Painters can spend between two to four days on an average size room, it depends on how big the room is and what kind of paint treatment you are opting for. This time, however, gives you ample time to prep, prime and paint the room completely correctly. It might be more work, but when you step back and admire the completed product, you can really appreciate the difference in quality.
Clear the Room and Cover the Floor
The first thing you should do is to remove everything you can from the room. This stops paint and drywall dust from flying all over the show and getting on them. The next thing that painters/decorators will do is remove fixtures that could get paint on, like for example light fittings and other sorts of hardware. Drop cloths are also great for protecting the floor or other larger objects such as furniture from drips.
Fill the Cracks and Dents
After that, it’s all about finding and fixing cracks and dents. You can pick these up by holding a torch next to the wall. Dents can be filled with painter’s putty, or with plaster of Paris if the dents are deeper than ⅛ inch.
Damaged wood requires two-part wood filler or painter’s putty to fill. All repairs then need to be sanded with a drywall sander.
Wash off the walls with a wet sponge and a mild cleaner. Use two buckets, load the rag up from your cleaning station and scrub away. Before scrubbing, rinse the sponge in a second bucket filled with clean water.
Primers are not just diluted paint, they are formulated in a way which establishes a solid and even base seals any unsightly stains and ensures that the topcoat of paint bonds smoothly and securely to the surface. Most homeowners use latex primers, but the pros stick to alcohol as well as alkyd primers – they can cover just about anything!
Don’t Skimp Out on Paint
Generally speaking, glossier paints are more on the stain-resistant and scrubbable side of things, However, t’s also true that these higher sheen paints can highlight any imperfections in the wall or within the paint job itself.
Flat paints are absolutely fine for ceilings and formal rooms, however for areas where there is a lot of things going on and mess made – living areas, kids rooms, playrooms, kitchens, bathrooms you’re better off going for an ‘eggshell gloss’. This means that the walls will be covered with a robust and glossy finish that will allow you to wipe away spillages, stains and marks.
Your best bet, is to make sure that all of the steps are covered properly and correctly is to go for a painter decorator service that is going to give you a comprehensive and bespoke service in room decoration – these tasks can really drag on if you are not careful. Hiring people to get the job done quickly only means that you will be able to move on with the rest of the redecoration process.
You can always count on ProPaint to get the job done in a professional, efficient and aesthetically pleasing manner. Best of luck with your interior decorating journey.