Drop cloths and furniture covers, especially canvas, offer the best protection by absorbing any paint that might spill, notes Banbury. Use plastic to cover furniture from random spills.
Step 2: Fix cracks and damage
Need to figure out how to repair drywall? Begin by filling nail holes or other cracks with a light crack filling compound. For deeper damage, say an opening after removing a TV mounting bracket, place fiberglass tape over the opening and cover with sealant. To seal the deal, apply acrylic latex painter’s putty around all the cracks. Smooth the area with your finger. Cover all patches with primer before painting to prevent flashing (known as shiny spots) that can show up in the final finish, Crew says. Sand to smooth rough areas.
Step 3: Clean the surface
Vacuum dust if you sanded. Clean all other contaminants such as dirt, mildew, oil, grease and chalk from the walls with warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth. Make sure the surface is dry before painting. Wait at least an hour before starting the paint job. Applying paint to a damp wall can lead to poor adhesion and even peeling.
Step 4: Use the right tools
A thicker roll with a 3/4 inch nap will hold more paint, and you’ll push less and avoid lap marks. “If you use too short a nap, the finish is a bit smoother, but you’ll constantly add more paint to the roller and still cover less area,” Crew says.
For corners and trim, Paige Anderson points out that a quality brush or the roller is a must. “A cheap brush will shed its bristles and smear your paint job,” she says.
How to remove scuffs and scratches from painted walls
No matter how good the paint job, your house is not a museum. You will have contact with the walls, whether you like it or not. For regular maintenance, incorporate melamine sponges into your weekly cleaning routine to wipe away gray, grimy stains left by dirty hands. A soft cloth, or sponge, soaked in lukewarm water will also do the trick. Stubborn stains may require the use of all purpose household cleaners for complete deletion. Keep in mind that anything containing chlorine or ammonia can discolor the paint or leave streaks.
In the case of legitimate stains — say, a rogue marker used by your offspring — they may require touch-up paint in the same product, sheen, and color, says Banbury. Touch-ups can get tricky with glossier highlights as the new coat can look smudged, while remediating a flat finish is a simpler process, adds Crew.
If rubbing doesn’t work, apply a stain-blocking primer, like HGTV Home® by Sherwin Williams Infinity Paint and Primer-to cover the stain and prevent bleeding. “Keep a swatch-sized jar of your wall paint color and a small paintbrush handy in a cupboard,” says Kate Albrecht, co-founder of the lifestyle brand. Mr Katewho is repairer update with her husband in Hawaii. “It’s a concealer for your wall!” »
Here are some useful painting tools to get you started: