Simply changing the colour of the paint is one of the most common DIY projects that homeowners choose to execute on their own. Adding a new coat of paint to your walls may seem easy, however, there are professional secrets few amateurs are aware of. If you are hoping to step-up your painting game, here are a few expert tips that will allow for a much better DIY result.
Invest in Quality Paint
The quality of the paint you’ll be using on those walls is equally important. Making a compromise with paint quality could affect coverage and the evenness of the end result. You don’t want splotchy and patchy applications, which is why you shouldn’t settle for the most affordable option out there.
High quality paints are easy to work with, they’re very economical and they guarantee stellar coverage. The results will last a long time and there may be added benefits like washability to remove stains and spills with water and soap.
Inspect the Condition of Your Walls
Always check the current state of your walls is probably one of the most important prerequisites for the successful completion of the project. Obviously, a new HDB BTO flat will be very easy to paint because the walls feature very few (if any) cracks and chips. Such issues, however, will need to be addressed in an older apartment.
Examples include, crumbling plaster will be an issue. Large dents will also need to be filled out. In some instances, the situation can be so dire that the old paint will have to be removed and some spackling will be required before painting can commence.
Opt for Tinted Primer Painting
Primer is especially important for older walls that have been spackled and filled out with a new product. These procedures make the walls smooth but they can produce patches that are bound to look different from the rest of the wall. In these instances, the use of primer is a must. White primer is a common choice but this one can fail covering the patches. Tinted primer underneath the paint will usually deliver much better results.
Dealing with Lap Marks
Lap marks are a very annoying problem that will often show up in DIY projects. These unsightly straps appear whenever the paint layers are uneven and overlapping to produce buildup in some spots.
You are very likely to get lap marks if you paint over a layer that is already partially dry.
Hence, you need to maintain a wet edge. In other words, the overlap between layers has to occur before the paint has gotten a chance to dry. Start at the edge and move the roller up and down from floor to ceiling. Long strokes are essential and if possible, cover the full length of the wall in one or a few smooth moves. Move over slightly with each stroke. The goal here is to do the entire wall in one go, preventing a dry gap from occurring while you’re taking a break.
While you have all the tips at your fingertips, you may not have the actual experience to execute a flawless paintjob. That is where you can reach out to interior design professionals such as Dreamakers Interior. We guarantee stellar outcomes and competitive prices that most Singaporean households can count on. Contact us down below today for a free consultation to make your dream home a reality.
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