You have tried and the results have not been as expected. Or maybe you have never done it, but you know that it will soon be your turn. Whatever your case, this is the guide with the best tips and tricks for painting your house.
40% of Spaniards decide to paint their homes without help, both to save a few euros and to sign up for DIY. And, in addition, we do it almost half the time every two or three years, which is the recommended average – although, as we age, we tend to increase this frequency.
These data, extracted from a study on home painting habits carried out by Bruguer, make it clear that, throughout our lives, we are going to see ourselves more than once with a brush in hand. Now how to use it? And above all, how to do it so that the result is as professional as possible? We tell you!
How To Calculate How Much Paint We Will Need?
Before going to the store, it is necessary to know how many cans of paint we should buy. To do this, we must measure the square meters of the room, both the ceiling and the walls. “If we measure the height from the floor to the ceiling, we can easily find out the meters of each wall, and, adding them, we know the square meters of the entire room”, specifies Sergio Anglada, an expert at Bruguera. With this measure, once in the establishment, we must look at the container of the paint that we want to buy, where it is indicated for how many meters it is used for, taking into account, yes, that the indications are for a single layer of paint. “The idea is to always calculate so that there is a little leftover since some paint is lost in the roller and in the containers”,
What Tools And Materials Are Needed To Paint A House?
Since we are in the store, what if we buy everything we need to carry out our task? ” The first step is to cover everything, so we will need a painter’s paper or carpet for the floor and, in the case of furniture, plastic to cover it. In addition, it is convenient to use masking tape for the edges or parts that are not well covered; the most common is the 24-millimeter one,” Anglada tells us. “If there are cracks or holes in the wall to be painted, we will have to hide them with putty using a spatula to apply it. In addition, we will need brushes; the most normal thing is to use a round brush for the walls and a flat trowel in case we paint wood.”
But don’t take out your wallet yet, that’s not all: “To start painting, the most common thing is to use a 22-centimeter non-drip roller for walls and ceilings, but the reality is that more and more microfiber or polyamide is used It is also interesting to have an extension for the roller since it is more comfortable and allows you to paint the ceilings without having to climb the ladder. Finally, we need the paint itself, buckets where we can repackage the paint if we use 15-liter buckets and a ladder if necessary”, summarizes the expert.
How Should We Prepare The Wall To Receive The Paint?
If we are only going to give a new coat to a room previously painted with normal paint, no specific preparation is necessary. Now, if what we want is, for example, to cover humidity, we must correct the cause of it first. And if it is about giving color to new walls? In that case, it will depend on the support. If we talk about laminated plaster, that is, Pladur, we can apply a primer or a more diluted first layer before painting, as Anglada advises us. Likewise, if it is plaster projected by machine, it is recommended
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