Eight Luxury Home Painting Tips from GPC Renovations of Atlanta
Thinking of tackling a luxury home painting project on your own? Here are a few tips from the paint pros at GPC Renovations to help you get the job done quickly, easily and affordably.
1. Pay attention to the climate.
If you paint your luxury home when it is humid, it will take forever to dry and you’ll have to deal with annoying drips. If you live in a part of the United States that is normally humid and you have no choice, then take your time — slow-drying paint can be your friend in that it allows you to fix mistakes before applying the second coat of paint. Don't overdo it or the mistakes will show when you’re finished with your paint project.
2. First things first.
Inspect the area to be painted. If the old paint is cracked, flaking, or peeling you will need to sand, scrape and rinse before beginning the actual paint project. This is necessary because if you just paint over the old paint, the weight of the new paint will loosen the old paint, and you’ll end up with a great big mess. Clean greasy areas with warm, soapy water and rinse well. Apart from that, wipe down your walls with a damp cloth to get rid of dust and other debris. This will help the new paint adhere to the surface.
3. Steer clear of cheap brushes, roller covers, and painter’s tape.
This is a luxury home, your luxury home. Don’t cut corners. You wouldn’t put ketchup on a Kobe steak, right? Premium brushes and roller covers provide optimal coverage, which allows you to skip the reapplication. Plus, it will save you time and money. Upscale painter’s tape is a must-have for circumventing drips and blurs.
4. Check out the texture.
If your walls are textured, you’ll need a thicker the fiber weave on your roller cover to ensure complete coverage, and to make sure the paint finds its way into all the nooks and crannies. Don’t get carried away though: too much paint can result in a brand new and unwanted texture.
5. Cover furniture and anything else that doesn’t need to be painted.
Drop cloths are your friend. Your floor will appreciate them, too. Tape plastic sandwich bags around doorknobs to protect them from paint splatters.
6. Remove light switch and outlet covers.
Just do it. You will be glad you did.
7. Always use a primer.
Go with all-in-one paint & primer combinations if you are painting clean, smooth surfaces. However, if it has been seven years or more since the last coat of paint, it’s best to take the separate primer route. If your paint job requires you to paint over glass high-gloss paint and use a good bonding primer for both interior and exterior paint projects.
8. Paint Boxing
Ask the retailer to help you with a viable estimate of the amount of paint required for your project. That way you can purchase it at one time. Why keep running back to the paint store for “one more gallon”? Then, get a large bucket or container, combine your paint, and mix well. This is process is called “boxing” the paint and will ensure color consistency for the duration of your paint project.