How to Prepare A Room for Painting
Before you start painting, here’s how to prepare the room:

Lighter furnishings and furniture should be removed from the room.

Move the heavy furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with a plastic sheet or canvas drop cloth. Use masking tape or painter’s tape to secure the drop cloth or plastic sheet.

You may wish to remove the doors to gain better access for painting the trim, or you may want to leave the door in place, this way you can gain full access all the way around.

Remove photographs and artwork, and the hardware used to hang them.

Remove window coverings, drapes, blinds, curtains, or other window coverings.

If you have a fireplace, cover it with clear plastic sheeting or a drop cloth and then secure it with painter’s tape.

 

Remove all electrical outlet covers and switch plates, placing all the fittings in a designated container.

Cover exposed electrical outlets and switches with painter’s tape.

Light fixtures should be removed or loosened enough to paint behind them, or masked with painter’s tape.

Cover the entire floor with drop cloths or dust sheets, using a wide painter’s tape to adhere it to the floor. Make sure that half the tape is affixed to the drop cloth and the other half to the floor, tight against the baseboard. Rub the tape down tight, to prevent paint from seeping beneath it.

For carpeted floors, the same instructions apply. However, more of the tape surface goes against the baseboard, so you can tuck it down with a scraper blade to protect the carpet edge.

 

The main element in painting is color. The different color of paints gives life to any room whenever it’s applied. It is therefore important to choose the right color for each room of your house. Interior painting is a job for the professionals, but did you know that with a little knowledge in the colors used for interior painting, you can do it yourself and do a great job at that?

Yes, that’s right. Paints are widely available in all colors and shades but not all individuals are aware of the color’s quality. Paints have different working characteristics like miscibility, viscosity, drying time, solubility, and many others. You need to consider these things before purchasing any paint for your home.

Have you seen interior walls that are uninviting and dull? Well, say goodbye to those walls because it is now possible to have a welcoming and cozy room each time you arrive from work.

Paints used for interior painting and even for the exterior are conveniently sold at paint shops, DIY shops, and hardware shops in your locality. You can look through their wide variety of paint colors and choose one that fits your indoor. Usually these stores provide a chart of the different paint colors available. Almost all interior painting is done with the use of oil-based or water-based paints.

When planning your color schemes and paint finishes, don’t forget to consider your home’s style and age. If you incorporate decorative painting in your interior painting project, you are guaranteed to get the best results and you’ll be happier with it. So whatever your look, style, color preference, or mood, you can easily find decorative paint finishes that can greatly enhance your home’s interior areas. You should also not forget to consider your furnishing’s color and the feel that you want to create.

You will probably need good color ideas to go about your interior painting. To start with, if you decide to use decorative painting more than one room inside the house, try to get varying tints of the color that you want to paint and that includes the plain color.

If one of your rooms have existing fabrics but you really want it to be updated, you can paint the wall with the similar color or shade by using a fresh technique. You should also match the finishes to every room’s unique style.

For your private retreats such as your bedroom, use a special paint finish because this is the place where you usually spruce up or calm down. Be sure to choose a color that unifies with your furniture; this can enhance the entire decorating look which you can enjoy to the fullest.

If you prefer latex paint, well, they provide a tough finish. If you use it together with varnish, you can use it for many applications. It dries quickly, safe, and is odorless.

If you go for neutral colors, you can use them as backdrops. Some people prefer to use them alone because these neutral colors generate a harmonious design. And because the color doesn’t change suddenly, they create a different impression of space and light.

Don’t rush yourself, in fact, try to take time and experiment on different color combinations for your interior painting. Remember, in order to achieve your desired effect or finish, you must purchase the right type and amount of paint

 

To fix small holes in your drywall, clean the holes and dampen them with a sponge. Fill the holes with the professional’s formula for success. “Henry” Patch & Go, Multipurpose repair patch, using a narrow putty knife. You can also use patching plaster to fill the holes. Let the spackling compound dry, prime, and paint to match the rest of the wall.

Some large holes in wallboard can be patched with precut, adhesive wallboard patches. You may need to widen the hole so that the patch can fit. After you have popped it in, cover the seams and the patch with joint compound, according to label directions, then prime with a wallboard primer and paint the surface.

To fix nails that have popped from drywall, make sure the panel is secured to the studs above and below the nail. Hammer the nail in and dimple the nail; drive in and dimple a nail of the same size right next to it to hold it in. Use joint compound to cover the nails. When that has dried, sand the area, prime, and paint.

 

REPAIRING SMALL DENTS IN WALLBOARD

Objects that come in contact with wall board can cause dents or scratches in the surface. These indentations are easy to repair.

First, sand the surface thoroughly (Fig. 1). This sanding roughens the surface and provides a good base for the joint compound you will use.
Use coarse sandpaper and a good sandpaper block. For large areas to be repaired, use a power sander.
Fill the dent with a good grade of joint compound using a 3″ or 4″ spreader (Fig. 2). Spread the compound evenly, pressing it firmly into the dented area.
For extremely large dents, allow the compound to dry overnight and then apply a second coat.
When the material is completely dry, sand the area and prime it for a coat of paint or other finish.
Be sure to remove any high or low spots in the patched area with a fine sandpaper.

Various types of patching materials are available for patching drywall. These include adhesive and non-adhesive drywall tapes, fast drying patching compounds and drywall bandages.

Regardless of the type of patching materials you use, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow each step as suggested. Some patching compounds dry quickly, while others require longer periods to dry.
Be sure the cracked area to be patched is completely clean and dry. Remove all dirt from the area and clean out all cracks.
Apply the patching plaster with a wide and flexible putty knife (Fig. 3). Apply the compound by working across the crack with strokes in both directions. This method is the best way to work the patching plaster into the crack.
Force the patching material into the crack with strong, firm strokes (Fig. 4). Examine the crack after each stroke to ensure that enough material is applied at all points.
The knife should bend with pressure as you draw it along the cracked area. Repeat the passes as often as necessary to force the material well into the cracked surface.
Use the putty knife as a scraper to remove any surplus material (Fig. 5). Move it along the cracked area gently to scrape away the surplus material that was applied by the double strokes show in Fig. 3.
You may want to dip the putty knife into water and make a final pass along the repaired area (Fig. 6). Touch up any areas that need more patching material.
After the patched area has dried completely, sand and prime it to prepare for the finish you desire.

If you need to caulk cracks or around windows  remember to have a small paint brush in a glass of water to smooth the caulk.

 

PATCHING SMALL HOLES IN WALLBOARD

You can repair small holes, up to 4″ to 6″, in drywall using drywall bandages. To make a drywall bandage, use a keyhole saw to make the hole into a square or a rectangle (Fig. 7). Cut a piece of drywall the same shape as the hole. It should be 2″ longer and 2″ wider than the hole.

Lay the piece of drywall down on a flat surface, shiny side down. Measure the 1″ from all four edges and draw a line. This should form a shape the side of the hole.
Using a straight edge and a utility knife, cut through the drywall to the bottom layer. Do not cut the bottom layer of paper. Using a putty knife, remove the top layer of paper and core all the way down to the bottom layer of paper (Fig. 8). Be careful not to tear the bottom layer.
The cut part of the patch should fit into the hole. The paper edge should cover about 1″ around the hole. Apply a thin layer of patching compound around the hole. Place the patch into the hole (Fig. 9). Using a putty knife, work the paper edge down into the compound. Feather the edges of the compound and allow it to dry. You may need to sand lightly and apply a second layer of compound to finish the repair.
Larger hole, up to 12″, require a slightly different repair which provides more support. Again use a keyhole saw to form the hole into a square or a rectangle (Fig. 7).
Cut a patching piece of wallboard that’s about 2″ larger than the hole to be repaired (Fig 10). Punch or drill two small holes through this piece of board and tie a stick to it, as illustrated. Allow for about 8″ between the board and the stick.
Apply a smooth coat of good grade adhesive all around the edges of the piece of patching material.
Insert the patching board through the hole and position it so the adhesive fits firmly against the solid area around the hole.
Now turn the stick clockwise twisting the string and increasing pressure against the patch board at the rear of the hole (Fig. 11). When the string has been thoroughly tightened, it will hold the board firmly into place until the adhesive dries.
Give the adhesive time to dry. Then fill in the area with a good grade of patching plaster (Fig. 12). Leave the stick and the string in position during the patching process.
You may need to apply two or three layer of patching plaster to build up the patched area. Always allow one layer to dry before applying another.
Remove the stick and string just before the material dries. Smooth out the area then let the patch dry thoroughly.
When the area is completely dry, sand off all high spots and apply a prime coat for paint or other finish (Fig. 13)
Use a fine grade of sandpaper and a sanding block for the finish sanding work.

If you need to caulk cracks or around windows  remember to have a small paint brush in a glass of water to smooth the caulk.

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