Obtaining A Smooth Finish To Your Interior Painting.

By: Rick Skuw

The main reason people paint their interior walls is to brighten up the look of the room. A fresh paint job can provide new life into a dull space. To get a smooth finish it is crucial to first take some time to prepare the walls properly. 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 to achieve a smooth application:

The first step is to make use of a paint scraper to remove all the old chipped paint. Scrape as much of the old paint off that you can. Sand the chipped areas using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. Make an effort to smooth the edges as much as you can so that it will not be noticeable under the new paint.

Wipe down the parts to be painted. Wash walls and woodwork to remove dust and grease from all of the surfaces. Grease would keep the paint from adhering to the surface properly, and dirt or dust will attach itself onto 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 need 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 do not 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 can 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 filled area using a damp sponge and then let it dry. When dry, sand the area using the sanding block to smooth out any edges that are left.

Choose a high quality brand of paint. You should not need to spend a fortune on a gallon of paint, but you should buy a quality product. Call around to some local contractors in your area and ask them what brand of paint they Would suggest that you use. Once you have a name you can call or visit some do it yourself stores to check and compare prices. This will be 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. Every so often you may require 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 discover bubbles, lightly scrape the top, fill and retouch. You can purchase 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 a specialist to do the work for you.

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