Techniques in House Painting
If you wish to DIY to save on house painting costs, here are the pointers you should be aware of.
DIY House Painting Techniques
House painting is one task that has to be done properly from start to finish. Painting beautifies the home when it is done on the right places. There is more to this task than brushing or rolling on the paint. If you wish to DIY to save on house painting costs, here are the pointers you should be aware of.
Put on a garbage bag as a coverall when you're painting up high. Cut a hole for the top for your head and two in the sides for your arms. You could keep your head covered using an old shower cap.
"Coat" to protect
When painting woodwork, cover up the doorknobs, locks and other hardware using a generous coat of petroleum jelly. When paint splatters where it should not, it may be wiped off readily.
Rather than using masking tape to protect the glass when painting window frames, try dampening straight-edged strips of newspaper and sticking them on the glass along the frames. When the paint job is done, the strips of paper could be peeled off easily while still damp.
Apply transparent adhesive vinyl to your newly painted window sills after the paint has dried. Specks of soot and grit are easily brushed away and leave zero dirt to be imbedded in the fresh paint. When it is time to repaint just lift off the old covering to leave a clean surface for painting.
A smooth trick
Sanding furniture before staining or painting? To make sure the surface is smooth, cover your hand with an old nylon stocking and glide it across the wood. The stocking would snag on any rough spots and pinpoint where more sanding needs to be done.
Reaching hard-to-get gaps
When staining or painting window frames, use an eye shadow sponge applicator to get to all the cracks and crevices. You will get excellent coverage.
Just in case
When painting at home, stopping to take phone calls or attend to small emergencies usually results in dried-out paint and stiff brushes. A good solution: A kitchen-size plastic trash bag slipped over the paint tray and closed using a twist-tie keeps the paint and brushes soft.
One wall at a time
If you discover that you would run out of paint before completing a project, try finishing one section (ie., one wall). Paint often varies from can to can and the new can might yield a slightly different shade. By completing one section, the difference will be less obtrusive.
All in a row
To simplify spray painting screws for cabinet hinges, stick them into a piece of plastic foam packing material. The screw heads all would be facing the same direction, ready to be sprayed neatly and easily using just one pass of the can.
Catch that drip!
Glue a heavy-duty paper plate (plastic coated is best) under a gallon-size paint can to catch any spills. For smaller cans, a plastic lid from large-size containers (ie. vegetable shortening) would also do the trick.
Use vegetable oil to clean hands after working with oil-based paints. This is a particularly good idea if children have gotten into the paint, because the oil is better than paint thinner, is mild on delicate skin and bears no fumes. After using it, wash hands well with soap.
When you've finished painting a room in your house, fill a small jar with some of the leftover paint and keep it with a container of spackle. If you want to re-hang pictures or shelves, you'll be able to quickly fill and touch up nail holes.