It’s amazing what a difference room painting makes. The fresh look and feel renews your home. But, how do you get a professional look? Rudy Escalante from Rudy’s Quality Painting shares three tips to help you get professional results on your next room painting project.
Room painting like a pro
The first step may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times we hear from listeners frustrated as they try getting professional results from cheap paint. Rudy says, great room painting results start with choosing the right paint. That means choosing one with a lifetime warranty. Cheap paints, don’t offer that kind of protection.
Latex paint is the most commonly and preferred paint type to use because of its ease of clean up and long lasting durability. It is more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint. Rudy recommends latex for walls and household uses. However, oil based paint is his choice for cabinets, wood moldings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than a latex paint.
Plan your room painting project’s finish
After choosing a quality paint, choose the finish. This step determines how vivid details appear and how easy it will be to keep your finished project clean. Paint comes in a variety of sheens. Semi-gloss are are easier to wash and have less shine than the gloss. Meanwhile, satin sheens have a satiny smooth finish. Remember, though: the higher the sheen, the more flaws will be seen. As a rule, Rudy recommends an eggshell finish for walls because it tends to mask slight flaws in walls. However, he prefers using a semi-gloss or gloss oil paint for woodwork, trim and cabinets.
How your room painting goes on matters
Will you use a roller, brush, or spray? The answer is yes—depending on the application. Rudy’s Quality Painting recommends using a roller for most of your room painting projects. Brushes are used for cutting in details such as corners and trim. Spray is better used for applying oil paint to woodworking. Rudy doesn’t recommend using spray applicators for walls.
Pro color selection without the pro
You could spend a lifetime studying color theory learning what colors work best together, or in specific applications. Rudy has an easier solution. When choosing colors for your room painting project, skip the color chips and go for designer combinations provided by most paint companies. You’ll get a designer look without the designer cost.
Room painting made easy
Use quality paint, the right finish, and better brushes to apply your paint. And, take advantage of designer combinations to simplify your color choices. Three simple ways to get professional results on your next room painting project.