How to Paint a Wall



For most of us, getting a professional to do the painting of our home or property is the way to go. But for some others, painting is best done personally or with family. Normally, at the end of the week or on vacation, family members get together to perform chores and to connect. Getting the whole family together to perform tasks such as painting, mowing, cleaning or redecorating the house can be productive and fun. It also can help you break away from the buzz of TV and social media, to spend time with those close to your heart.

You can do some of these things in preparation for a family painting activity. Preparation is important, therefore, inform your family members ahead of time about the activity, so that they can make time for it. Don’t wait till the last minute to let them know there is painting to be done. If possible, decide with family members, the appropriate day for the activity. The exercise can be followed afterwards by a family barbecue, or a picnic in your backyard. You can do this (also, with other family activities) to help bring your family together.

It is best to start painting activities early in the morning. It is also good to check the weather forecast to make sure there will be no rain or snow on the day of the activity. This is especially important, if you are using paints that are diluted with water before painting. These paints wash away easily in rain when they are not dry.

Tools and Materials You Need.

When, your family has agreed on an activity and a date, you are now ready to prepare for it. These are the things you’ll need to have in order to carry out your painting activity. You will need:

1) Gloves and Protective Clothing
These will cover and protect your body from the paint. They will help you easily clean your body and hands, when you are done painting. They will also keep your skin from becoming irritated.

2) Water
Water is for washing the walls, diluting and mixing paint, and for cleaning tools and equipment after use. Use clean, salt-free water for all your painting activities.

3) Paint Brush and Paint Roller.
Paint rollers are for painting the flat surfaces of your walls. They will get the job done quickly. Paint brushes are for painting crevices, curved and uneven walls. Use them to paint places the roller can’t reach.

4) Scrubbing brush
This will help you remove soot, dirt, mold and mildew from your wall.

5) Used/old newspaper, drop cloth, and masking tape (painter’s tape).
The masking tape is used together with the paper or drop cloth to cover wallpapers, engravings and parts of the wall you do not want to paint over. They are also use to cover furniture, the floor and anything else you don’t want to soil with paint.

6) Soap
Good quality, non acidic soap should be used. It is used to improve the removal of dirt when you wash your walls.

7) Body filler or crack paste.
It is used to fill cracks before painting. This should be of the type that does not shrink. To ensure you are using a non-inferior material, get your crack paste from a well known brand.

8) Trowel or spatula
This is used to apply crack fill paste to the cracks in the wall.

9) Primer
You apply the primer before you apply the actual paint. It will make your walls look more beautiful when you are done painting. Primer is especially useful when you need to paint you walls with a different color. They cover the old color and make the new one stand out.

10) Paint
This is the main material you will be using for you paint job.

Before you begin painting, you should wear protective clothing for painting, and make sure you are properly covered.

Wall preparation
Prepare the surface of the walls to ensure a better outcome from your painting activity. If you are just doing a minor repainting over the wall, you can easily scrap the wall with a dry scraper (without water), and begin your painting. However, if your walls have been unpainted for a long time, they have probably grown dusty or moldy. Therefore, washing will be necessary.

Get a scrubbing brush, soap, some water and some TSP. Scrub the wall with clean, salt free, soapy water, until it is free of dirt, mildew or mold. Scrub cracks in the walls clean. Remove difficult to clean dirt from your walls with a mixture of water and trisodium phosphate. When you’re sure your walls are clean, let them dry properly before you start the actual painting. Apart from the fact that paint will peel off in a short time, painting over wet or cracked walls can cause them to damage further. This will make your paint job a waste of time and effort, and you will have to repaint in a short time.

Once your walls are dry, you will need to fill in the cracks in the walls. Use crack fill materials that are from a well known brand, and that do not shrink to fill in your cracks. You can fill cracks with mortar in the absence of crack fill paste. Move furniture, luggage and other stuff away from the wall. Make sure to cover everything you want to be free of paint before you begin.

Primer and Painting

Once your filled cracks have dried, and you have covered everything, you are ready to begin painting. Start by applying primer material to the walls. Allow it to dry properly before applying the actual paint. Primer is not always needed, but it gives a more beautiful look to your painted wall.

When you have prepared you walls, and your primer material is fully dried, you are ready to begin. Start at the top of the wall, and apply paint with your roller or brush. Make sure to paint over small cracks and crevices that you missed when you were filling the cracks. Apply another coat of paint to make the color deep.

Remember to use heat resistant paint, when painting over walls near places with extreme heat.

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