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Home Improvement  /  March 25, 2019

Become your own DIY Professional Painter

If you have been putting off painting your tiresome walls because you don’t want to spend the money to have it done, look no further as Handyman Connection of Red Deer has you covered. We can ensure that if you read these tips and tricks, you can turn a weekend DIY project into a professional paint job.

Prep for Paint:

First off, you need to determine how much prep work needs to be done. If you have any wallpaper or peeling paint, scrape it all off with a putty knife. Next you will need to fill any holes with spackle and sand smoot. Next, sand your entire wall using 120-grit sandpaper and sand from top and down to even out the whole surface and create flawless smooth walls. When going to dark to light or light to dark, use primer to ensure the color is stagnant throughout the whole wall. Also cover all windows, doors and furniture with plastic to make sure nothing gets paint on it.

Paint!

When your prep work is done, start from the top and work your way down. Start with the ceilings, then work your way through one wall at a time from top, down. Use a roller with the appropriate nap thickness as most walls will need 2 coats. If you have thick, textured walls, use the thickest naps possible to fill all the nook and crannies. Once you are done rolling, dip your brush only one-third of the way in the can to make sure you not only have more than enough paint but you will be very happy when cleaning the brush and the paint isn’t at the top of the thick bristles.

Trim Next:

Once the walls are completely dry, tape the wall-trim edge and use a putty knife to push the sides down to make sure no paint seeps through. Paint the trim and once completed, remove all the tape right after. If the paint starts to dry, it will stick and peel off with the tape.

Clean up:

Congratulations! You have now completed a professional, quality painting project. To make sure you are able to use your materials for the next project, clean the brushes and roller covers under warm, soapy water. If an oil based paint was used, make sure a cleaning solvent is put on as soapy water will not do the trick on this one. Reshape and hang your brushes to dry and put your roller covers in an upright position.

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If you are still unsure about a confident paint job yourself, call Handyman Connection of Red Deer for your free evaluation quote. We will ensure that a professional painter completes your job reasonably priced and from start to finish!

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