After buying a home in Irvine, you may want to immediately paint some of the walls. Painting may seem pretty basic: just use a roller or brush and slap on paint until the job is done. However, results that look professional require a little more care. Careful prep work is important for sharp edges, a smooth finish on wood, or patterns. Following professional tips can also make your painting project more efficient. Here are a handful of tips for a painting project that’s sure to impress.
Buy a Quart to Test Your Color
Don’t rely on paint chips to make sure you love the color you’ve chosen. Buy a quart first and paint a piece of foam board. Once it dries, move the board around the room to see how light changes the color during different times of the day.
Start with Prep Work
Peeling or cracked areas should be sanded and scraped before applying new paint. You should also fill any holes with spackle. Sand dry the spackle smooth and prime each of these repairs so the paint will stick. Once the walls are prepped, make sure everything is clean. This is especially important with the ceiling, which will have cobwebs and dust you can’t see. Wipe down the walls and run an old paintbrush over the baseboards and trim to remove dust.
Choose High-Quality Roller Covers and Brushes
Cheap brushes and roller covers will result in obvious brush marks and poor coverage, which means you will waste time and paint. You’ll get superior results by spending a few more dollars on high-quality roller covers and brushes. The same is true with painter’s tape. A good brand will seal out drips better than cheap tape.
Start Painting at the Top
A tell-tale sign of an amateur paint job is dried paint drips and color streaks. Once you cut in the edges at the baseboard and ceiling with a brush, start rolling on the paint from the ceiling and work downward. This way, you will cover paint splatters and drips as you go, before they have the chance to dry.
Maintain a Wet Edge
You can prevent lap marks by rolling the full height of the wall. You should also maintain a wet edge. To do this, start near a corner and run your roller down and up the full height of the wall, moving over slightly each time. You can move backward as needed to even out thick areas or runs. Reload your roller so it is always at least half loaded.
Cut Tape Loose for a Straight Edge
Pulling the tape off the trim after the paint dries could cause rips in the tape and a mess. To achieve a perfect edge, left the paint dry overnight and use a utility knife to cut through the film. Pull the tape up at a 45-degree angle as you cut for a flawless result.
Once you find your dream home in Irvine, you can paint it however you wish. From Northpark to Quail Hill, Irvine real estate is in high demand right now. Reach out to OC Residential if you’re interested in seeing some of the latest listings. Call 714-454-6304 today to begin your search.