2 Preparation Tips So You Can Paint Like a Pro

If you think that your home is looking a little dated, drab or dull, now is the time to do something about it. A relatively quick and easy way to transform the interior of your home is by hiring interior painting services to apply a fresh coat of paint. And if you really want to change your home, you should make that new coat of paint a different colour from the one you have had on your walls for the past decade or so.

If you have opted to have a go at DIY painting, you still want to achieve professional results. Below is a guide to things you should do before painting in order to create a better finish.

Sand the walls and other surfaces

Before you even look at a tin of paint, you need to pick up a piece of sandpaper and get sanding. The paint job will only ever be as good as the surface on which you are applying the paint. You should select a medium grit sandpaper and get to work rubbing the sandpaper over the wall and any wooden skirting boards. This will help to remove the old paint while also evening out any uneven areas or bumps on the wall surface.

If you find the idea of sanding by hand too tiring, you could opt to hire a sanding machine to make things much easier. A sanding machine is a piece of equipment shaped like a drill. However, instead of attaching a drill bit, you attach a disc of sandpaper. This disc of sandpaper will rapidly spin when you press the trigger on the sanding machine, allowing you to complete the job without exerting too much effort.

Apply a tinted primer before you paint

A wall primer is designed to fill any crevices, cracks or damage that remain once the wall has been sanded down. The majority of DIY house painters will use standard white primer on the wall they wish to paint. However, this isn't the best course of action. Instead, you should use a tinted primer. Tinted primer will help to camouflage any of the old paint that's still on the wall and will also add vibrancy if you decide to paint the walls with bright paint.

If you do not feel confident painting the interior of your home, or if you would like further advice, you should contact a professional house painter before doing any work.