Repainting your home is a great investment that can make your home feel updated and refreshed in a short amount of time with a minimal budget needed. While hiring a professional will typically get the job done quicker, many Vancouver, WA homeowners choose to DIY their interior paint jobs. Here are some professional painting tips to DIY your interior paint job.
Ah, the dreaded drips! Drips happen to the best of us. From drips all over the paint can to drips on the freshly painted trim, they happen. One way to solve drips on the paint can…grab a big rubber band and stretch it out longways around the can- the band should intersect the opening of the paint can. Simply dip your brush in and on the way out brush it across the rubber band to get off any excess paint.
Drips on the trim can be challenging once they happen- the best thing to do is take your time in preventing them. By taking time to tape the trim, you’ll save yourself a lot of time in the end. When you are taping, use painter’s tape that is at least twice as wide as the trim. Flare it out- keep it flared out. This will help to prevent drips from happening and make clean up a breeze.
Paint in Order
Have you ever watched a professional painter work their craft? Most residential painters will paint in a specific order. This order is efficient and gets the job done easier and faster. Residential painters, typically paint in this order:
This order of painting has everything to do with taping off the walls. It is far easier to tape off the trim and ceiling than it is the walls. When you paint the trim you don’t have to be precise, just focus on how smooth the paint is on the wood. Once the trim and ceiling are dry (at least 24 hours), you can tape them off (see drips above) and get started on the walls.
Wrap your Brushes
This simple pro trick can save you a lot of time. If your paint job is going to take several days (and almost all do) save yourself time in clean up by carefully wrapping your brushes and rollers in plastic wrap. Don’t worry about rinsing them, just wrap them up and they’ll be good to go the next day.
If you’re left with paint in the bucket at the end of your job, simply pour the paint into a small jar, screw the lid on tight and store it in a cool dark place. This pro tip is used by painters around Clark County to save homeowners time and money. By keeping a small amount of paint from the original batch, homeowners can easily do touch ups or get a color match if more paint is needed later on down the road.
To create a clean line between your woodwork and your walls, professional residential painters will run a thin line of caulk where the wood meets the wall. Run a thin line down the crack and scrape off any excess with a putty knife. The results will look professional.