Do’s and Don’ts of Interior Residential Painting: Secrets That Pros Won’t Tell You

Interior House Painting in Toronto

Professional painters understand the value of time. So, they employ trade secrets to help them paint faster, smarter, and more neatly without losing quality.

We reached out to many professional painters and asked them to share their favorite painting tips and methods with us.

It’s not as simple as buying a tin of paint, a paintbrush, and throwing some paint on the walls now that you’ve decided to do some painting.

Painting can be simple if you follow some of the painting do’s and don’ts listed below.

Do’s of Interior Residential Painting

Use these tips to make your next interior residential painting project go faster and smoother, with a cleaner, more appealing appearance.

High Rollers & Rollers

Preparation In general, rollers can save you a lot of time, but you’ll still need a paintbrush for the more difficult places and for ‘cutting in’.

However, before you start painting the ceiling, for example, you need invest in a roller extension handle. You can find them in any DIY store.

When it comes to rollers, make sure they’re the correct thickness (or nap). Follow this rule: use a longer nap on rough or uneven surfaces.

Paint quantity

Paint with the tip of the brush to avoid leaving brush marks.

Apply Emulsion paint in a variety of directions (rather than just vertically). So that brush strokes fade in and don’t catch the light.

White magic

White paint might be difficult to keep track of because it’s difficult to see where you’ve painted.

There is, thankfully, such a thing as miraculous white paint. It starts out pink and gradually fades to white as it dries. In DIY stores, you can find a variety of brands.


Internal preparation

Spend some time moving and covering furniture, as well as using dust sheets to protect your floor or carpet.

Remove all door handles, picture hangers, and lights, if feasible, to avoid accidentally marking any with paint in the long term.

Don’ts of Painting Your Home

Interior residential painting is not intuitive, despite the fact that it appears to be. Most of us have been familiar with the process of putting paint to a flat surface since kindergarten finger painting. So, here are don’ts to keep in mind.

Don’t rush it, take your time!

Practice and patience will yield the finest outcomes. You should plan on painting a standard-sized room for an entire day.

Do not paint straight from the paint tin

If you’re on a ladder and it falls off, you’ll have to clean up 10 liters of emulsion!

Meanwhile, material from the brush can be transferred back into the pot, causing lumps in your paintwork. Instead, pour some into a smaller plastic bucket.

Don’t paint your wallpaper

Never soften the adhesive using a moist towel to remove it. If it still won’t come off the walls.

Try steam or a specially formulated product from your local DIY store. Any wallpaper that remains on the wall should be carefully scraped away.

Don’t leave any faultiness

Make sure there are no flaws. If the wall has flaws, you’ll need to sandpaper and fill up the afflicted sections.

Don’t dilute the entire can of paint at once

If any diluted paint is left behind, it will quickly degrade. Paint that has not been diluted can be stored for up to three years.


Clean the Surface with a Tack Cloth

A tack cloth is a low-cost painting tool that cleans the surface before painting or staining to ensure perfect results.

Tack cloth is a beeswax-impregnated cheesecloth that gently removes sawdust, wood shavings, and other debris from your surface.

You can avoid using a wet cloth on the surface by using a tack cloth. You can use a moist cloth instead of a tack cloth if you don’t have one, but make sure to squeeze it out fully first.

Over wide areas, avoid using a tack cloth. It’s better suited to trim, doors, and cabinets than it is to walls and ceilings.

Avoid pressing too hard on the tack cloth, as this will smear beeswax on the surface, which will be difficult to remove.

Use High-Quality Roller Covers and Brushes

Roller covers of poor quality leave fuzz and lint on the walls. When fuzz and lint become embedded in the paint and the paint dries, you’re left with rough, difficult-to-repair walls.

Brushes of bad quality leave streaky brush marks. Instead, invest in high-quality brushes and take care of your expensive investment.

Some self-taught painters make the mistake of buying low-cost chip brushes. You should not do interior painting using chip brushes.

They’re designed to apply glues, adhesives, and solvents. It’s worth it to spend a little more money on excellent roller covers and brushes. Your surface will have a superior finish in the end.

At the end of interior residential painting project, you’ll have to clean up and pick up at the conclusion of your painting day. Cleaning the brushes and rollers is a chore that many people hate.

Brushes are difficult to clean, but a paint comb comes in handy. Cleaning roller coverings is more difficult. No matter how much you wash the roller, it seems to dry too stiff to use again.

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