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Are you going to finally get around to painting that room this weekend?

Then you need some interior painting techniques from a professional painter.

If you don’t want to spend the money to hire someone, then painting a room on your own is a great idea! It can save you a bit of money, and you can customize your project however you like.

You don’t want the room you paint to look unprofessional, however. Before you get started, take a quick look at our guide to interior painting techniques, where you can learn how to paint different types of surfaces, with different types of paints, and with different types of instruments.

In this article, we discuss preparation techniques, brush and roller techniques, and decorative painting techniques. Take a look!

Preparation

As with any painting job, preparation is the most important part of the job. Sanding, spackling, and re-hammering nails back into the wall are necessary starts to your interior painting project.

You can fix damaged trim and baseboards too, by filling small cracks with wood putty, or completely replacing a section of baseboard if it is beyond repair.

Sanding is done not only to smooth out imperfections on the surface, but also to provide a place for the new paint to grip. Make sure you hit every part of the wall with sandpaper in order to prevent paint peeling.

When you’re finished sanding, make sure to clean up the dust and wipe down the walls.

Pro Tip: Use Cotton Drop Cloths

Cotton is way better than plastic, because it will absorb any drips. Paint will pool on plastic, and if you step in it, you could track it onto surfaces you want to keep clean.

Brush

When it comes to corners, edges, and trim, you have two options.

You can either tape up the surfaces that you don’t want painted, or you can learn to “cut in” with a brush. Using painters’ tape to mask the surfaces you don’t want to paint requires patience and time.

It is important to tape slowly and carefully, so that paint won’t run behind the tape and the tape won’t pull up new paint when it is removed. Many painters score the edge of their line of tape before they remove it, so that the tape doesn’t pull up fresh paint with it.

Cutting in with a brush simply requires a steady hand. It can take a long time to master, but if you can do it, it will save you time.

What Kind of Brush Should I Use?

The kind of brush you use can greatly impact the quality of your paint job, so consider investing in a high-quality brush. Natural bristle brushes are best for oil-based paints, while synthetic bristles work well for general use. Always get a brush with tapered bristles, which can help you cut in and paint an edge, and pay attention to width. For most general paint jobs, a 2-2½ inch brush will work well.

Roller

When it comes to walls and ceilings, there are two ways to effectively paint them: a roller or a sprayer. While a sprayer will finish the wall in a few minutes, it is expensive equipment to buy or rent and requires some technical skill to use well. For a small home project, a roller is the way to go. Here are some tips for using a roller:

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Roller Covers

9-inches is the best option, and easier to control than the 18-inch long version.

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Paint Bucket

Using a 5-gallon bucket is better than using a roller pan–harder to knock over, holds more paint, and allows you to mix several gallons of paint together to get continuity of color.

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Painters' Rod

Most roller cages come with the ability to be screwed onto the top of a painters pole, allowing you to paint up to the ceiling without a ladder, and down to the floor without bending over.

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How Much Is Too Much?

When you stick your paintbrush into the paint, put it in about a quarter of the way into the liquid paint and then roll it up and down the paint grid to evenly coat the roller cover.

When using a roller, it is important to paint the room from the top-down, so you don’t get any grit or dirt on fresh paint. Start with the ceiling, move to the edges at the top of the walls, and work downwards toward the baseboard. Here are a few ways to paint the ceiling and walls so that you get a smooth finish:
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Keep a Wet Edge

This means when you’re rolling, make sure that about an inch of your roller re-rolls the fresh paint you’ve already rolled. This will prevent your finished product from getting lines and ending up different colors because of different dry-times and uneven paint build-up.

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Use a W or N-Pattern

When painting, paint in a W or N-pattern, so you can overlap with wet paint and avoid unsightly lines in your dry paint. Where you can’t use a W-pattern (like on a ceiling), feather out the paint to avoid pooling and uneven distribution.

Decorative Painting Techniques

If you want to add a more creative touch to painting, you can add some decorative painting techniques to your walls.

These techniques are very easy to implement, but make sure to read the instructions carefully, and to test these techniques on a small portion of the wall before you paint the entire room.

Sponging

Sponging your wall can add texture and depth to an otherwise ordinary wall. All you need is a sponge and some latex glaze.

Distressing

Distressing is a decorative painting process which makes your wall look aged and old. Using two colors, some sandpaper, and some clear lacquer, you can make your walls look quaint and well-worn.

Sheen-Striping

Sheen-striping is a process of decorative painting which involves painting vertical stripes of different sheens of the same color, in order to add some contrast. You need two sheens of the same color paint, and tons of painters tape. While labor-intensive due to the exactness of the measurement for each piece of tape, the finished product looks stunning.

Conclusion

Are you looking for more answers regarding interior painting techniques? We only covered painting a regular drywall room in this article. Painting wood paneling? How about a whole room properly? Can you still paint if it’s cold outside?

Don’t hesitate to call Kopeck Custom Painting for answers. We’re happy to help you in whatever way we can.