Before getting a brush and painting a whole flat with new vivid colours, lest forget about rules for applying a paint. Thank to these rules we may be sure to keep an aesthetic look of an interior for much, much longer.
Walls painting: roller or brush?
An universal choice for large and flat surfaces (interior walls) is definitely roller. It is comfortable in use (A paint is applied equally) and work goes much quicker.
Depending on bristle, we can distinguish three types of rollers:
- short (6 – 10 mm) – flat surfaces;
- medium (13 – 15 mm) – pargets and wallpapers with structure;
- long (19 – 30 mm) – rough surfaces.
Additionally, interiors with high ceiling may require telescopic stick for rollers.
Proper conditions for wall painting
Against the appearances, the most important thing is humidity, which should oscillate around 60%. Low humidity – especially in connection with high temperature – effects in quick drying of a paint, which ends with trails. A wall painted this way won’t be too pleasurable for an eye.
How to prepare your paint?
After opening, a paint has to be thoroughly stirred. Painting with an unstirred paint (bond, pigment, fillers are split) will cause drastic coloristic differences on a wall. Before applying a first layer, emulsion can be diluted with small amount of water. Dilution is also a thing in painting with a brush (a paint is more easy to distribute on a surface). However, it is important to remember that we should stick to instructions given by paint’s manufacturer. Final layer applied with a roller needs to remain undiluted.
How to paint walls? Step by step
- We are supposed to start painting from a ceiling – the best would be a part near to windows. We should conduct a roller from a window to the centre of a room. This may cause possible trails less visible. A colour chosen for a ceiling we can drag onto a wall so as to create a narrow stripe (this will make a room appear bigger). For this cause we can use a painting tape so as to make even, visible line between ceiling and wall.
- Next we paint walls. First, we should cover corners and place below the line between ceiling and wall. Then we paint hard accessible places like space between radiator and wall, power sockets and chandelier area, window frames area as well as skirting boards (here we should use a small brush for precise moves).
- The last step is painting large surfaces with usage of a roller. In this case we have to remember about few rules. A roller should be richly and evenly covered with paint (we should avoid painting with a dry roller). We shouldn’t push a roller against a wall, instead, conduct it gently. First layer of paint should be applied in one direction e.g. from the top to the bottom, from left to right etc. It is important to remember about ‘wet with wet’ rule. It means that whole layer should be applied in one take, before paint drying. Thank to this, we can avoid unaesthetic trails on a wall.