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Winter House Painting Tips

Exterior home remodel prep

Prepping a home for painting

When painting the exterior of a home in Winnipeg, homeowners should consider painting during the summer months. This is when the temperature of the surface to paint and the air to dry the paint are optimal. Also a homeowner should keep in mind that fillers and primers need warm temperatures. If considering painting a house in the winter, a homeowner should, if at all possible, reconsider. There are many things that will work against someone who paints their home in the winter. Read More

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Tips for Interior Painting

Paint Prepping

Man prepping for paint

There are several reasons why interior painting is one of the most popular DIY home improvement projects. Winnipeg homeowners will find that a fresh coat of interior paint is a relatively fast way to give the interior portions of their home a quick makeover and a fresh look. It’s one of the most affordable home improvement projects and it doesn’t require a lot of special training, although experience does help. But basically anyone can learn how to put an acceptable coat of paint on the walls. It can be a great way to launch a new color scheme for a room or prepare for new seasons or furnishings. Interior painting just requires some patience and practice. Here are a few house painting tips for the Winnipeg homeowner who is ready to finish up an interior painting project successfully.

Always Prepare the Surface

This is one step that anyone who is doing their own interior painting will be inclined to skip; but don’t do it. Preparing the surface is almost as important as painting if the outcome is going to be successful and aesthetically pleasing. If interior painting is done over dirty or oily surfaces the paint will not cover the wall well and paint will soon begin to chip or peel. It is important to use a cleaner that is manufactured to properly clean the surface to be painted. Cleaning the surfaces properly will help the adhesion of the paint that is to be applied. The cleaner should be wiped on using a circular motion and a lint free cloth. Start at the bottom of the walls and work up to the top portion. Once the surface is clean, repair any holes or nicks and then sand them until they are smooth before beginning to paint. No matter how good the paint is that is used for interior painting, it will not be good enough to hide flaws if they are not properly prepared. Always remember to protect your hands with gloves and wear adequate protection to protect the eyes.

When to use Primer

Many forget how important it is to prime the surface. No matter what type of interior painting is being completed, primer is a must. It is especially important if the new coat of paint is being applied over new drywall or if trying to cover a dark color. But it is just plain smart to prime any surface that is being painted. Primer is important for three reasons. The first one is that it will block any stains from being able to bleed through the newly applied paint. Secondly, it will provide a solid foundation so that only one coat of paint has to be applied. And the third benefit of applying primer is that it will help improve the adhesion of the paint. This means that the chances of the paint peeling or blistering are greatly reduced. Sometimes a primer is tinted by mixing a little bit of the paint being used for the topcoat with the primer. This is a nice trick that ensures the topcoat will completely cover and hide the primed surface.

Use a Drop Cloth Instead of Plastic

No matter how careful a person paints, it is inevitable that here will be spills or splatters. It is a whole lot easier to put down a drop cloth in anticipation of spills than to try to clean the spills out of a carpet or off a wood floor. Canvas drop cloths are relatively cheap and they will stay in place so that they do not have to be taped down. Another benefit is that they can be used to cover any type of surface that needs protection. They are well worth the minimal expense.