5 Repainting House Tips: Dos and Don’ts

People often underestimate the amount of planning it takes to see a painting project through.

Like any project, there are many ways it can go wrong, but it can all be avoided with proper preparation.

Here are the dos and don’ts when repainting a room or house.

1. Don’t Fail to Prepare

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You need to prepare a room before you paint it if you want it to look good. Move furniture out of the room or cover it with drop cloths.

Put the right type of tape over window frames and edges so that you don’t end up with little brush marks on them.

Either remove the door so you don’t get paint on it, or properly paint it the new color. Or remove the door handles along with picture hooks so that you don’t accidentally get paint on them.

If the wall has imperfections, get them fixed before you start painting. For example, you want to sandpaper rough spots or replace cracked panels before you paint.

If you just paint over a shifting wall, you’ll end up with the crack showing through the new layer of paint. As you’re painting, go ahead and put drop cloths under the ladders or where you’re standing so that you can contain any spills.

2. Do Know What Type of Paint You’re Dealing With

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Take the time to remove the old paint if you’re painting over the current paint with an incompatible type. For example, if you want to paint over oil-based paint, you’ll want a primer, ideally shellac.

If you want to paint over acrylic paints, you can use either an acrylic primer or oil-based primer. If you don’t know what type of paint you’re painting over, that’s something you need to know before you start buying supplies.

And if you think there is lead based paint in the house, have it tested before you start sanding it off the walls.

3. Do Know What You Need

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One of the worst mistakes you can make when repainting is not buying enough supplies in advance.

If you don’t get enough primer, you may be tempted to paint a section without it and risk it looking horrible in a few weeks.

If you don’t have enough paint purchased up front, the odds are high that the second batch made will be slightly off in color from the first. People will be able to tell where you switched to the second batch of paint.

One way to curb this is the use of Porch’s paint calculator to determine how much paint you need. It also recommends paint supplies like cleaning agents and estimates time requirements.

Now you can budget both your time and your money and ensure the job is done right. The calculator also gives you estimates of what it costs to hire someone else if the time commitment is too great for you.

4. Do Get the Right Tools for the Job

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Don’t skimp on safety equipment and tools. Get proper scaffolds if you’re painting the second story exterior of your home or the top of your elevated ceilings.

Get high rollers and rollers instead of trying to paint with a standard paint brush; the cost is well worth it as soon as you realize how much time you save. Note that you can often rent supplies instead of buying them.

5. Don’t Go as Fast as Possible

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If you’re trying to get the job done as fast as possible, you’re going to risk making mistakes.

In some cases, time pressures cause you to leave off the second layer of paint necessary to prevent the underlying color from showing through.

Or, you’ll see someone move items back into a room before the paint is completely dry which completely defeats the purpose of covering them in the first place.

Another common mistake is deciding to paint on wallpaper to save time.

Instead, you should get it damp enough to peel off the walls. Gently scrape off what remains, then you can paint the bare walls. Trying to speed through the job means the new paint will peel off when the wall paper does.

Don’t try to paint directly from the can in the hope of speeding up the process. If you’re up on the ladder and accidentally knock it off, now you’ve lost several gallons of paint and made a huge mess.

And take the time to clean up properly after the paint job, whether pulling off the tape or fixing areas that you messed up on. The room will look much better if you do that and will not look like it was done by amateurs.

Before you start your project, make sure that you keep these few tips in mind first. This will allow you to save time on your project and get the result you’re looking for.

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