There is a lot to know when it comes to interior home painting in Fort Worth, TX. Many DIYers will try to paint the inside of their home, helping to add a personal touch to the most valuable possession they will ever own. However, without the proper information, training, or experience, what they thought might be a fun way to add color to their lives could end up being a nightmare for homeowners.
One important thing to understand about interior house painting is the difference between different paint finishes. Four major types of paint include flat, gloss, semi-gloss and eggshell. You will likely find variations of each of these types of paint when you are shopping for the colors you want. There certainly is a difference when it comes to the quality of paints, explaining the wide variety of cost between different brands and types. Higher quality paints tend to be more expensive, but they contain things like anti-spattering agents, which means you end up with less spattering when painting. This means the paint sticks together better. It goes on easier and makes less of a mess. This also tends to mean it is easier to clean and stands up better to the test of time. High gloss paint is often referred to simply as gloss paint. It finishes to leave a nice shine.
Often, high gloss paint is used to cover trim and other accents in a home, as the shine on walls can tend to be a bit much. It is also one of the more expensive types of paints, so cost is usually a part of that consideration as well. One of the big drawbacks to high gloss paint is that it shows imperfections better than other types of paints, which could be problematic for walls or trim which have been patched. Satin leaves a nice sheen, but it is not as shiny as high gloss paint. Another term for satin paint is semi-gloss. It is a bit more forgiving with imperfections than high gloss paint and it is usually easier to clean than eggshell or flat paint. Eggshell provides a middle of the road option between smi-gloss and flat paint. It leaves a soft sheen, but is easier to clean than flat paint. Flat paint is just that—flat. It has no shine to it. It often rubs away when scrubbing. One big thing to keep in mind with paint, especially is you have kids, is that there is a big difference between washable and paint that can stand up to scrubbing. Washable paint can be wiped with a damp sponge or cloth, but scrubbing will cause it to tear away. If you do have children in the home, spending the extra money on paint that can be scrubbed is worth it.
When selecting the paint you want for your interior, keep in mind a few things. First, all paint for a room should be purchased at the same time. If you plan on painting several rooms the same color, then you should buy it all at once as well. The reason for this is simple. Even the same paint and color mix from the same manufacturer can change over time. There can also be slight variations between batches. So, if you want the paint to match exactly, it needs to all be from the same batch, mixed the same way. When it comes to color for your home, many people will play it safe and choose white. The truth is that white walls do make a room look bigger, but they do little more than that. White paint is easy to show handprints, crayon, and other imperfections and dirt that can happen when someone actually lives in the house. Other colors can be more forgiving of such things. At the same time, adding certain colors can help set the mood and tone of the room. Some colors give us more energy while others have a calming effect. So, selecting a color that you can enjoy day after day is important; it should definitely be a paint color you like. However, consider the effects of the color on mood as well.
If you plan on painting the entire interior of the house and buy all your paint at once, it is helpful to remember that paint has a limited shelf life once it has been mixed. Most paints should not be stored in temperatures of less than 50 degrees or more than 90 or 95 degrees. Be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to storing paint. The reason for this is that the mixture and different chemicals within the paint can break down at the wrong temperatures, which can leave you with some unusable paint. If you try using paint that has been stored below or above recommended temperatures, you will run into problems. At the same time, if you try applying paint when it is too hot, too cold, or too humid, you can run into problems as well. Professional painters in Fort Worth are familiar with different brands of paints and know the limits of those paints. For those doing a project on their own, it is important to read the literature and ask questions of the manufacturer or their representative if necessary.
Before you start to paint the inside of your home, it is important to make sure you have all the proper tools and carry out the proper prep work. Many people might forget what kind of prep work is necessary before painting walls, which can lead to problems either during the project or after the painting is done. First, be sure to do a thorough inspection of any walls you will be painting. This includes trim. You are looking for holes, dents, and other problems that may require putty, patching, or some other fix. Putting and fix as necessary, being sure to sand everything down and let dry accordingly. Once that has been done, you will want to clean the walls and trim. Usually, soap and water with a washcloth or sponge works just fine for prepping walls for painting. For some spots, you may need to use a de-greaser or cleaner. Without properly cleaning the walls first, the paint will adhere to dirt or dust rather than the wall itself or paint below it. In reality, a good chunk of the time painting is spent doing prep work. So, take your time and do it right. Any dust or debris on the wall could cause the paint to crack and peel.
Prep work also includes taping off areas to avoid painting where you do not want to. This would include covering windows, trim, and other accent paints. Take your time in applying painters tape and be sure to apply it in a straight line. Have someone else look over your work, if possible. If you fail to notice a slight angle or crinkle in the tape, it may not make a big difference until the entire wall is painted and then trying to go back over and correct this flaw can be time consuming and costly.
Before you start lathering walls with your paint color of choice, you do need to prime the walls. Primer goes on walls first, because it helps to seal the wall and provide a smooth surface for paint to adhere to. Today, there are paint and primer in one deal, which work well. However, they have a thick consistency and—because they are trying to do two jobs at once—one bucket will often only last about half as long. Considering that you would otherwise be using one bucket of primer and one bucket of paint to cover the same area, that is not too bad. This can greatly speed up the time it takes to paint a room, which makes it ideal for many looking to do their own interior painting.
Many do it yourself painters make the mistake of rolling paint on and then brushing in the corners. It is better to paint from the corners and then roll. Brush strokes tend to be uneven and rough. By rolling after brushing, you can smooth out the paint better, leaving an evenly painted surface that looks better and more professional. Speaking of rollers, it is a good idea to use tape to clean any fibers off of rollers before dipper them in paint. Failing to do this could mix debris in with the paint and then paint it onto the walls, which can be a bit of a hassle to try and clean up and repair after the fact.
Also, just like professional painting contractors, be sure to have all your tools ready before the job starts. Having to stop in the middle of painting to run out and get something can be problematic. Get extra brushes, drop cloth or plastic, rollers, etc. in the beginning stages, before you ever touch paint to the wall. Grab some roller extension handles so you can avoid having to try and reach difficult areas at precarious angles or continually climb up and down ladders.