Tips For Interior and Exterior Painting

Painting a home can seem overwhelming but College Works Painting is here to make the process easier.

The first element of a quality paint job is having the right tools. There is a difference between the materials that are used indoors and those that are used outdoors. Each is suited for the various surfaces that are painted. Using painter’s tape can help to provide clean, crisp lines and protect surfaces. When choosing a tape for indoor use, make sure it has EdgeLock technology. When choosing tape for outdoor use, make sure that it can withstand sun, wind, and moisture, and is designed for use on outdoor surfaces.

Pay attention to the thickness of the roller, also known as the nap. A thicker nap is useful for rough surfaces such as stucco. It will help to ensure even distribution of paint across the textured surface, getting into each crack and crevice. It will also save time and frustration that a thinner roller may cause.

Choosing the right type of paint is also important. Outdoor surfaces are made of many different materials and have varying textures. Certain paints are geared toward use on specific materials. The label may indicate use on wood, metal, masonry, or stucco. Reading the label to ensure proper usage can help to make sure the paint adheres to the surface and creates a professional look. Using the wrong paint may mean that it does not stick, or wears away with exposure to weather.

Priming and sealing wood before painting can help to improve the outcome of painting. When the backboard is protected from moisture, it will “prevent bloating and cracking once new woodwork is applied.” Make sure to use paint appropriate for woodwork before beginning a project.

When working indoors, there are other factors to consider. Large surfaces often fall victim to uneven paint distribution. Painting in an “X” or “W” pattern can help to even out the paint and prevent buildup where strokes overlap. Start in the middle and work toward the exterior edges using light brush strokes. If an area is not finished, rather than washing brushes, place them in a plastic bag in the freezer until the next day. Remove them approximately 15 minute prior to beginning painting the next day and they are ready for use. It will not only save time, but water use as well.

 

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