Tips for Repainting Your Home

Paint doesn’t last forever. Once the old coat starts blistering, cracking or showing other signs of wear and tear, it’s time to do over. Repainting your home, in whole or part, is a big job that you should approach carefully. Even a small mistake could end up costing you a lot. Here are some tips on how you can go about repainting your home efficiently and cost effectively:

Choose a Domestic House Painter

Technically, you can try DIY repainting. While something like repainting a bedroom is easy, doing the whole house is not that easy. Keep in mind that recoating the house is a time consuming and arduous job. Some of it is best left to the professionals if you don’t want to risk mistakes. You should seriously consider hiring a professional house painter, especially one from your local area.

Choose the Right Type of Paint

There are different types of paint that you can choose for the interior and exterior of your home. For the interior, you may want to choose a durable paint in the colors you want. However, for the exterior, you may want to buy paint that is durable, weatherproof, and less prone to issues like cracking. For certain rooms, like the kitchen, you may want to choose type of paint that is mold resistant. Choosing the right type of paint is important for avoiding having to recoat your home the next year. For professional advice, you should call your painters in Cheltenham so you can get a better understanding of what you will need.

Prime the Walls before Starting

Painted walls can look blotchy, uneven, or distorted if you started repainting a wall with problems like cracks and holes. So, it’s very important to even out the texture of a wall before the painting begins. If the wall has porous fillers, they will absorb the paint and create and unsightly problem called surface flashing. You should use primer coats to eliminate this effect. Use prime seals over patches, and make sure the texture is not bumpy. Priming with a roller is more suitable for evening out the texture.

Paint in Order

Proper paint jobs follow an order. If you hire a professional they will do this without any help. However, it’s important to know that walls should be painted trim first, ceiling second and the actual walls last. This is the easiest way to taper off parts and avoid color mixing. Also, painting the trim is easy. You can paint the trim liberally without worrying about paint spilling over to the wall area. Then when you paint the walls, you can be careful not to get paint on the trim, which is easier. You must wait at least 24 hours after painting the trim and the ceiling to start working on the walls.

You should also clean all dirty surfaces on walls before starting. Not only does this prevent blemishes, it also helps paint bond well once you are done.

Keep above tips in mind when repainting your home to keep costs low and make the paint job last as long as it should.

 

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