Here are a few tips that should help you out if you want to tackle a project by yourself. Remember, we’re here if you get into trouble or if you just don’t want to deal with the hassle. But if you want to have a go at it, read our other helpful tips.
Surfaces to be painted should be clean and completely free of dust, particles, etc. Make sure to thoroughly sand surfaces-you cannot sand enough-even the slightest ripple or texture can cause an annoying seam. When you think you’ve sanded enough, sand it once more. Then completely inspect it to make sure all dust is removed. Now your primer coat is ready.
A dirty work area is never a good thing. When it comes to painting, a clean, organized work area is mandatory. Use a drop cloth over the entire room. You’d be amazed how paint can travel away from where you are working. Spilled drinks or smudges can destroy all of your hard work. Loose garbage can blow into a wall and potentially force moisture or dirt between the wall or siding. Make sure the area is completely dry.
As professionals we are able to keep large stocks of paint and custom color mixtures. Down the road you may want to touch up or paint an area again. As you are doing this yourself and don’t likely do it too often, buy enough to allow for mistakes. A new coat of paint can peel or chip, and you might not find that mixture you chose at a later date if the paint store doesn’t carry or make it anymore.
And it can save you from making annoying, time consuming, and even costly mistakes. Tape all corners, seems, sills and anywhere you want a crisp even line. This way if your brush goes out of bounds, you don’t get a smudge. With careful hands removing the tape, your line will be perfect.