Painting and decorating is an art, and one that takes years of practice to master. Like any other trade, there is a right and a wrong way of doing things, and with that in mind, here are some important aspects to bear in mind if you are going to repaint your interior.
- Preparing the Walls – Ask any master painter and he’ll confirm that the secret to quality painting is the preparation. Prior to painting, the wall should be prepared by filling any holes with poly filler, then sanding the wall down and finally giving it a good brush off. Only then is it ready for painting, and if you aren’t so confident with a paintbrush, there are affordable painter and decorators in Westerham who would be happy to quote for the project.
- The Right Equipment – You will need good quality paintbrushes (2 or 3 sizes), a paint roller and tray, mixing buckets, a scraper, sandpaper and a pair of stepladders. Brushes must be thoroughly cleaned after each use, and emulsion can be cleaned with water, while a gloss paint requires white spirit as a cleaning solution. The same goes with the roller, which should be rinsed in water until there are no traces of paint left on the roller, which might take a while.
- Several Coats – When applying emulsion onto an interior wall, you might need to apply 2 or even 3 coats, whilst allowing for each coat to dry before applying the next.
- Adequate Protection – Ideally, you would be painting an empty room, in which case, you only need to protect the floor, but if there is furniture in the room, cover everything with old bedsheets, which will stop paint from staining your furniture.
Take your time and work methodically from top to bottom, which should result in a professional application.