Do We Need Primer? And Other Questions About Painting Your House

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So you’re painting your house huh? Been there done that! It’s a funny thing about painting houses- no matter if the house is a new one or old one-painting is something that all home owners will have to address at some point. But where do you start? Is the process the same for painting the interior as it is for painting the exterior? What do I need to do the job? Is there a certain kind of paint that is better than the other? What about sheen? What about latex versus enamel? And what the heck is acrylic? Who makes the best paint? Is Benjamin Moore a better product than Behr? Do I need primer?

Do any of these questions sound familiar? They do to me. And the thing about it is- these questions barely beginning to cover the subject! It seems that every expert and every manufacturer guarantees that their particular product is the best and only choice there is to make. I know as a home owner, there is nothing more frustrating or discouraging than putting your faith in a product or service and ending up being completely dissatisfied and having spent a lot of money in the process. And there is so much to consider! You may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?”

Let me just say that I know where you are coming from. So I am going to offer some help. Here are some tips that I can offer based on experience with my own painting projects and frequently asked questions from folks who are considering one of the most basic questions relating painting-what kind of brush is the best to use?

Question: What is the best kind of brush for me to use?

Answer: Brushes come in many sizes and shapes. There are many brushes that are designed for a variety of purposes. And these come in a wide range of prices. The big square shaped brushes are designed to hold a lot of paint. They are ideal for large surfaces and exterior areas. Some brushes are smaller and some are tapered. The size of the brush to use can be determined practically by matching it to the size of the area or item that is to be painted. Obviously, you would not want to use a one inch brush to paint a door that is seven feet tall and four feet wide. Smaller brushes are ideal for cutting in details and painting small areas.

Practically speaking however, painting the interior of your home simply requires an average sized brush of an inch and a half to two inches. This size of brush is ideal for cutting in around trim and at the edges of walls and ceilings in preparation for using a roller or a larger brush. Do not be afraid to spend a little extra for one of these brushes. The tapered ones are best for cutting straight lines and for getting into corners. A quality brush will leave less stroke marks and make cutting straight edges a lot easier. If you are sure to clean them thoroughly after each use, you will be able to use them again and again over many years.

So with all things considered, what is the next thing to be determined upon? If you are contemplating a “do-it-yourself” approach to painting, you already know that as useful as this information is, there are still many questions to answer. What paint is best for your task? What sheen should I choose and why? What else do I need in order to manage and complete the job? Do I use tape? What if paint gets spilled on the carpet? Is there anything I should do to make the job go faster?

If you are asking yourself these things or if you are as busy as I am at times, you may be one of many home owners who wish to employ the services of a professional. In that case there are a whole list of other questions and concerns. The most important questions however, are “Who can I trust to do a good job?” And, “How can I be sure that I am paying a fair price?” With these two questions answered in your favor, you can be confident in making the right choice for your situation. But, how can you arrive at the right answer? Here is where I can offer my best advice. I am going to give you a number to call where you can access a professional, courteous operator who answer your questions and direct you to a professional in your local area who is listed and reviewed by folks in your own community. The professionals are evaluated by those who have used their services and have rated their experience.