7 Top Tips For Your Next Interior Painting Project

Tuesday 27th August 2019

1) Preparation
Preparation is key for any good paint job. To ensure you have a good foundation to paint on to the first thing we recommend you do is make sure the walls are clean, dry and dust free.  You may need to wash the walls to ensure they’re free from dirt and grease. For best results use a damp lint free cloth. Buy here.

To get rid of any flaking paint use a light grade sanding pad to rub down the wall. As an extra precaution you may want to use a dust mask to avoid inhalation of dust. Buy here.

Don’t forget to fill any holes or cracks with a suitable filler. Buy here. Once filled, use your sanding pad to make sure the area is perfectly smooth and flat before painting. Buy here.
2) Minimise Prep Time
Preparation is important, however you can go overboard! Prepping and sanding every single surface, skirting board or door frame can take many hours and completely kill your enthusiasm for the job! Do only the prep that is necessary in order for you to do a good job and no more. This will leave you with enough time and energy to do the actual painting!

3) Use the right tools
Having to run back and forward to the shop in the middle of a job is a real pain, so make sure you have the correct tools from the outset! From brushes to rollers, buckets, trays, protective glasses and dusk masks. Also make sure you have enough paint to complete the job! Speak to our experts in store or at your local paint shop for guidance on what you’ll need for the job. 

You will likely need the following:
Paint brushes - View our range.
Paint rollers - View our range.
Roller trays - View our range.
Dust sheets - View our range.
Scrapers - View our range.
Sand Paper - Buy here. 
Painting clothes - Buy here.

4) Paint similar or darker
If your wall is currently a dark colour and you want to change it to a lighter colour this can take multiple coats of paint. It’s much easier to paint a similar shade or a darker shade as this will take fewer coats - so choose this option if you can. If you are adamant that you want a lighter colour then we recommend Colourtrend Paints which has proven time and time again to require fewer coats than most other brands.

5) Use Primers Properly
There is some debate about whether primers are needed for interior walls. In our opinion most the time it should be used. All new plaster board or drywall should always be sealed with a primer. 

For walls which have already been painted, as a rule of thumb know that the wall should be primed if filler has been used to repair cracks, primer should be used if painting a light colour on top of a dark colour, and primer should be used if painting acrylic paint on top of oil based paint. Speak to our experts or your local paint shop for further information on whether primer is needed for your specific job.

6) Start with the ceiling!
Before painting any walls make sure to take a good look at the ceiling and decide if it needs a fresh coat. When using a roller to paint the ceiling there will always be a fine dusting of paint that flicks from roller onto the walls and floor. This being the case it’s best practice to paint the ceiling first, rather than letting your freshly painting walls get speckled with flecks of paint by painting the ceiling last!

7) Speak with the experts first
Advice is free! Just figuring out the right type of paint to use can be a complicated process never-mind primers, tools, colours etc. Speak to our experts in store or in your local paint store and they will happily advise you on the best tools, paint, and practices for the job. Many a painting blunder may well have been avoided by consulting a local paint shop before beginning the job!

Kellys Paint Shop has absolutely everything you will need to do a stellar job, and the expert staff to advise you on how to do it - watch the video below where our own Shane Boyle takes you on a virtual tour of the our paint shop