We’re honored to have a special guest help post a few tips on interior painting. The guys at Nashville Painters have several years experience providing mostly interior and exterior residential painting. Although they have received recognition for their commercial painting work, they’re best known for the residential painting that they do. Here’s what we gathered from our interview with Nashville Painters on interior painting tips.
Painting Over Dark Walls
It’s not uncommon for a person painting their home to use a primer before painting over dark walls. This of course is the obvious answer and probably the best idea if you’re new to painting, however it isn’t always necessary. Chuck has been painting in Nashville for over 30 years and he says that using several coats of the color you like can do just as much as a prime coat. In some cases (depending on how dark the original color is) you may be able to save a few bucks by not using a prime coat. Chuck works on multi-million dollar home improvement projects in Green Hills, TN. In most cases with much larger home improvement projects it’s much safer to use a prime coat, however by using a high quality paint product you can bypass the primer and save time and money.
If you aren’t totally familiar with the walls of your home (such as the case when you just move into a house), a decent way to spot imperfections would be to take a sanding block to the walls (usually a 120 grit sanding block or less would work fine). This will scuff up the walls a little which will expose imperfections and also help with adhesion of your new paint coat. By exposing the imperfections you can also patch up holes and scratches where needed. A primer won’t always cover up imperfections, so this is a pretty safe bet when it comes to painting and repairing walls.
Painting Dark Colors onto Walls
Nelson at Nashville Painters is their interior painting expert. He’s been a painter since he was a kid (which is 20 years of painting experience). The tip that he gives us is that when painting on dark colors, you should be sure to be prepared to apply several coats. It’s important that you use a 1/4″ roller for this because when you use a thick roller it can cause imperfections in your paint. What occurs is when you have a larger roller, you’ll wind up applying a much thicker coat with each roll. These can lead to drips, fat lines, inconsistent looking lines and all kinds of paint imperfections.
When you roll over your walls, be sure to apply one light coat to every wall in the room. Make sure your first coat is dry before applying the next coat. When applying a light coat, make sure that the wall is completely covered in paint (you don’t want any light spots). Then apply your second coat and sometimes even a third or fourth coat (depending on how dark the paint is and the quality of that paint.
Imperfections show easily when you have natural light coming into the room. It’s best to paint during the day when you can spot these imperfections and take care of them right away. Nelson also says that cutting your edges and corners with dark paint may take two coats or more. This should be done before applying a roller to the wall, but if you happen to use a roller first it won’t be a big problem.
Little Known Painting Facts
If you’re thinking about painting your house on your own, keep in mind that professional painters actually get a discount on paint. After purchasing supplies and paint, you might actually end up spending more money than you would by hiring a professional paint contractor!
When it comes to painting dark colors, buying high quality paint is important, so you’re probably better off hiring a professional. They’ll get the discount on the paint, get the right type of paint, and they’ll get the job done fast and with quality (depending on who you’ve hired).
Professional painters prefer to use paint buckets over paint trays. Paint trays are known for getting in the way and causing potential problems. If you’re painting a wall you might accidentally step in your paint tray which could get paint all over the carpet. This in itself could be a costly disaster. That’s why you’ll see most professional painters using buckets rather than trays. Although trays may be cheaper, they’ll end up costing you more in the end.
It’s important to get off any extra fluff from your roller. Some painters will tell you that the best way to do this is to wrap your roller in some tape, however the guys at Nashville Painters recommend otherwise. Chuck tells us that by doing this you will sometimes end up creating extra fluff by pulling it out when you pull off the tape. What you need to do instead is you should wash your roller in warm water and pull the fluff out of it. This is usually best done at least two days before you start your painting project. That will give your roller time to dry. If you can, it works best to dry your roller outside in the sun.
Having a high quality roller (such as a sheep skin roller) will perform much better when painting your home and it will also last much longer. You can wash out your roller after your painting job and keep it for a later date.
We thank Chuck and Nelson for their time with us today and for the awesome advice on painting your home. If you’re in the Nashville area and you’re looking for a paint contractor, be sure to contact Nashville Painters. You can visit their website here and request a quote. If you enjoyed this article be sure to share it and tell your friends! As always, be safe in your home improvement projects and if you’re not sure what to do, be sure to consult a professional!