Let me begin by saying that I’m NOT a professional painter, but I do have a lot of interest in painting walls, and I HAVE painted walls. So I guess I can say I do know how to paint. One of my friend from college is pretty much into this kind of stuff. Stuff like false roofings, amazing clock structures, lighting, wall decorations and so on. So with some of his help, I managed to paint the walls of my room (just paint, no decoration!).
So over the experience, there are some things which you should keep in mind.
1. Use masking tape
If you are new to this, it is better to get some masking tape on the edges of the parts of the wall where you do not want to get paint on. Most of the times, if only one wall of the room is being painted, this masking tape is put up on the edges of the walls which are not going to be painted. This can be done in order to cover up small mistakes while painting. Make sure the wall has an even surface before applying the tape.
2. Make sure the surface of the wall is even
With the help of sandpaper, rub out the areas that have outward cracks. Rub these parts gently as they might sometimes result in forming a rougher surface.
Cracks which are inwards can be filled with a wall putty. This might seem unnecessary to a couple of careless ones. But sometimes, when you peel the masking tape off, uneven surfaces can let the old paint come off along with the tape. (I already made that mistake, now I’ve to repaint patches of the walls.)
As you can see, this happened while removing the tape because I hadn’t made the surface even initially.
3. Getting along with paint
Using either a roller paint brush or just a usual paintbrush is up to you but if you’re painting over a large area, roller paint brush is obviously a better choice. Now, if you’re painting the wall with a color of higher intensity compared to the previous paint, it will be better to stick to a paintbrush. A paintbrush definitely consumes more time, but it is more effective.
I wanted to paint my light blue walls white. I started off with a roller brush. Even after the second coating of white, the previous paint patches could be seen. Only after the third coating with the roller brush, it was satisfactory. For the next wall that I painted, I only used the paintbrush which actually felt easier and did not take so much time as I expected.
4. Protect yourself
We all know that the smell of paint is harmful, so it’s, of course, essential for us to cover up our noses. But it’s definitely more essential to protect our eyes while painting. Please wear a pair of goggles before beginning.
Put on rubber gloves. While painting, I got this amazing idea to only put on one glove on. I put it on my left hand as I used it for most of the work. But for some minute works, I had to use my other hand. After I finished, I felt that my right hand had turned rough. So don’t avoid putting on rubber gloves.
5. While using a paintbrush…
Never dip the paintbrush completely into the paint. Just dip about 1/3rd of it in order to avoid paint dropping down. A paintbrush is usually only used for “cutting in” corners and edges of the wall, while smoothening do it in only one direction and never press the brush too hard against the wall. This is termed as ‘feathering’.
6. Removing the tape
Do not immediately remove the tape after the painting. Wait for at least an hour and then proceed with it. While removing, if you’re slow, there are chances of the adhesive sticking to the wall… but if you’re fast, you might end up removing small patches of the old paint. So take time, do it patiently but steadily.
(If you observed that the lines aren’t straight, you’re right!!)