Interior painting requires proper attention to the materials chosen, surface preparation and painting details prior to painting your rooms. What appears to be the simple decisions surrounding what type of paint and/or primer, what finish or sheen you want, the color of the paint, and how much paint you will need to paint a room can involve many critical decisions to get the proper paint application and look you want. The condition of your existing surface, including what type of paint is already on the surface, the repairs and the surface preparation work before painting must be accounted for.
Most of the time will certainly be spent on surface preparation for a quality paint job. Actually applying the appropriate primer and paint becomes an easy task, and results are long lasting and superior, if the proper preparation of the surface is done. The prep work required may include cleaning, scraping, sanding, wall repair, glazing, plastering, and other procedures. Thus the condition of your existing paint and surfaces must be considered per whether one can paint on the existing surface, what prep work and primer are required, as well as the amount of primer and paint to purchase, i.e. the number of coats of primer and paint to be applied so defects do not show through. Final prep work prior to painting includes using masking tape to edge out window and frames, etc., preparing the brushes, rollers, and containers so no loose fibers end up applied to your paint coat, and spreading adequate drop clothes to prevent drips or spills from becoming a problem.
Deciding on the primer coat type, whether water based or acrylic, depends on what needs to be covered up so the color and finish you want is exactly what results. If you are going to paint with oil based paint over a latex paint or vice versa, your prep work and primer as well as your paint’s color and level of gloss all have to be chosen carefully so they do not create problems. The type of paint typically involves choosing oil based or latex based, typically to match what you already have on your walls. Paint choice also includes the gloss or sheen desired, with the most sheen being high gloss paint on down the line to semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, and then flat and matt finishes having the least sheen. Each finish type has their advantages and disadvantages.
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For instance the more gloss to the paint the easier it is to clean, and the more light reflected or sheen and the more defects in your wall due to poor prep work or lack of primer can show up. While color matching is made easier by the computer color mixing that most paint stores now have, it is a good idea to mix all your like colored paint into one container so that all paint applications do not vary in shade. The paint brush work in corners and edges is done first, and then the roller painting is done. This roller finish then covers most of the brush finish and makes for a smoother and more even application. 1-3 coats of paint may be required to achieve the color, finish and look that is desired. A good paint job will pay attention to the details of prep work and painting so that the look you want is achieved and lasts.