How to Paint Like a Pro
One easy way to make your house looks as good as new is painting. Many people might find painting difficult or see it as something that only professional painters can manage. As the matter of fact, we can do it ourselves with just a couple of essential techniques we need to know. If you are ready, let’s grab some painting tools, choose your favorite colors and let’s paint like a pro!
In order to get a beautiful finish, we must start well from the beginning. Preparing the surface is the first thing we need to do, however, we have to deal with each surface differently. If you are painting over the already painted wall, you need to clean the wall using sandpaper and then fill in the cracks with fillers. But if the wall is new, you must make sure the concrete is completely dry. As for wooden surface, the excising colors must be sanded off and the dust must be cleared, in order for the new paint to last longer. Most importantly, areas you wish protect from paint stain also need to be covered.
Before painting, you need to prime the whole wall with primer to prepare the surface. Primer helps binding paint to the wall and as a result, paint would not be easily cracked. In addition, primer also prevents any direct chemical reactions between the surface and topcoat that may occur. Choosing primer that is fungi resistant as well as stain resistant is strongly recommended.
There are mainly 2 types of topcoats; acrylic and enamel, each hold different characteristics. Acrylic paint is water-soluble, fast-drying paint which is suitable for painting on concrete. On the other hand, enamel uses thinner and oil as solvent and suitable for painting wood or metal. Both paints are available for interior and exterior usage.
As for the steps, start painting the edges of the wall first and then continues with middle part of the wall by moving paint roller downward from top to bottom. Don’t forget to cover the edges of the doors and windows with masking tape at the beginning, to avoid messing up those areas. However, it is best to avoid painting on the masking tape because the paint could bleed through the tape onto the covered surface. To get a smooth finish, you may repaint the wall up to 2-3 coats but always make sure that the first coat is completely dry beforehand. Please note that you should never go over 5 coats since the paint would be too thick and easily fall off.