We’re pros, and we do painting, but not every job calls for a professional painter. While we usually paint as part of a remodeling process or new install, painting a wall or two that you can fairly easily reach doesn’t require a contractor.
If you think you need a Kansas City area painter, make sure to ask yourself if you can do the job first. Can you reach the entire area that needs painting? Do you have time to finish painting? Are you willing to purchase the supplies that you will need in the quantity that you will need them?
If you decide to proceed, remember that successful painting usually comes down to the preparation and the supplies used. Before painting, it is imperative to make sure that you have everything you will need. These may include:
- Paint brushes, angled and squared
- Paint tray and rollers with appropriate nap (fibers)
- A steplader
- A screwdriver for electrical outlet plates
- Extension pole for the roller, where needed
- Plastic tarp for the floor and furniture
- Rags for cleanup and touch-ups
- Painters tape
- Paint! Preferably low-fume paint
First, take everything that isn’t being painted off of the walls, and start by patching any holes and giving the areas to be painted a wipe down. Dirt and grime will leave an odd finish if painted over, so try not to leave any on the walls. Tape off trim, ceilings and corners with caution, and use the best painters tape you can afford (it will peel off much more easily at project’s end). Move furniture if possible, and place a tarp over the rest. You can be sure that paint will be spilt at some point! Make sure to leave time for any sealing putty to dry before you start actually painting.
Next, make sure to properly ventilate and light the space. Breathing paint fumes is not generally a healthy activity, so make sure to place a fan blowing the fumes out of the house or wear a proper mask/breathing equipment if that’s not possible. If the space doesn’t have adequate lighting, make sure to use something like a shop light so that you don’t miss any spots and can be sure that the paint is drying evenly.
Now for the actual application of the paint. Start at the edges and work your way inside from the corners. Your brushes will help you get the areas that the roller can’t reach – rollers aren’t designed for tight spaces. Make sure to go easy on the paint with the brushes at the corners, you don’t want to use too much and allow it to run down the wall.
Use the roller to paint the wide, smooth lines that offer a clean and even finish. For heavily textured walls, you’ll want to use a roller with a thick nap (roller texture), whereas smooth walls require nearly no nap. Apply painting in thick strokes and covering as much as possible while applying even pressure. Pushing too hard can cause running and dripping. Don’t worry if you don’t get the entire wall in one go, you’ll need to apply two or three coats before it will be finished. Just make sure to let the paint dry in between applications!