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Interior Painting Tips

Interior Painting Tips

Supreme Painting in Texas gets called on for a lot of different painting jobs. In some cases, we are painting a whole new building from top to bottom as part of new construction. In other cases, we are helping someone revitalize the local storefront. We might be putting a new coating on a home as part of exterior painting or we might be staining a deck. Besides just doing the job, we educate our customers along the way. There are some things customers want to do on their own and there are some things that it makes a lot of sense to do on their own. When it comes to painting a mural on a craft room wall or going through different interior decorating motifs as part of a way to avoid cabin fever from setting in over the winter, it helps to know professional tips and tricks to help you get the job done faster and better.

  • First, start with borders. When painting walls, ceilings, or doors, work your way from the outside in, painting a two to three inch border around each edge and corner.
  • Once the border has been painted, us a seven or nine inch roller to fill in the middle. Start from the middle and work out toward the edges. Cover one square yard at a time, preventing paint from drying between each swipe.
  • It is usually best to paint the ceiling and then the walls.
  • Put a little less paint on the brush or roller cover when painting the ceiling.
  • With cabinets, start from the less visible inside and sides and work your way toward the most visible parts
  • With paneled doors, paint the panels first and then the broader areas.
  • Make sure to be careful when painting around windows. You do not want to have the paint gather and dry around the seams of the sash causing the window to get stuck. The same is true when painting around doors and door frames. Leave the door open to dry. If the doors are closed and paint touches it has a chance to dry together, get stuck, etc. In fact, with windows, doors, and cabinets, it might be a good idea to remove the doors and other hardware and lay them out and paint them and let the complete dry before reassembling them.
    Paint Brush Tips

  • Pre-wet a paint brush with water when using latex paint
  • Pre-wet a paint brush with mineral spirits if using a oil-based paint
  • Don’t just dab the tips of the bristles in paint, dip in about 1/3 to ½ of the brush bristles and wipe against edge of the paint can
  • Never apply with the edge of the brush, just the broad side
  • These are the sorts of things that an experience painting contractor knows to do. That includes things like painting with the wood grain. You want to be careful not to stroke the paint too much with the brush when using latex paint. On the other hand, with oil based paints, stroking the paint more can actually help improve the finish.

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