Obtaining A Smooth Finish To Your Interior Painting.

By: Rick Skew

The main reason people paint their interior walls is usually to brighten up the look of a room. A fresh paint job can provide new life to a dull room. To achieve a smooth finish it's crucial to first take the time to prepare the walls appropriately. People like to try to cut some corners to avoid wasting money and time, but doing this could make your work appear bad and cost you a lot of cash..

Follow these simple methods to achieve a smooth application:

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

Wipe down the areas to be painted. Wash walls and woodwork to remove dust and grease from all of the surfaces. Grease keeps the paint from adhering to the surface properly, and dirt or dust will attach itself to your 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 shield from drips. You will also want to put plastic or an old sheet down on to the carpet in the area you are painting. Paint rollers can sometimes slip and hit where you don't want 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 little bit of an impression on the wall it's going to show through the paint as an irregular spot, so be sure you fill this as well. When you have filled in all of the spots, smooth the filled area with a damp sponge and then let it dry. When dry, sand the area with the sanding block to smooth out any edges that are left.

Choose a high quality brand of paint. You should not have to spend a fortune on a gallon of paint, but you must purchase a quality product. Call around to some general contractors in your area and ask them what brand of paint they might suggest that you use. Once you have a name you can call or visit some do it yourself stores and check and compare prices. This is often a very 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 then you may need another coat to give it a more polished look.

One final tip:
After your new paint has dried, check for any bubbled or uneven spots. If you spot bubbles, lightly scrape the top, fill and retouch. You can always buy a tiny 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 task for you.

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