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Do-it-yourself Painting Tips.

Master Painters of London Ontario
Master Painters of London Ontario

Here are comprehensive DIY interior painting tips from Master Painters of London Ontario. These tips will help you achieve a professional-looking interior finish:

1. Prepare Your Space:

  • Clear the room of furniture and decorations, and cover the floor with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect surfaces from paint spills and splatters. Canvas drop clothes are preferable.
  • Remove or cover light switch plates, outlet covers, and fixtures. Removing them is more work, but preferable.
  • Use painter’s tape to mask off trim, baseboards, and any areas you don’t want to paint. Use frog tape for straighter lines.

2. Gather Your Materials:

  • High-quality paint brushes, rollers, and roller covers are suitable for your project.
  • Paint trays and liners.
  • Paint cans with lids to store any leftover paint.
  • Primer (if necessary) for raw drywall or wood.
  • Paint in your chosen colours and finish (e.g., matte, satin, semi-gloss).
  • Stir sticks and a paint can opener.

3. Choose the Right Paint:

  • Consider the room’s lighting and purpose when selecting colours.
  • Use high-quality paint for a smoother finish and better coverage.
  • If painting over dark colours or with dramatic colour, expect to paint many coats if you choose a lighter colour. 

4. Prep the Walls:

  • Clean dust, dirt, and greasy walls using a mild detergent and water. Rinse and allow to dry completely.
  • Repair any holes or cracks with drywall mud compound and sand the patched areas smoothly. We use a HEPA vacuum sander to reduce dust particulates in the air to zero.
  • Sand glossy surfaces lightly to help the paint adhere. This is very important.

5. Prime (If Necessary):

  • Apply a primer to bare or patched areas or if you’re changing from a dark colour to a lighter one. This helps with paint adhesion and colour consistency.

6. Paint in a Logical Sequence:

  • Start by cutting around the edges of the room using a brush.
  • Roll the main areas using a roller with an extension pole for a smooth and even finish. This will also save your back from bending over frequently.
  • Work in small sections (wall-by-wall), maintaining a wet edge to avoid visible paint lines.

7. Maintain Proper Technique:

  • Use long, even strokes when brushing and rolling to prevent streaks.
  • Feather the paint at the edges and corners for a seamless look.
  • Apply multiple thin coats, allowing each to dry completely before the next. Two coats are always preferable.

8. Reduce Drips and Splatters:

  • Tap the brush or roller against the inside of the paint tray to remove excess paint.
  • Paint with a steady hand to avoid drips, and immediately clean up any spills or splatters.

9. Be Patient and Thorough:

  • Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before applying additional coats.
  • Inspect the walls for missed spots or uneven coverage and touch up as needed.

10. Clean Up:

  • Remove the painter’s tape immediately when the paint is dry to the touch to avoid peeling.
  • Clean brushes, rollers, and other tools with the appropriate solvent.
  • Dispose of paint cans and other materials according to local regulations. In London, Ontario, your local Dulux paint store will take any unwanted paints, lacquers, and thinners for free.

With these comprehensive DIY interior painting tips, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle your painting project and achieve a professional-looking result.

Discover the expertise of Master Painters of London Ontario. We specialize in interiorexterior, and spray painting services. Visit us at www.robertmasters.ca to learn more.