Painting the interior or exterior of your house can be a big job. It takes time to decide what color and paint you want, to get the surface prepped, and then to get the painting done. A paint project will also cost you money when you purchase supplies and requires time. Since you will be investing both time and money into this project, it is important that you take steps to ensure it will look good for years to come. It would be frustrating to devote time and money to a paint project only to have to paint again next year. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to get a paint job that looks good for years to come.
Clean the surface
Cleaning the surface you are about to paint will help it look better in the end and last longer. Dirt, dust, and grime on a surface you paint can cause the paint to look splotchy once it is dry. In addition, the paint will not adhere properly to the wall if it is not clean. This can significantly shorten the life of your paint job. Cleaning the surface is a basic but important part of getting a paint job that looks good for years to come.
Make repairs before painting
If there is damage to the surface that you are going to paint, you need to make repairs before painting. A damaged surface will not receive the paint evenly and will start to show signs of wear much sooner than a surface without damage. Inside, this often means filling holes and patching drywall. Outside, you may have to remove old paint and replace damaged pieces of siding.
Use painter’s tape
Applying painter’s tape to the area you are going to paint will take time. Some people opt to skip this step in an attempt to save time upfront. The reality is, however, that you will likely spend more time painting as you attempt to get straight lines without the help of painter’s tape. In addition, if you are not an experienced painter you will likely end up with spots that are not a straight as you would like. This could lead to significant time touching up or annoy you for years to come if you choose not to fix the problem. Using painter’s tape from the very beginning will help you avoid issues so you can get the crisp lines you want for your finished project.
Choose high-quality tools and paint
The last piece of advice for getting a paint job that looks good for years to come is to choose high-quality tools and paint. High-quality tools and paint will make the project easier, help it look better, and last longer. Skimping on quality when it comes to tools and paint can cost you much more in the end.
Getting a paint job that looks good for years to come largely depends on preparation. Take your time to prepare the surface, make repairs, and apply painter’s tape before you get started. The other key element is to choose high-quality tools and paint. If you follow these steps you significantly increase the likelihood that you will have a finished product that lasts.