When it comes to painting your interior walls there are a few critical preparation steps necessary to achieve long lasting beautiful results.
The first step we take in preparing a wall surface is floor and furniture protection. Keeping paint off areas not scheduled for paint requires a through and complete masking job. Drop-cloths coated with butyl rubber will ensure a leak proof barrier of protection. 10 oz canvas will do the job but make sure to put down 1 mil painters plastic first. Make sure to tuck the drop clots under the baseboard with a putty knife. The next step is blue painters tape or frog tape. Run the tape accross the top edge of the baseboard making sure it is on smooth and revealing only a “hair” of where the enamel meets against the wall.
The next step is to use a damp rag or sponge with a mixture of TSP and water to remove any surface oils and dirt which can cause adhesion problems for the new coat of paint. Make sure to fill the holes which will not get used again when the wall hangings go back up. Lightweight spackle will do just fine for small nail and screw holes. Larger holes and cracks will need a more heavy duty Spackle like DAP Wall Patch. In most cases we skip the primer step on previously painted walls. Self-priming paint like Benjamin Moore Aura line will off the best adhesion and coverage combination. The Matte product line is amazingly durable for a low sheen paint which makes it ideal for textured walls where higher sheen’s are less than desirable. If you would like professional painting help in Seattle help fill out the short form here.
Trim Painting –New Construction & Remodel
Newly installed trim work on houses that are vacant will almost always be painted with spray application. I used to spray oil but now I have found an acrylic product that looks virtually identical to an oil enamel and hardens like an oil but does not have the V.O.C issue like an oil based product has.
There are three basic spray systems I use for interior trim spray enamel work. For smaller spray jobs I will use an HVLP. The advantage of this type of system is the low amout of spray mist in the air. With the HVLP system I have the ability to produce a fine mist of paint and focuse the paint spray pattern to cover only the surface to be painted. The main disadvantage is the fairly low production rate. It simply takes longer to cover the surface with an HVLP.
For larger projects where faster production rates are necessary and there are large surface areas to cover, an airless paint spray system is best. There is more over spray with this system but the finished appearance is as smooth. I will use a double orifice tip to ensure the best paint atomization possible and eliminate any orange peel . You will be left with a finished appearance smooth as glass and free of any runs or sags.
The third spay application method is a hybrid system with combines the two spray methods above. Its called an “air assisted airless” and basically helps speed up the paint delivery with the use of a pump but lowers the over-spray floating in the air and all owes for greater control of the spray pattern. This type of system also requires less paint to be wasted.
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