Nothing can quickly upgrade a living or working space like a fresh coat of paint. Today, with observing a few fundamentals in preparation and material selection, most DIYs have become skilled at getting professional results. But, if you are among the busy individuals who do not have the time or the patience to push a paint roller up and down a wall for 8 hours, then we would be more than happy to meet with you, discuss your options and provide you with a free estimate.
Selecting the right paint - To make it easy for the non-professional to understand the different categories of paint, we have narrowed the selection down to two common types of paint:
Latex - These are water based paints (most common) which make cleaning bleeds, smears and splatter easy with a moist rag. Tools used in latex applications can also be easily cleaned by using a solution of soap and water. Depending on the ventilation around the painted surface, water based paints can dry rapidly and a second coat can be applies within 2-3 hours of the first application. There are no limitations with the disposal of water based paint containers as they can be placed in your regular waste containers.
Alkyd - These are oil based paints which offer durability and better coverage. Oil based paints take longer to dry and need to be cleaned up with mineral spirits such as paint thiner or turpentine. Oil based paints are petroleum based which causes them to have more odor. Their disposal pose a challenge as most local laws require special handling of the unused paint and their containers.
Colors - Always consider the lighting conditions and the perceived effect you would like to create in a room when selecting a color. Generally speaking, darker colors make a room feel smaller, cozier and closer where lighter colors tend to create a feeling of expansion and space. Always try to narrow down your selection by buying a very small quantity at first. A freshly tinted sample of paint at your local paint store will look different when it is applied to your wall under different lighting conditions.
Primers - Think of primers as bonding elements which help in adhesion of paints to surfaces. In most cases, you do not need to apply a primer to your application, but if you are doing a drastic color change, painting an unfinished surface for the first time or applying an oil based paint to a latex-painted area, then applying a coat of primer can have a significant effect in the outcome of your project.
How much paint do I need?
The quality of the paint plays a significant role in the quantity of paint required for each application. Most manufacturers state the approximate coverage on the labels. Generally speaking, a gallon of premium quality paint will cover a surface area of about 280-320 sq.ft. Simply multiple the length of your wall by the height to calculate the square footage.
Tools - For most interior painting projects, you may use a 3-inch brush for cutting in around windows, doors, edges and ceilings. For smaller surface areas such as trim and other woodwork, you may use a smaller 1-2 inch brush. The larger surface areas such as walls and ceilings can be rolled using a 3/8-inch nap roller. Needless to say, quality tools give quality results. We recommend Wooster or Purdy brands for better results.
If you are planning on placing your home on the market or you are just interested in doing some remodeling or freshening up, just give us a call and we would be more than happy to come by and give you a free estimate.