DIY Painting Tips

Painting Tip 1. Buy top quality paint when you can. It will apply better, last longer and be so much easier to clean. Instead of painting every 5 years, you will only be painting every 10 years.

Painting Tip 2. Preparation… Preparation is the key to everything. This is where you want to pay the most attention and where you should be spending the most time with your project. Use quality fillers and give them plenty of time to dry and then spend the time for proper sanding. It will all pay off in the final look, especially where you are using gloss paints.

Painting Tip 3. Brushes and Rollers! Don’t skimp on the brushes and rollers that you are going to use. Cheap brushes and cheap roller covers, will you give you a cheap looking finish. Buy the best you can afford, and if you wash them properly, they will last you for many DIY painting jobs.

Painting Tip 4. Mold. If you have mold problems, which will normally happen in wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries. You will need to treat the walls of the room with a mold killer, or household bleach will do the trick too. Wipe down all the walls, not just the areas where there are visible mold spores. Once you are finished make sure you wipe everything down with clean water.

Painting Tip 5. Not sure if you have water based or oil based paint on your walls? There is a simple test to find out. Put some methylated spirits on a cloth and rub it over the paint. If you get color on the cloth, then the paint is water based, if you don’t get any color then it is an oil based paint.

I hope you have found these DIY painting tips useful.