Many homeowners, when they decide to paint their home, feel obligated to rent a paint house because of little knowledge in the world of painting, and before they risk painting themselves, they obviously hire the hands of a professional, and for now it seems like the right thing to do. As it says, “Manolete, if you don’t know how to fight, why do you get involved?. ”
But when you have the knowledge and / or skills to paint a house yourself and still call an expert because you are tired of listening to the advice of some and others who are contradictory and instead of helping you, they confuse you more. 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 leave it is a shame.
So I would like to explain a few simple steps you can perform so that 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 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 along with paint and coating or any other nonsense.
It is true, if the wall is in a bad condition, and when I say in a bad condition, I think it is old, there are cuts, the paint is rising, there is a stain of moisture, etc. In addition to proper fixing with putty or a suitable material, it is advisable to apply a primer.
There are many types of primers, but I recommend only 2, you don’t need more. 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 in water, read the container in case the manufacturer concerned advises another measure or not.
We can buy this set in any paint store or here.
It mixes and a kind of very dilute clear liquid remains. We apply this primer with a roller on the wall, being very careful and covering everything beforehand, because as a very liquid product it will spray very much.
Since it is so liquid, it will certainly dry immediately, so as soon as it dries, a second layer is applied. And that is it. With this primer, we achieve the creation of a transparent protective film which, among other things, makes the old paint not come off, and the new one adheres perfectly to the wall.
And another example that I advise you is sealing primer.
This product is available with solvent 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, like other primers, that everything is well upholstered, because a lot of stains and difficult to remove, it is necessary that when applying this product there is ventilation or wear a protective mask so as not to breathe fumes.
Diluent sealant requires a universal solvent that is applied to the wall with a roller and brush as if it were a completely normal color.
With this primer, one coat is enough; We will also get to cover any stain of moisture or any other stain, that the paint adheres perfectly and that the wall is more resistant so as not to peel or come out bubbles or other imperfections, this primer, as I said 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 a lot of water, it will act as a primer and hardener.
Another myth or rumor about painting: Use masking 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 the help of anything, just with a brush, better with a straight and calm hand. We can also buy a precision brush like this to make trimming much easier.
Anyone who uses tape to avoid stains on 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’ll see that the paint got inside anyway, and it’s also possible, almost certainly, when removing the tape, pieces of paint stick to it.
All you need is duct tape to cover the floor coverings, frames, plugs, etc. But never limit two spaces to different colors.
With a little practice and a flat brush like this, trimming or outlining is just fine.
The third myth or rumor about painting: How many hands do you have to give to the wall?
If we ask, each person will tell us a different answer, some will say they only need one hand, very thick, others will say two, a third even that they had to give 3 or 4 hands to cover them, and I tell you that all need reason.
We have to consider the color we are going to apply, we have dissolved it in percentages to know the hands we will have to give and the type and brand of paint we have, among other things, because this affects the hands we need to apply.
The normal thing (if it can be called normal) is what bright color, with two hands is more than enough. Dissolve the first coat with 30% water and the second coat with a maximum of 15% water, waiting between coats for a minimum drying time, 12 hours or whatever it takes until the first one 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 background (ask at the paint store), for sure we need more than 2 hands.
First, apply a layer of paint diluted with 30% water, let it dry for at least 12 hours and apply a second layer of paint diluted with a maximum of 15% water and apply another layer.
Certainly, since they are dark in color and do not wear white backgrounds, 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 keep noticing the light, we give you another hand again and so on until the wall is completely covered.
I have to say, I painted bright red and had to give up to 6 coats of paint, and I have been a professional painter and interior designer for over 16 years. Say also that I painted a very gentle cream color and just by giving a good hand it became perfect.
Conclusion: Don’t just believe what they tell you apply the necessary layers of paint, until the wall looks even and in perfect condition.
Always keep in mind that with light colors like cream, brown, white, ivory or gray, for example, we will generally give fewer coats, and with dark colors that do not have a white background, it will probably be necessary to give them more coats.
But it’s all 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 one or two more hands, or whatever it takes until it’s properly covered.
The fourth myth or rumor about painting: Always white ceilings.
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We won’t go into that when it’s more advisable to paint the ceiling white or not, or what benefits or harms a ceiling painted white can bring us 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 that if the ceilings are always white because it is so or so. If you think that your ceilings will look good in another color, just paint them.
Here we can see ideas for painting and decorating ceilings.
And those are The 4 most common rumors or myths that people usually have the most doubts about when painting their house alone. I hope that, although the article is a bit long, it is 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.