Anyone can paint a room, but not everyone can make it appealing. A DIY paint job can come with a lot of consequences and can ultimately result in a waste of time, money, and effort. No amount of DIY work can really compare to a professional painting company’s work.

To get that professional painting result, painting contractors have to draw from their years of experience and knowledge. DIY painters, on the other hand, can follow this simple guide on how to paint walls, windows, and doors like a professional Austin painting contractor:

  • Sanding

Sanding is an integral part of the painting process as the wall surfaces have to be free from particles first. It is part of the cleaning process. Before sanding, clean the walls first using a soap solution and a piece of cloth to remove any dust or grease remaining.

After letting it dry, you can now start sanding the wall. A 120-grit sandpaper will usually do the trick. For nail holes and other cracks, apply a filler, wait until it dries, and then sand again.

  • Priming

Priming helps the paint stick to the wall better and can improve paint coverage. To start, tape the areas you do not want to get paint on them. The tape should especially cover the area where the trim meets the wall.

The type of primer you should be using depends on the type of paint you will be applying. Austin painting contractors usually use oil-based primers for bare walls. Wood surfaces similarly need priming to make sure that other coats stick well.

Primer takes at least 12 hours to dry before a new coat of paint. After the primer has been applied, re-sand the surface using a 220-grit sandpaper and dust again.

  • Painting

When dipping a paintbrush into a can of paint, make sure that only a third of the brush bristle is coated with paint. This ensures that no paint is wasted in the brush. Other than that, the painting process is very easy.

Paint rollers cover better and faster. When using a paint roller, use the W-method to get an even coat of paint. Continue applying the paint until you finish the whole area. Paint that landed on the wrong spot can be cleaned using a paint thinner.

Painting is not a one-day job. It requires several hours of waiting for the paint to dry. To store paint cans, just make sure that the lid is sealed tight. For paint brushes and rollers on the other hand, you can preserve their moisture by wrapping it up in a plastic bag, free from exposure to air. If you store it in a cool, dry place, you can just unwrap the bag and start painting the next day.

Follow these tips from the pros to ensure the best painting results for your home. However, if you don’t want to waste time, money, and effort on a painting project, hire the Painting Pro Guys Austin instead!