Most people with a strong sense of doing things themselves have long known the basics they have to consider when painting walls. Everyone is familiar with tarpaulin and painter’s crepe, and the fact that paint must be carefully stirred before it can be applied is also an open secret. A few additional tips, for example, on the proper storage of paint residues or on painting techniques, especially when whitening, can only improve the results of the painter’s ambitions on your own.
1. Choose the Right Primer
Anyone who uses painted walls instead of wallpaper should do preparatory work with a primer. This makes it easier to apply paint to the wall with better coverage and more evenly afterward. Particularly when whitening or painting dark walls lighter, primers make the work much easier. A water-based primer can make bumps disappear on an unfinished plasterboard wall. On the other hand, cladding or paneling should be pre-painted with an oil-based primer, just like walls, where water damage or fire residues should disappear under the new wall paint.
2. First Test the Color to Be Painted
Not sure what color is on the walls? A small test provides clarity. Simply soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and apply it to a small area on the wall. If there is any paint residue on the cotton wool, it is latex paint. Oil paint may also have been used less frequently. In this case, no color particles remain on the cotton ball. In this case, however, a primer should be used, which is also made on an oil basis.
3. Apply the First Coat of Paint Correctly
Whether primer or the thinned first layer when painting dark-to-light: to avoid water stains or marks on the strips, it helps apply the first layer in M or W shapes. The paint should not be applied too thick or too wet, and it should be allowed to dry completely before the second pass.
4. Avoid Overlapping Spots
It is well known that walls should be painted from top to bottom and bottom to top in one go. This avoids ugly marks left by the rollers. The well-dried primer, applied in an M-shape, also helps prevent overlapping stains. These arise, for example, when a web has already started to dry. Latex paint, in particular, sometimes dries within seconds. If the next strip is not applied quickly enough or a smartly painted primer is not used, these overlaps can later shine through the paint. The color strips should be applied quickly and always overlap each other.
5. Do Not Washout Brushes and Paint Rollers
If you can’t manage a project in one day or if you want to make small corrections the next day, you don’t necessarily need to wash out the rollers and brushes. If you paint with latex paint, you can pack the utensils in plastic bags or wrap them with aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator overnight. This is because colder temperatures keep latex paint elastic and moist. However, you have to warm up the painting utensils completely before the next use.
6. Don’t Skimp on Quality
When painting, you should know the surface and use the right utensils. Last but not least, this also includes the color.