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Painting your walls

Have you ever wondered if painting your walls is something that you could do yourself even without much of experience? The truth is that painting will never be too much trouble for anyone as long as they understand what paint to use. Also what paint was used on previous paint on the wall is. Of course, choosing the right brush and instruments is very essential.

Good Paint and a good Painter

But nothing can substitute the good understanding of the type of paint that you use. So if you are willing to make the step and “do it yourself” get ready to read good articles. Read about the different kinds of paint (and the internet has a pretty good variety of those articles). Then do some research on the market for the type and brand of paint you wish to purchase. Keep in mind of course that even the best painter cannot do any good with a bad paint. Nobody likes uneven color on the walls, almost transparent paint which looks more like milk rather than wall paint.

Painting Your Walls On the Interior

Let us assume that you are getting ready to paint your interior walls. The two main types of paint that you will encounter, as you probably already know, are oil and latex paint. Each of them has its positives and negatives. Oil-based paint is preferred for exteriors walls rather than interiors.¬† Especially when the walls underneath have already been painted once with an oil-based paint. It requires an additional work to prepare an oil-based painted wall for emulsion paint. We won’t be discussing that on this article. So if you are decorating your walls on the inside you are most probably using a water-based emulsion paint. This kind of paint provides a large range of colors. It can give you a matt or a silky covering, depending on your personal preferences.

So you’ve your water-based emulsion paint ready with the great color you wish to transform your home in. Your first step will be to clean the walls. Make sure there is no dust as it could damage your new paintwork. Some people suggest using any good detergent and water. I have had great results at home with just cleaning off all the dust with slight wet broom or a piece of cloth. Then you take a good look at the backside of your new paint. There are some general instructions on the back of the can. Some of them may say that you should add 10% of clean water into the paint, some of them won’t mention anything about adding water. Consider the previous paint on the walls. If it’s a slaked lime paint or any other absorbent type of paint you could still apply emulsion paint on top of it.

Proper coating of paint

There is however one trick to make your color even. I usually repeat every wall I have painted at least two times. There are some one-coat paints available that are good enough. For a slaked lime paint the trick is to make the first coat with a paint in which you have added a considerable amount of water (70% or less paint and 30% or more water). To the absorbent type of paint this will act as a good base and you don’t have to spend more money on an under tint.

Then, the second coat could do with a thicker paint. If the paint underneath is already an emulsion paint you can still add some water on the first round. Not as much as you would usually do with the absorbent paints but it is still a good way to ensure the color at the end matches your expectations. To ensure no paint peeling or anything unpleasant can happen you can always do a sample on the wall before starting with painting your walls.