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House Painting: A Quick Overview

A painting project may involve interior or exterior jobs, never before painted surfaces or revitalizing existing areas. Paints enhance the design and style of a house. Paint “changes” surfaces, providing these a fresh, dazzling and new look. The aesthetics of a house or portions thereof are not only improved; painting also provides protection against damage that can be caused by rust, corrosion, insects and mold. Do-it-yourself painting undertakings could be fun and rewarding, but must be done right to ensure time and money is not wasted.

Prior to embarking on a painting job, a house owner must first firm up a painting plan. He must decide on the concept. He should have a clear idea on which areas require painting (as opposed to staining) and what colors and color combinations achieve the desired look. The owner can then check out the best paint type suitable for the area (and the painting goal) once the design is firmed up.

This involves knowing what paints work well for interior applications or external surfaces; for a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom area; external siding, patio floor, etc. Different surfaces (i.e., wood, brick, masonry, concrete/cement, metal, plastic, tile) also require corresponding paint types. Paints generally may be eggshell, semi-gloss, flat or gloss. It can either be based on solvents (oil paints) or water (latex or acrylic). Paints can be washable with some more resistant to abrasion and scrubbing than others. Paints made of epoxy or polyurethane may be the option for high-traffic floors or areas requiring better weatherproofing.

The owner must familiarize himself with the application methods peculiar to these paints, which includes surface preparation requirements, priming, applying base coats, corner/edging, subsequent coats to the final finish. Tools (and equipment) necessary for these activities must also be confirmed: Is it a paint brush or roller job? Will it be better to use sprays and if so, which spray method or type?

The owner must know how to measure the extent of work and estimate the quantity of paint and consumables. He should be able to compute the total square meters of area to be painted: be familiar with the area coverage for each paint coat and the coverage capacity of a liter of paint; all to determine the total paint quantity (for every color and type) the job requires. Consumables (i.e., body fillers, sanding paper, masking tape, protective sheeting, thinners, tints, scrapers and applicators) should also be estimated accordingly. The right source for the supply of these materials should also be determined as it is essential to for quality at prices that within the budget.

The would-be painter can check various websites for information on trends and concepts about ideal painting styles and solutions. These info-sites provide guidelines for proper painting methods. A lot of these show “how-to” videos to help visualize these techniques. Like any undertaking, experience does assure more satisfactory results; but insights from the experience of others, definitely helps. Definitely, doing some trials on small areas first before taking on the actual painting project will help minimize re-work.