The 4 Keys to Beautiful, Lasting Interior Paint
A lot of folks out there think that interior painting is simply the act of putting paint on a wall. And, in many ways it is... But, that’s a little like saying a car is just a vehicle that goes down the road.
When you dig a little deeper you discover that not all paint jobs look or perform the same, just as you can’t compare a tired, wheezing old car with a sleek luxury model. The difference is found in the quality of the components, the craftsmanship, and the attention to detail that was invested in the process.
Anyone can throw paint on a wall, but it will just never look as good or perform as well as paint that is skillfully chosen and applied.
So, how can you get the very most of your interior painting update?
Setting Your Home Painting Project Up for Success
#1 Quality Paint Products
Not all paint is created equal. As enticing as bargain options may be, investing in more premium brands provides a difference that becomes obvious as soon as you open the can.
Here are a few key benefits of using a quality paint:
- Easier, smoother application
- Better color retention
- Superior adhesion
- Environmentally-friendly options are available
- Increased durability and protection for the surface
#2 Use the Correct Sheen for the Surface
Sheen refers to the product’s level of glossiness. Lower sheen options (like satin or matte), are best used on surfaces that will not see a lot of action, like ceilings. The paint is forgiving and smooth, easily covering minor blemishes, but it is not very durable. Glossy paint is typically used on trim, while an eggshell or semigloss performs well on walls.
The key is to choose a more glossy, durable option for those surfaces that see the most wear and tear.
#3 Fall In Love with Neutrals
This particular point is directed more toward style longevity. In other words, you won’t need to repaint in 6 months when a super trendy paint color is no longer in vogue.
#4 Preparation Before Interior Painting
A quality painter always starts the job with thorough surface preparation. If the surface isn’t prepped, the paint (no matter how expensive) simply won't perform to its potential.
Every job should start with:
- Gentle sanding
- Thorough dusting/cleaning
- Priming, as needed (always necessary over patched holes)
Find a Local Painter Who Is Committed to Quality!
Much like paint products, you can always find a cheap painter. But, at the end of the day, how much more will it cost to repair shoddy work or have to repaint twice as often? It’s much more cost-effective, satisfying, and relaxing to invest in a painting professional you absolutely know will do the job right.