4 Essential Tips for Applying Garage Wall Paint
For a lot of people, summer is the perfect time to delve into those spaces they usually ignore. The basement, the attic, the crawl space, the garage—these are all spaces that are typically untidy and filled with clutter. If the garage is on your to-do list this summer, make sure to really get into cleaning, decluttering, and—most importantly—redesigning. When you take the time to make this space something you’re proud to show off, then you’ll be less tempted to let it get messy in the future.
For a lot of people, painting is the first step they take to creating an organized space. Here are some key tips for applying garage wall paint—check them out!
Clean the Walls First
If clearing out the clutter in your garage was difficult, chances are you haven’t taken the time to clean the walls. This is such an important step for proper garage wall painting. You have to get all that dirt, grime, and cobwebs off the walls if you want your paint job to look good. We suggest using a Shop-Vac upholstery brush attachment to get the first layer of grime. Then, go at the walls with a rag and a cleaning solution—pressure-washers aren’t the right move when it comes to garage walls.
Seal Up Cracks and Seams
In addition to grime, garage walls also tend to have more cracks and seams than the walls in your home do. If that’s the case with your garage—whether it’s a crack in the drywall or a hole from a baseball gone astray—seal it up. Using a caulking gun, apply a generous bead of caulk to the affected area. Just make sure to do this after cleaning.
Choose the Right Paint
A successful garage painting session comes down to the paint you use on the walls. Don’t choose an exterior paint—the garage may get hotter or colder than the rest of the home depending on the season, but it’s not exposed to the elements, so you can still use interior paint. We recommend choosing a zero-VOC paint to maintain good air quality in the garage; from there, choose an eggshell finish for its hard wearing durability. You want something that’s easy to clean and good for the health of your home—ECOS Paints is the choice for you.
Get Picky About How You Apply
Depending on the size of your garage, you should consider a few different painting techniques. First, let us say that priming your garage walls is essential. Garages often come with water stains—and definitely dirt. Give your paint a chance and prime the walls before you start painting. If you have particularly stubborn stains, choose a stain blocking primer. From there, decide whether you want to use an airless sprayer or a paint roller—outline the walls with painter’s tape first, and then use typical interior painting techniques.
Hopefully, these tips for applying garage wall paint will help you realize that you can and should have this be your next summer project. Even if you need to start with a smaller project, you should still turn to ECOS Paints for your health-focused painting needs. We’re the top choice, with hundreds of colors to choose from. Shop now!