Painting the walls yourself is not difficult, just inquire well and-as in all things-put into account that for a good success you need to apply a little. But it is an operation within everyone’s reach, as long as they know the fundamental passages. Here’s some advice.
Summer is the best time to paint your own house walls. Not only because it is a holiday period, because for this work it is necessary to ventilate the rooms well, not to hinder the drying of the painting. It is always not advisable to devote to painting the walls on cold and rainy days. Also essential to work in daylight, in order to control the intensity of the colors.
Especially when there are children in the house, fundamental is the quality of housing as an essential component of the daily wellbeing. So even in the choice of painting to paint the bedroom you can not limit yourself to color, aesthetics, but you must take into account all the distinctive features that make a painting product a true ally of well-being. To do it yourself, you have to have a minimum of guidance.
First of all, the list of things to do and what you need
First, you have to make an assessment of the walls that you want to paint: if they have cracks, cracks or plaster that is peeling will be necessary to solve these problems first. Then you have to make a list of all the necessary for the painting and for the preparation of the walls: products, tools, etc. Finally, choose the color by doing also tests.
We see in detail the tools that must be provided before painting the walls:
- Scale: Possibly light and durable, therefore easy to move.
Plastic sheeting: To protect the floors and furniture, they gather in the middle of the room for convenience.
- Newspapers: Also to preserve fixtures, doors and cabinets.
- Adhesive tape and Scotch paper: to be used to fix the plastic sheets and the sheet of newspaper, to protect the edges and frames, but also switches and plinthes, sometimes also to draw dividing lines between two colours both in the walls and between the ceiling and the walls .
- Spatulas: of varying shape and size, for removing parts that are peeling or for grouting holes and cracks.
- Sandpaper: fine-grained and coarse to sand the parts of the walls that we plastered.
- Plastic Bucket: Possibly fitted with a handle, to prepare the water-paint when we proceed to the dilution, not very large, so that it can be resting on the last rung of the ladder.
- Brushes: Ideal for profiling, they can have natural or synthetic hairs. Round or rectangular, while for difficult access points, such as behind radiators or hidden parts, curved brushes with long handles are also found.
- Pennellessa: With natural or synthetic bristles, it is used to paint surfaces that are not excessively large.
- Roller: It is practical and makes fast the application of the painting or the preparation product, often used in the case of large surfaces. The roller is dipped in the pan, then it is squeezed by rotating it on the grid to eliminate the excess paint, avoiding that it can drip.
- Telescopic extension for Roller: It is an extendable handle to which the roller attaches to make the high parts of the walls and/or the ceilings.
- Buffer: Alternative to using the brush or roller, it allows a slightly lower paint consumption.
The preparation of the walls to be painted is the most important step to obtain a good result. In the case of cracks and sbollature it is advisable to pass for example a screwdriver in the slot to remove all the part of unsteady plaster, wet the trace with water and putty with a spatula leveling to the maximum. Once dry to sand.
In the presence of a dowel hole, if the plastic part protrudes, it can be extracted with pliers and then grouting; If the hole is large, you can insert a little paper well pressed and then grouting.
The preparation of the wall continues with the application of the fixative, so as to standardize the absorption of the support and increase the rendering of the painting. In the presence of moulds it is advisable to proceed with a specific treatment.
After preparing the room, moving the furniture to the center, protecting doors, windows and floors, you must carefully read the instructions on the tin. A very useful information is the dilution of the product, often indicated in% of water to be added by volume: So for example to dilute a water-paint to 20%, if the tin is 15 litres it will be necessary to add 3 liters (a bottle of mineral water from half liter or litre and a half can serve as a unit of measure). However, it is necessary to decide whether to paint by brush or roller, because the dilution varies often depending on the tool: The brush allows to obtain a smooth finish, while the roller leaves a slightly bored effect.
An always useful advice is to shake well the product before and after dilution by using a long handle, and not to use the original container but to pour the necessary amount in another container where the dilutions will be effected.
It is useful to start painting from the ceiling, so you can cover any sketches on the walls. While for the walls you start from one side to the corner and you proceed to the other side, applying the painting from top to bottom, crossing if necessary.
It is always better not to interrupt the work without having finished the wall. The second hand unifies the appearance and increases the duration.
How to calculate the surface to be painted?
Measure the height of the room and multiply it by the sum of the length of the walls. The surface of doors and windows should be subtracted.
Do not buy too much painting, but not even little. The advanced paint should be preserved, preferably in glass jar or if it is in high quantity in the original jar well closed. Diluted paint has a lower storage time and must be used or disposed of before.
The first useful information to be researched is that of the yield which also helps to evaluate how much material is needed, value clearly compared to the total volume of the jar. It is therefore convenient to make a calculation of the area to be painted, even coarse, so as to report it to the seller for advice.
Finally pay attention to the value for money. A price too low on a product presented with high performance must give rise to some doubts. Better to choose quality products, relying on known brands.