Drips tend to be some of the most common problems with interior paint jobs. Although a badly performed paint job may look decent from far away, the issues are easily visible up close. It's hard not to rush in some circumstances when painting the interiors of properties, especially after construction. However, taking that extra time to ensure that the job is completely correctly can truly determine whether or not the paint job is going to be a long lasting, quality result.
Removing Old Paint
Chances are that if you live in an older home, the interior of your home may have several coats of paint with lead present. Mechanized paint shavers can make the process easier if you have to remove the paint from the entire interior of your home. You can purchase these items at a home improvement store in your area. It's a good idea to set up a tarp on the ground so that you can catch the debris as it falls down from the interior of your home. You may also need a heat gun to help apply the heat to the old paint in order to peel it off easier. Like most construction projects, you should always remember to wear respiratory gear such as a respirator with vapor cartridges. When the wood is finally bare, you can patch any of the missing post corners or holes with a wood epoxy and then sand down the rough patches that have been created by the shaver.
Underneath the old paint, you may find that there is a lot of mold, dirt, mildew, and bacteria. Generally speaking, the best way to get rid of these issues is to rent a sprayer or to hire a professional to spay trisodium phosphate, bleach, and water on the interior instead. Once everything is sprayed, scrubbing the interior with a stiff-bristled long handled brush can help to ensure that you remove all of the mold and mildew before you start working on applying the new paint instead.
Before you start painting, you need to have a paintable water-repellent preservative which will help to make the paint last longer. You can find these products in the store. It's important that you find a water repellent that is technically still paintable. The repellent will act like a wax and will keep the wood from shrinking or swelling when there is a large amount of moisture. The preservative will also help by killing mildew, which tends to grow in the top paint layer and ruin the overall look of the paint.
You should always use primer before you start painting. The primer allows for all of the color to come out within the paint. You should brush the primer on the interior and then start painting. Ensure that you have used blue painter's tape around the corners and fixtures so that you will only be painting the areas that are necessary. For a large house, it can take up to two weeks to finish a typical paint job with a four man crew.
When you understand these basics associated with painting, it will be easier for you to handle the responsibility of painting the interior of your home. If you have any questions, you can ask a representative at your local home improvement store for more information or for further guidance.