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Interior and Commercial Painting Tips

Painting gives a bright brand new look to a room or building. Some tips on painting both interior and exterior for your home and commercial buildings will help you do the job right with less room for errors. Another point is the tips will help you decrease the chances of sloppy paint jobs due to lack of preparation.

Interior Painting

When you decide to paint a room you need to know the size of the room and how many cans of paint you will need. This is important, but let us focus on the actual preparation for painting a room.

Preparation

First step is first, make sure that the walls are clean and dry. Wash the interior walls with soap and water and make sure that all the wall surfaces are dry to the touch. Get masking tape, you can use duct tape too, and make sure that you tape around all light switches and plug outlets. You will also have to tape around window frames and door frames. If the room you are painting has floor boards you will need to tape the edges of these too. This is to prevent any paint from splattering on those surfaces. Cover the floor with a drop cloth or an old bed sheet to catch paint as it falls. It is not a good idea to use plastic because this can cause you to slip.

Painting the interior

Now that your preparations are complete it is time to start painting. We will cover both the brush and the roller. First we will cover the roller. Place a roller pan on the floor, that is now covered with a drop cloth. Pour just a little paint enough to be able to roll the paint roller in. Then you remove the excess paint by rolling it towards you, or away from you depending on which way the pan is facing. Use equal pressure and use straight up and down motions to cover the area. Using smooth rolling strokes at equal intervals will make for a neat paint job. Just continue this same process until the entire surface is painted equally. The brushes should be used to paint corners with ease. Make sure you dip the paint brush in the rolling pan and wipe the excess off on the pan. The brush motion should be up and down or left and right depending on the direction. For an example painting the top of the wall corner under the ceiling, that should have tape on the ceiling, you use left to right even strokes.

Exterior Painting

the preparations are done exactly the same way except you will be taping off window sills and door frames, and you will cover the windows to prevent paint from being splattered on them. You can use a roller too but the preferred painters tool for exterior is the paint gun. Make sure you use equal side to side, continuous spraying motions. Remember exterior painting can effect other people make sure you are aware of your surroundings while painting.

Cleaning

When done the cleaning and maintenance of your painters tools are important. Always have two buckets ready one filled with detergent and water and the other to rinse. Make sure you squeeze the excess paint off of the paint brushes and rollers. Then wash the paint brushes and rollers off .

Once they are washed rinse them off in the rinse bucket filled with just water till they are clean. Always keep your rollers and brushes cleaned. This will prevent you from buying new ones every time you paint. Take the paint sprayer apart to make sure that all parts are clean and then air dry with a power air hose, or you will have to wash and dry thoroughly to keep the sprayer in working condition.

There is a lot of preparation and work that goes into a painting job. If you follow these steps both before and after, you will always paint just like a professional.