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 that paintbrush, 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 option.
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. Call today for a free consultation.