8 Things you should know about painting your interior

The quality of paint matters

If your professional painting company is encouraging you to pick the cheapest paint to save a few bucks, then you’re setting yourself up to need a repaint sooner than later. You don’t need the most expensive paint on the market, but a quality paint means you’re getting a more even finish, better adhesion, and extended longevity than the cheaper counterparts.

Tinted primer helps, especially with big color changes

If you’re making a big color change (think dark to light, light to dark, or with bold colors such as plum or scarlet), your professional painter will probably use tinted primer. This helps to cover up the old color and limit the number of coats of the new color. If you hire a professional painting company, you’ll also notice that they often use gray-tinted primers as opposed to white for better hide and more uniform color.

More prep doesn’t necessarily mean faster painting

Sometimes you’ll see a professional painter who doesn’t tape off every inch of the area to be painted. Why is this? When you paint all day everyday like we do, you develop a steady hand for cutting in. If you’re a cutting-in pro the this can save you some time on prep, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp in other areas. Make sure you remove electrical outlets, fill holes and cracks, and use drop cloths.

What is cutting in?

Cutting in is a painting technique used by professional house painters where instead of using tape to make a straight line along ceilings, molding, and adjacent surfaces, they use a steady hand and a paintbrush. When painting an interior, painters use this professional painting technique by flaring the paint bristles and steadily drawing the paint along the edge in a nice, straight line.

Fill all the cracks and holes first

Paint may seem thick enough to cover up some holes and scratches, but this isn’t actually the case. Paint dries as it shrinks, meaning any blemish is highlighted by the contracting paint. Be sure to prime when you have filled cracks and holes otherwise you’ll end up with flashing (where the paint reflects differently off the filled surface).

No gallon of paint is exactly alike

Even though paint mixers are computerized now, it’s still very difficult to get each gallon of paint to perfectlymatch. When you have more than one gallon of paint of the same color,  combine the gallons in a 5-gallon paint bucket to ensure even color.

Finish one wall at a time

You’ve probably heard that you want to keep your paint edges wet when painting your interior. This helps uniformity in the coating and helps ensure there isn’t any flashing (when paint reflects differently off certain parts of the wall based on inconsistent paint strokes).

Use canvas drop cloths

If you’ve ever painted your home using plastic drop cloths, you’ve probably had the experience of stepping into wet drips and tracking them over your floor. Canvas drop cloths are more absorbent so there’s less of a risk of tracking paint (unless it’s a large spill). Plus the cloths are heavier so they don’t move with every step.