Interior painting is an economical way of beautifying and improving your home. It can give a room a fresh, new look and vibrancy, and it is something you can do yourself. Interior painting is the first skill I learned many years ago; I still offer interior painting services today and it is a trade that I enjoy doing and it is near and dear to my heart. There are many factors to consider when painting, and we will cover the basics in this article. Flying Colors Painting Co Pierce County is one of the authority sites on this topic.
1. How Much Paint Will I Need? Before you begin, you have to determine the amount of paint you will need. you can simply do this by calculating the linear feet in the room you are about to paint. Begin by measuring the height of the wall and multiply by the length of the wall, do this to all the walls in the room. Next, measure the height and width of all the windows and doors in the room, then multiply individually, then add up the total sum. Subtract the total sum of the doors and windows from your previous measurement. This will give you the total paintable area. Finally, divide this number by 350 with a calculator. The whole number is the amount of gallons you will need to paint the room plus an extra gallon or 2 to allow for 2 coats. Remember, if you are using primer, you have to get an equal amount in addition to the paint. Some brands (like Behr) now have paint with primer already in it; so you would not have to buy the primer separately if you purchase this type of paint.
2. What Type Of Paint Should I Get? Most interior painting today is done using latex or vinyl water-based paint. Oil-based primers and paints are generally used for outdoor applications. Interior latex paint comes in various different sheens: high gloss, semi-gloss, satin enamel, eggshell enamel, flat enamel, and flat. The general rule of thumb is the higher the traffic area, the higher the gloss, for example, wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens are usually high traffic areas painted with high gloss or semi-gloss because of this sheen’s resistance to humidity and it’s slick finish makes it easy to clean. Ceilings, which have little to no traffic, are usually painted with flat paint, due to it’s susceptibility to stains.
3. What Type Of Tools And Materials Will I Need? In addition to the primers and paints you will generally need: 1 or 2 packs of 3/8 nap roller sleeves, roller pan for the paint, brushes, 6 ft or 8 ft ladder (for the ceilings,) roller handles, paint stick for the roller handles, plastic drop cloths, fabric drop cloths, 1 gallon or more of joint compound (for large cracks), plaster knives for the compound, painter’s caulk and caulking gun (for small cracks,) and stir sticks for the paint.
4. How Do I prepare The Room For Painting? Any and all movable furniture should be taken out and temporarily put in another room. For furniture that can’t be moved, push into the center of the room. Measure and cut the plastic drop cloths, and cover the furniture. Next, layout the fabric drop cloths on the floor where you will be painting, the fabric drop cloths absorb the paint spray better and you will have less paint tracking, especially on carpeted areas. Caulk all small cracks and gaps that you see, primarily around the windows and doors. If you have large cracks in the walls or ceilings, plaster them with joint compound, let it dry and sand it smooth.