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What You Need to Know about Commercial Painting
You have finally purchased – or built- the house of your dreams. And, after days of painstaking planning, you are now ready to start the painting. Sure, you can call in professional painters, but if you are eager to leave your mark on the space, then painting is a great way to do so.
However, not every one of us have been taught to paint like a pro. Consequently, the finished results can include paint on the ceiling, drips on the floor, wall, or trim, or perhaps you might think that the painters tape is not necessary. But all of these risks can be overcome if you take the time to apply these tips from professional painters.
- If you are planning to paint a room that is already being used, then the first thing to do is remove all the pieces that can be taken out, and to push the other items into the center of the room, then cover them completely.
- Invest in good quality drop cloths – not cheap sheets of plastic that can be slippery and not absorb drips.
- Remove all hardware, doors, handles etc. so that you don’t have to paint around them.
- In rooms where you are already living, take the time to fill in any cracks, dents, bumps or nail holes. There are variety of products – from plaster of Paris to spackle, painter’s putty or a filler product that will work with the surface being painted.
- Use tinted primer first! Primer can be purchased in a wide range of colors, or you can have the primer tinted at the store.
- Put painter’s tape around window ledges, trim, doorframes, etc. and press it in place with a putty knife to ensure it is firmly in place. After painting, your final coat of paint (will usually be at least 2 coats needed) remove the painter’s tape even if the paint is still wet. This will keep the tape from lifting the paint later after it dries.
- When painting, push the paint to avoid runs. Also, you can eliminate brush and lap marks by adding paint extender (aka paint conditioner) to the paint. It will also slow down the drying process giving you more time to paint without fear of overlapping wet paint on to barely dried paint.
- Finish one wall, before beginning another.
- Use angled brushes for cutting in, and a high quality roller for other areas.
Commercial painters are a rare breed of workers – part scientist, part artist. Their knowledge of just how much primer, how steady to hold the roller and how to blend colors and types of paint for a beautiful finished result is something that comes from years of experience. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot achieve a room that looks great. If you have questions about painting your home or office, talk to pros such as those at Bay Country Painters and learn what it will take to give your home the color you love.
Many websites provide additional information on the topic of painting. One such site worth visiting is www.baycountrypainters.com
Janet Slagell independently authors articles for WebDrafter.com, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.