Homeowner's Guide To Painting Like the Pros (Part 1 of 3)
Whether you're an amateur DIY painter or someone with more experience, chances are, you still have room to improve. Painting floors, furniture, and other elements comes with its fair share of challenges, and if the painter can't keep up, they could sacrifice the integrity of the entire project. But all seasoned pros will tell you that there are a number of tips, or 'secrets', that can make the traditional painting experience go as smoothly as possible. Here's part one of our three-part homeowner's guide to painting like the professionals.
Sand Carefully Sanding before applying any type of product is a pretty basic tip, but many DIY painters seem to underestimate the amount of sanding that's actually needed in order to properly apply a coat of primer, porch paint, or furniture paint. Many professional painters have even said that they actually spend more time sanding down surfaces than they do actually applying the primers and paints.
"Sand the walls from the baseboard to the ceiling with fine grit sanding paper on a sanding pole. Then sand horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling. Don't put a lot of pressure on the sanding pole or the head can flip over and damage the wall. Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into crevices," writes Brett Martin on Popular Mechanics.
What if you don't have a sander? If you don't want to invest in your own equipment, you can rent sanders for the duration of the DIY project.
Secure Painter's Tape With a Putty Knife This is another tip that may seem incredibly basic, but there are countless occasions in which even seasoned pros finish a hard job just to come to the unfortunate realization that the paint bled all the way through the painter's tape. Avoid this heartbreaking realization and preserve your hard work by taking a minute to properly secure your painter's tape by running across its length with a putty knife.
While these tips are sure to help you apply paint more evenly, it's also a good idea to invest in the right low VOC paints for your needs and to help keep your family safe. This is especially important if you need safe paint for the nursery. According to Sweden’s Dampness in Buildings and Health study, children with bedroom PGE concentrations in the top 25% (of the study participants) had a 100% higher likelihood of having asthma, a 150% higher likelihood of having eczema, and a 320% higher likelihood of having rhinitis. For more information about safe paint for the nursery, contact Ecos Paints.