The inside of your home gets a lot of wear and tear and your wall surfaces will begin to show signs of their age with fading, scratches, dents, and other damage that will make the interior look not so great. Here are some considerations to help you get a successful paint application in your home.
Prepare the Surfaces
First, start off by cleaning your existing walls to remove dirt and debris. Oils from fingerprints and body contact can make a slippery surface on your walls where the paint won't adhere properly. In the kitchen, cooking oils and grease can collect on the walls and the ceiling, so it is imperative you clean with a good degreaser and wipe them off fully. And just because the walls in your home are vertical surfaces does not mean they are not going to collect dust and hair because they will.
If you are painting a wall that has been patched with plaster mud, you need to sand the surface of the walls and the plaster first to remove any ridges and bumps. These imperfections are going to stand out even more obvious once you paint over them, so make sure you smooth it well. You can use a fine-grit sandpaper to sand it by hand or use a sanding pole to reach high spots.
Use Quality Materials
The second consideration you need to follow is to always use quality products and tools in your painting project. Doing so will make a huge difference in the look of the finished product and will also make your painting project an easier one.
Look for a good quality angled brush that is made of good bristles, which won't fall out while you are painting. An angled brush is good for painting along the edges and cutting in on an accent wall, for example, and will make a big difference in how easy the application is.
Also be sure you get a good quality painter's tape if you are going to mask off edges and other areas. Don't use masking tape, but look for a professional painters tape to use. This type of paint is going to stick well to the surfaces and not leave behind any sticky residue when you tear it off, and you can leave it in place for days and weeks without worrying about it being hard to remove like masking tape can. And painters tape is also not going to warp and bubble up when it gets wet with paint, which will give your paint a clean edge.
If you're not sure about your painting abilities, reach out to a residential painting professional to take care of it for you.