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Yes, you can! Hiring a painter can be costly especially if you are doing only one room. With a few tips and proper preparation anyone can paint a room. Now there is time before the weather gets warm to do some in-house jobs.

Preparation is half the job. With proper preparation painting will go smoothly with lasting results. No preparation or the wrong preparation can be disastrous. First, dust the ceiling and wash the walls. Use a simple cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap®. Use a large sponge and clean from the floor to ceiling, changing water frequently. Let dry overnight.

Don’t put a different type of paint over another without sanding first. Latex can’t go directly over oil-based and vice versa. You can test easily. Soak a white cloth in rubbing alcohol, rub on an out of the way spot. If the paint softens and comes off in the cloth it is water based. Sand, then wipe away the dust with a tack cloth. Here it will be necessary to use a primer. Make sure it is the same composition (oil or latex) as the paint you are going to use. Fill holes with spackle, let dry then sand smooth. Cover baseboards with paper taped on with painter’s tape.

Choosing the paint is the next most important thing. Take your time to choose the right color. Most paint stores will sell sample jars. Take a few home, paint a foam board and move it around the room to see in different lights. Make sure it is dry. Paint looks quite different wet to dry. Home Depot even has an app you can download. You can take a picture then see the room in any color you choose. It’s called Project Color™ App. Next, make sure to purchase enough paint for the job. It’s impossible to exactly match paint. One gallon for every 400 square feet is recommended. Choose a paint with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOC heavy paints can release toxic gas into the air for years. Look for paints with the green seal. Satin finishes are usually best.

Remove light switches and outlet covers. Make sure to tape the screws to them and tape over the outlet and switches to protect from spatters. Use a two-inch brush to “cut in” the room. You are basically outlining the wall to prepare for rolling. Using painter’s tape will ensure a perfect line but is time consuming, use it if you don’t have a steady hand. Taking your time here will ensure a professional result. Natural bristle brushes are best for oil based paints. Use nylon for water based. Foam brushes are basically for one use for window sashes and molding.  Use a roller that has 3/8-inch nap or less. Roll a small amount on the roller and roll up and down in straight even strokes. Get as close to covering the cut in areas as you can. If you need to take a break wrap the brushes and rollers in foil and refrigerate, no need to clean and they’ll be ready for you to resume.

Let paint dry 24 hours before bringing furnishings back in. the paint will also need 15-30 days to cure before washing or wiping can be done with no damage. A little time and preparation can save you hundreds of dollars.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:15 AM by Dean's Team


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