Many homeowners, when they decide to paint their home, feel obligated to hire paint because of little knowledge in the world of painting, and before they risk it themselves, they obviously hire the hands of a professional and for now it seems right to do so. As the saying goes, «Manolete, if you don’t know how to fight, why are you interfering?. ”

But when you have the knowledge and / or skills to paint a house yourself and still call a professional because you are bored listening to the advice of some and others who contradict each other and instead of helping, they confuse them more, right there. it does not seem so appropriate to call a professional, because in painting there are many myths and rumors that because of them many people are filled with doubts, which is why they do not dare to paint their own house or force those who dare to go ashamed.

That’s why I’d like to explain a few simple steps you need to take so you can paint without fear and without hesitation in the face of so much doubt. But before I start, I want to say it these tips are applicable to interior walls and when we will paint with plastic paintIt can be matte, satin or glossy, in case it is a plastic color.

First painting a myth or rumor Do I have to apply a primer or not?

Many people think you have to give a primer, others think it’s a waste of time, and if you ask another they’ll tell you it’s better to paint with paint and a primer or any other nonsense.

It is true that if the wall is in a bad condition, and when I say in a bad condition, I think it is old, there is a little chipping, the paint is rising, there is a stain from moisture, and so on. In addition to proper fixing with putty or appropriate material, it is desirable to apply a primer.

There are many types of primers, but I recommend only 2, you don’t need them anymore. The first the primer is a water-based fixative. It is a product that is applied 1 to 4, which means that for each part of the fixative we use, we have to mix it with 4 parts of water.

Before diluting it in water, read the container in case the manufacturer in question advises another measure or not.

We can buy this set in any paint store or here.

It is mixed and a kind of very dilute transparent liquid remains. We apply this primer with a roller on the wall, be very careful and put it on the wallpaper first, because as a very liquid product it will spray a lot.

Since it is so liquid, it will certainly dry immediately, so as soon as it dries, a second layer is given. And that is it. With this primer, we achieve the creation of a transparent protective film which, among other things, allows the old paint not to peel off, and the new one adheres perfectly to the wall.

And another example I advise you is sealing primer.

This product is available in the form of solvents and water. I always use a solvent. It’s cheaper, not much more; It leaves more body and whitens more than water-based sealants, at least all the ones I’ve tried.

It can be purchased at any paint store or here.

It is convenient, as with other primers, that everything is fine wallpaper, because a lot of stains and difficult to remove, it is also necessary that when applying this product there is ventilation or wear a protective mask so as not to breathe vapors.

A thinner is required to dilute the sealant and it is applied to the wall with a roller and brush as if it were a completely normal color.

With this coating, one coat is sufficient; We will also get it to cover any stain of moisture or any other stain to make the paint adhere perfectly and make the wall more resistant so that bubbles or other irregularities do not peel off or come out, this primer, as I say for my taste is the best.

If you have moisture, you need to fix it, and here you can see how to do it.

So, to conclude such a long text, I conclude that a primer is needed if the wall is in poor condition, if not, it is not needed. Even if the first coat of paint is mixed with plenty of water, it will act as a primer and hardener.

Another myth or rumor about coloring: Use duct tape to separate surfaces.


Completely false, Never use duct tape or any other tape to separate, for example, wall paint from ceiling paint and make a straight line.

This, although it seems difficult, is done without anything, just with a brush, better flattery and a steady hand. We can also buy a precision brush like this to make trimming much easier.

Anyone who uses tape to avoid staining the ceiling when painting a wall and to help create a straight line or separate two colors that separate in a corner or corner, when you remove the tape, you will see that the paint probably leaked anyway and is also possible, almost certainly. that when removing the tape, pieces of paint will stick to it.

The only thing you need for the tape is to cover the bases, frames, plugs, etc. But never separate two spaces with different colors.

With a little practice and a flat brush like this, trimming or outlining is done just fine.

The third myth or rumor about painting: How many hands should you give to the wall?

If we ask, each person will tell us a different answer, some will say that only one hand is needed, very thick, others will say two, others even that they had to give 3 or 4 hands to cover them, and I tell you that everyone would had a reason.

We have to consider the paint we are going to apply, as a percentage we have dissolved it to know the hands we will have to give and the type and brand of paint we have, among other things, as this all affects the hands paint we need to apply.

The normal thing (if it can be called normal) is yes bright color, with two hands is more than enough. The first layer dissolves the paint with 30% water, and the second layer a maximum of 15% water, waiting between layers a minimum drying time, 12 hours or whatever it takes until the first dries well.

If after applying the two coats there are still transparent traces or traces of the roller, we will have to apply the second layer.

If the colors are dark, such as deep red, orange, or yellow colors that do not have a white base (ask at the paint store), for sure we need more than 2 hands.

First apply a coat of paint diluted with 30% water, allow to dry for at least 12 hours and apply a second coat of paint diluted with a maximum of 15% water and give the second coat again.

Certainly, since you have dark colors and don’t wear white bases, you need to give it more hands. If so, we have no problem, but to add another layer to it again, when it dries. If you still notice the light, we give you another hand, and so on, until the wall is completely covered.

I have to say, I painted bright red and had to apply up to 6 coats of paint, and I have been a professional painter and interior designer for over 16 years. And say that too, I painted a very gentle creamy color and just by extending a good hand it was perfect.

Conclusion: just don’t believe what they tell you apply the required layers of paint until the wall looks uniform and in perfect condition.

Always keeping in mind that for example with light colors like cream, brown, white, ivory or gray, as a general rule, we will give fewer layers, and with dark colors that do not have a white background it will probably be necessary to give them more coats.

But all of this is very relative, so don’t worry if you paint and you’ve given two coats, and they’re still clear, the only problem you have is that you have to provide the other hand or the other two, or whatever it takes until it’s properly covered.

The fourth myth or rumor about painting: Always white ceilings.

The ceiling of the bedroom is painted blue

Design and photography by Sarah Gunn Style

We won’t go into that when it’s more advisable to paint the ceiling white or not, or the benefits or harms the ceiling can bring us white or not, but instead of ceilings being a decoration, you know they can be painted the same as walls and if you think it is appropriate to paint them, do it, do not listen to nonsense if the ceilings are always white because it is so or so. If you think your ceilings will look good in a different color, paint them up front.

Here we can see ideas for painting and decorating the ceiling.

And those are The 4 most widespread rumors or myths that people usually have the most doubts about when painting a house alone. I hope that, although the article is a bit elongated, it was more or less clear to you. If you need to state more about any of the 4 myths or rumors or any other questions you have, you can leave a comment that I will be happy to answer.

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