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4 Tips For Interior House Painting

If your walls look dirty, it could be time to paint them again. If you have white walls and kids or pets, you may need to paint your home fairly often to keep it clean and fresh. A coat of fresh paint can give your home an attractive appearance and make it seem clean again, so it's worth the trouble and cost.

However, if you hate the thought of painting, hire a painter to do the work for you. That's the ideal way to freshen your home without a lot of labor. Here are four tips for interior painting.

1. Choose Your Paint Wisely

Talk to your painter about the right type of paint to buy. More expensive paint is usually higher quality and will provide better coverage. Unless you're staying with white walls, you may want to discuss trending colors, complementary colors, and colors that match your furniture.

Another important point about choosing the right paint is to pick the right degree of gloss. Glossier paint is easier to clean, and that could be important when you have kids and pets in the house.

2. Repair The Walls First

Imperfections show through the paint. It's important that imperfections in your walls are repaired first or they will show through and be an eyesore. Your painter will go over the walls and look for holes and bumps that need to be filled or removed.

You can also point out areas of damage that you know about so they won't be missed. You'll need to remove everything from your walls before painting begins and that gives you the chance to find problem areas before the painter arrives.

3. Clean The Walls Before Painting

Prepping the walls before putting on paint can often be labor-intensive. The walls need to be dusted and washed before the paint is applied so dust balls don't get stuck in the paint. Also, stains might show through if they aren't removed as much as possible before painting.

Stains that are very dark or made of certain materials, such as crayon wax, need to be removed first and your painter knows what's needed to remove different kinds of stains. If the stain can't be removed completely, it might be possible to hide it under several coats of primer.

4. Put On Enough Coats

Interior paint usually requires two coats if you're using the same color. Darker colors might need an additional coat. If you're painting a light color over a dark color, your painter may need to put on several coats of paint. It's important to let each coat dry thoroughly before the next one is applied. Putting on enough coats gives your home a professionally painted appearance, and it keeps the old paint color from slowly bleeding through. 

For more information, contact a local painting company.