You’ve added new
drywall to your room and now it is time to paint. Where do you start? Begin by
following these four essential tips for painting drywall properly:
Start with the Prep
If there is one thing
that can ruin a paint job it is dirt and dust on the walls. Be sure that the
entire room is
clear of any dust
or residue or you may discover those
substances sticking to your wet walls later on.
Begin by taking a broom
and brushing the walls carefully. Then let the dust settle, before sweeping the
floors (using a damp mop works well). Next, wipe the walls with a damp
cloth or sponge (be sure it isn’t soaking wet). Once you know that the
walls are thoroughly clean you can move onto step #2: applying primer.
Applying Paint and Primer
Before you grab
, be sure to apply the right kind of primer so
the paint can adhere properly. This means using one that is specifically
designed for new drywall. Not every primer works well on new walls and using
the correct one is vital to a job well done.
Once the wall has been
primed properly, you can begin painting. But first, you’ll have to decide
which method to use: roller or sprayer? While spraying walls is fast and
easy, it is also a messier way to get paint on the walls and should be reserved
for professionals who know how to handle the equipment without making a bigger
mess. Most homeowners find that rolling paint onto the wall is their best
One Coat is Never Enough
It can be tempting to
grab one of those one-coat works paint products, but remember, new drywall is
going to draw the paint in, which usually means at least two coats for the best
coverage. And, if you are using a bold color, don’t be surprised if three or
more coats are needed. Using the proper primer can help paint from
soaking in too much, but you’ll still need two coats. Otherwise, the wall will
look streaky, and you will notice the drywall seams after a while.
Call in the Professionals
Not sure you want to
tackle painting new drywall yourself? That’s okay. The expert crew at
Tar Heel Painters
is ready to help. Trained to handle even the
toughest painting job, these expert painters will have your new room finished
in no time.
for a free consultation.