Darin and Christina Cunningham | Re/Max Elite
278 Franklin Road Suite 190 | Brentwood, TN 37027
Office: 615.661.4400 | Fax: 615.661.4115
Christina: 615.394.4168 | Darin: 615.456.4086

Painting tips

Have you ever wondered what’s involved when professional painters paint a home? Painting is more than just dipping a brush in paint and applying the paint on the wall. Sometimes it’s not as easy as it looks. Among other things, you have to know what type of paint to use on what surface. Different types of paint are suitable for different surfaces. Here are a few painting tips you need to know to paint like a pro.

  • Paint during the dry weather seasons

When there is a lot of humidity, the paint dries slowly and the paint tends to drip. In some areas

the summer months are humid.  The Midwest’s winter months, however, are not. That means the winter air will dry your interior paint job more quickly than the air in the summer months.

The air, the surface, and the paint should all be at the manufacturer’s recommended

temperature, which is usually above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, confirm that the temperature won’t drop below-recommended levels after painting for the time frame specified by the manufacturer.

Get high-quality painting brushes, roller covers, and painter tapes

The application of the paint is as important as the paint itself. Good painting materials provide you with amazing coverage. You don’t waste time painting and re-painting. When you paint, you have to seal blurs and drips. Using high-quality painter’s tape is recommended.

  • Do a visual inspection

Before you start painting, check for any cracked, peeling or flaking areas. Scrap and thoroughly clean these areas before you apply paint. If you don’t, the new paint may pull away from the old paint eventually. These areas can be sanded lightly, washed or scrapped and then rinsed with clean water.

  • Cover your furniture

If the furniture can’t be moved out of the room, move it to the center of the room and cover it with a plastic sheet. Clothing sheets won’t protect the furniture from both the paint and dust from sanding, but plastic sheets do an excellent job.

  • Use a primer

Before painting the wall, fill all the holes and cracks with a joint compound and let it dry. If you paint directly over this compound, it sucks the moisture out of the fresh paint. The result is a flat and dull look often known as flashing. These spots look different from the rest of the wall. To avoid this, use a tinted primer on the wall before you paint. you can use tinted gray or any other color that is similar to the paint you want to apply.

  • Press the tape

Imagine peeling off the tape after finishing the painting job only to find that the paint has bled through. Then there is the added pain and work if you have to scrape the paint off the surfaces you didn’t want it on. To avoid this, first, use high-quality painter’s tape. Second, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you get started. To stop paint bleeds, apply the tape on the wood and use a putty knife to press down the tape for a better seal.

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