How to Pick Paint and Prep

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Painting inside can be a difficult and stressful task. Especially if it is your very first time doing so. Aside from picking paint, the painting equipment such as brushes, rollers, roller covers, paint trays, and more can begin to add up. Especially if this is the first time painting, under buying, or even over buying is very common. 

Firstly, there is a wide variety of paints to choose from. There are many different brands, colors, and other variables. It is often recommended to start with a primer on the walls. In scenarios such as a drastic change in color it’s important to use primer. But there are paint options already pre-mixed with primer in it. There are also a few different types of paint finishes to consider. Non-gloss will provide little to no gloss, but can cause some issues with durability. Satin and eggshell paints are another option. They offer a little more gloss, but are considered more durable. Semi-gloss generally only requires one coat, but can more easily show imperfections. Gloss paints normally require a few coats, and have longer drying times. 

Another key factor to consider when painting the interior of your home is the painting equipment. There is a lot of options and variety when it comes to paint equipment. At least one paint brush is required for detail work and places the roller can’t reach. The brush is best for use around the ceiling, windows, molding, and doors. A three inch brush is a good sized brush that is well rounded. Of course painters tape is recommended, to avoid getting paint on things where it doesn’t belong. A paint roller and the handle are also needed. This is for the bulk of the wall. Another thing needed is a paint tray. Plan on buying plastic paint tray liners if you intend to do multiple colors. 

Keeping the mess to a minimum should be a priority. The first step to painting should be to use painters tape. Placing this on all the molding, around the edges of windows, doors, and the ceiling is a good place to start. Next to prevent any dripping paint, which will happen, using something like an old towel or something similar to cover the flooring. Always wear clothes that you don’t mind ruining. The first step should be to “cut” the room. This means using your brush around all the edges. Then going and rolling the rest. Of course without having to deal with all of this hassle, hiring a professional is always an option. A painter Richmond VA will normally cost more than doing it yourself but will save all the work and trouble. Along with that, professionals know how to prevent streaking, and drips. Overall providing a great finished product the homeowner won’t have to worry about. 

There are many decisions that go into painting the interior of your home for the first time. Deciding on colors, the best finish for you personally, and the equipment that is used. But with the right set up and some hard work, can provide a great long lasting product.