paint needs time to dry and it will not adhere to surfaces that are not dry.
Don’t Be Cheap
It is important to buy high-quality paint for both inside and outside jobs. You may be tempted to buy the paint that’s on sale, but buying better brands will help you save money in the long run. These paints are designed to last longer and not chip or fade. Some good brands include Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore.
Use a Clean Surface
Be sure to clean the walls you will be painting. Paint does not adhere well to dirty or rough surfaces so it is imperative that you clean and sand prior to painting. You might want to scrape any paint that has begun peeling. Similarly, after removing wallpaper, you will want to thoroughly clean the walls to rid them of all glue.
Primer is Important
Many new brands of paint have combined the paint and primer into one. However, it is always safe to use an extra layer of primer before you begin painting your walls. Manufacturers will often say that the new paint can help save paint because you will need less layers. Do your research on paint and primers before you begin any project.
Start from the Top, and Cover the Bottom
It is useful to begin painting at the top of the wall. This method reduces streaks and can prevent unnecessary dripping. In addition, be sure to cover the entire surrounding area. This includes carpets, wood floors, furniture, shrubbery, flowers, and other objects that may be close by. Use large drop cloths to ensure the area is immune to drips.