How to DIY summer style painting

Now that summer has arrived and you can open your windows and let in the fresh air in, it’s is a great time to catch up on your indoor painting. We are happy to provide you with a few of the tips we use on any of our jobs to make sure the paint matches the professional look on all of our construction jobs.

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Primer before paint always:
Primer provides a great surface for the paint and it will help to bring out the paint’s true color.

Use the tools the professionals use:
Use an edge pad or cutting brush for clean lines around doorframes, ceiling edges and corners so your walls look great — down to every last detail. Rollers instead of brushes will speed up your project and give an even coat to your walls
How much paint will you need:
The pros recommend one gallon for every 400 square feet. Covering textured, rough or unprimed surfaces may require more

Check the weather forecast before you start:
Moisture in the air keeps water-based paint from drying. Skip the humid afternoon paint project!

Preparation is key:
The surface must be clean, non-glossy and in good condition. Make all repairs to the wall before you start any painting job and feel free to wash them down with a clean sponge.

Door knob tip:
Small plastic bag over your doorknobs will avoid getting paint where it’s not wanted. If you don’t have plastic, make sure you pick up a roll of painters tape to wrap the edges of the mounting plate. There are several different styles of tape that are based on time of usage. Check the label or ask the service person to guide you with the right product to match your project
Don’t look back:
Once an area starts to dry, it’s best to leave it alone. Going back over it can leave marks and color streaks in the paint’s surface.

Clean finish:
If you’re looking for paint in high-traffic areas, start with an eggshell or satin finish which allows the walls to be easily cleaned. A semi-gloss finish is typically applied to doors, trim and casings for added protection and cleanable surfaces. High gloss in the bathroom and kitchen for shiny and durable finish, a parent’s best friend. However, the shinier the finish the more visible wall imperfections stand out so make sure your wall prep work is complete before you apply the glossy finish.

You’re not painting your floor:Painters Tape
Use a drop cloth. It’s the cheap, easy way to save yourself from spilling on the floor

Wall plate advice:
Remove all wall plates and tape off light switches and electrical outlets. This will give your project a professional look when you are finished. Too many DIY’s paint right over the outlet. This is an unsafe practice that can damage the outlets or even cause an electrical fire.

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