Homeowner's Guide To Painting Like the Pros (Part 3 of 3)

ECOS 07/18/2018

In the previous two posts, we've discussed quite a few tips for improving your DIY painting strategy to more closely align with the professionals. However, there are still a few more tips used by professionals all over the country that can help you paint like a true master of your craft. Here's the third and final installment of our homeowner's guide to painting like the pros.

Use Real Canvas Cloths Many DIY painters like to be resourceful and use an old bedsheet as a drop cloth to prevent spillage, but any professional will tell you that that's not the most effective way to stop splatters.

"Pros don't use bed sheets as drop cloths, and neither should you. Thin sheets won't stop splatters and spills from seeping through to your flooring. And while plastic can contain spills, the paint stays wet for a long time. That wet paint can (and usually does) find the bottom of your shoes and get tracked through the house. Use what the pros use -- canvas drop cloths. They're not slippery and they absorb splatters (but still wipe up large spills or they can bleed through)," writes Brett Martin on Popular Mechanics.

Paint One Wall at a Time Finally, it's important to paint with precision in mind, not with efficiency. This means that instead of painting all the corners of a room and then going back to roll the walls, it's always best to complete one full wall at a time in order to give the paint from the trim a chance to blend seamlessly with the paint on the rest of the wall.

While these tips are sure to provide a more seamless DIY painting experience, remember that the most important part is to invest in the right low VOC paints. In a recent study, participants spent six full work days in an environmentally-controlled office space at the TIEQ lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. In this space, VOC levels were reduced to approximately 50 micrograms per cubic meter and 40 cubic feet per minute of outdoor air per person. They found that, on average, cognitive scores were 101% higher than in conventional workspaces. This is especially important for allergy sufferers: according to Sweden’s Dampness in Buildings and Health study, among children with multiple allergic symptoms, PGE-exposure nearly doubled the likelihood of developing allergic sensitivities to other allergens. Investing in non toxic spray paint is the best way to avoid these harmful side effects. For more information about low VOC paints, contact Ecos Paints.