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An Amateur's Guide to Painting a House

Home improvement can be easy, especially if you have basic handyman skills and the right equipment. Whether you are a weekend warrior or you simply want to save a few bucks by painting the house yourself, here are a few pointers on how to successfully do that.


1) Have your tools ready.

Preparation is the key to a paint job that you can see through from start to finish. Have everything, from paint cans, brushes, and rollers handy and within easy reach. This will prevent you from coming down from the ladder and doing a run to the local hardware store after discovering that you have run out of paint.


To get a good estimate of how many cans of paint you need, ask the local hardware store attendant how much it will take to paint the surface that you need to cover. Have newspapers handy to catch paint
drippings.


2) Take everything out.

You want a bare, open space to work in so you can avoid getting paint on fixtures and furniture. If there are pieces that cannot be removed, cover them with paint drapes. Cover areas that should not be painted with painter's tape.


3) Prepare the surface.

You need to prep the surface by giving it a good wipe using a damp cloth. Remove extra pieces of wallpaper, patch holes, and seal in stains before you paint. Any piece of dirt or debris stuck on the walls can cause unsightly bumps on the surface.


If you are painting an exterior surface, it is best to hose it down or give it a good scrub to remove deep-seated dirt, chipping paint, mould, and mildew. 


4) Prime.

If you are working with unpainted walls you will need to apply primer. Primer makes the actual colour look more vibrant and gives you an even surface to work with. You also need a primer if you are working with an older dark colour. A white primer will prevent the dark colour from shining through the coat of paint. The good thing is that most stores will now tint your primer in a colour that is close to your final wall colour so you can save on the coats of paint that you need to apply.


5) Use a painting grid.

One of the best tools to make house painting so much easier is the paint grid, a metal grid that you can attach to any paint bucket. Dip the roller in paint and roll it against the grid to remove excess paint. This way, excess paint flows down back into the bucket and the grid itself is easy to take off and clean. 


6) Work with good ventilation. 

If you are painting indoors it is best to open all the windows to get good airflow going. Good airflow will help paint dry faster and will not cause the fumes to stay inside the room. If good airflow is difficult to achieve, such as when you are painting basement walls, position a fan near the door or the window. The fan will get outside air and circulate it around the room. 


House painting can be an easy and hassle-free activity when you are prepared, even if you are not a professional painter. Homeowners looking for more house painting tips can contact House Painters Palmerston North (http://www.housepainterpalmerstonnorth.co.nz/) for assistance and advice.


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