Getting A Smooth Finish. Painting And Decorating Tips:

By: Susan Sportman


The main reason people paint their interior walls is to freshen up the look of a room. A fresh paint job can give new life in a dull space. To achieve a smooth finish you have to first take some time to prepare the walls appropriately. People like to try to cut some corners to save money and time, but doing this can make your work look bad and cost you a lot of cash..

Follow these simple steps for a smooth application:

The initial step is to make use of a paint scraper to get rid of all the old chipped paint. Scrape as much of the old paint off as you can. Sand the chipped areas by using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. Make sure to smooth the edges as much as possible to ensure that it would not be noticeable under the fresh paint.

Wipe down the areas to be painted. Wash walls and woodwork to get rid of dust and grease from all of the surfaces. Grease will keep the paint from adhering to the painted area properly, and dirt or dust will attach itself to the newly painted wall. Wash with a mild soap and water solution and allow to air dry before prepping.

Tape off the parts you donot want painted like baseboards and mouldings. Cover light fixtures and wall sockets, and put plastic sheets over furniture to protect from drips. You will also want to put plastic or an old sheet down on top of the carpet in the area you are painting. Paint rollers can sometimes slip and hit where you don't need it to.

Fill in any holes or cracks with filler and smooth out. Also fill in any holes left from where you scraped the old paint if there are any. If there is the least bit of an impression on the wall it will show through the paint as an uneven spot, so be sure you fill this as well. When you have filled in all of the spots, smooth the puttied area using a damp sponge and then allow it dry. When dry, sand the area using the sanding block to smooth out any edges that are left.

Choose a top quality brand of paint. You should not need to spend a fortune on a gallon of paint, but you should buy a high quality product. Call around to some local contractors in your area and ask what brand of paint they might suggest that you use. As soon as you possess a name you can call or visit some do it yourself stores to check and compare prices. This is often an important step because if you choose a cheaper brand of paint it may not cover as well, this means using more than one coat, which also means more paint. Using a primer is an option, but usually is not required. A good brand of paint should cover in one coat. Now and again you may need a further coat to give it a more polished look.

A final tip:

After your new paint has dried, check for any bubbled or uneven spots. If you see bubbles, lightly scrape the top, fill and retouch. You can purchase a small pot of the same colour paint for touch ups. If you are not really a do-it-yourself type, or you do not have the time for such a project you can hire an expert to do the job for you.

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If you are planning to paint the interior of your property then think about hiring a company such as { Decorator London|Painter London|Painters And Decorators London} first. There is a lot of arranging to do, so you really have to to plan it carefully, otherwise you will end up wasting a lot of paint.

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