Paint walls: Tips for the home
Classic white or with colorful patterns? High-gloss or dark matte effect? When you paint the walls in your apartment, the whole room changes. So that everything will be pretty in the end.
Good wall paint has its price
A paint job is basically a fairly simple and inexpensive way to customize a room. As a rule, you use dispersion paint for this purpose. But here, as is so often the case, who buys cheaply, buys twice. With very cheap paint, you often have to paint three or four times until the wall color covers. Then you have saved nothing compared to a color that achieves the desired result after the first or second coat. So save yourself time and nerves: buy a quality color directly. Of course, the scale is always open. You can also tone white color yourself. But that’s not necessarily cheaper. In addition, you will never hit exactly the same hue again if you have miscalculated and need more color.
The size of the wall surface, which you can paint with a bucket, is always on the packaging. With 2.5 liters (usual packing size for colorful wall paint) you usually create about 20 – 30 m2. With a wall length of 5 m and a ceiling height of 2.50 m, these are just 2 walls. The painting of the walls costs you about 1 euro per m2 – working time, brushes, cover foil and the like not included.
You don’t necessarily have to paint the walls yourself. There are companies offering painting services such as scaffold free painting.
Check the substrate
In order to obtain a nice color result, the substrate must be good or repaired accordingly:
- Dust- and grease-free
- Free of cracks and holes
Loadable means that the previous wall color or wallpaper is capable of absorbing the new color and is also firmly connected to the wall itself so that after painting it is not easy to fall off or burst.
In the case of coated pattern wallpapers, the color often does not hold on to the smooth vinyl parts. Also plaster, gypsum and co. often have only a limited absorption capacity. Then a preparation with a deep reason helps.
Before you can swipe the rooms, it says: cover and glue. So you don’t just need paint, you need a lot more.
- Painter fleece or cover paper to protect the soil
- Foil for covering the furniture
- Painter’s crepe for gluing edges, sockets and skirting boards
- If necessary, joint and filler compound + filler for repair
- If necessary, depth ground + surface brush
- Stripping grille
- Small paint tray or bucket for work on the ladder
- Paint rollers – large for wall surfaces, small for edges and niches
- Telescopic rod
- Heating brushes for corners
Different colors and techniques need different rolls and brushes. Get advice on site as to what is suitable for your project. Rough fiber needs long-flower rolls, smooth substrates can be painted super with short flower rolls.
Paint walls like the pro
Sometimes it’s the little things that make it easier to experience DIY. When it comes to painting walls, these tricks include:
Heating off and windows to: This way, the paint dries slowly and evenly. The result: fewer spots and stripes.
Rolls and brushes in plastic foil: You don’t have to clean your stroke tool every time you take a longer break. Wrap brushes and rollers airtight in plastic wrap and you can continue working with the same color the next day.
Remove the adhesive tape moist: Remove the painter’s crepe as long as the paint is not completely dry. This gives them clear, sharp edges.
Keep the color chart and remaining color: A Malheur happened quickly, and maybe you just want to repair a very small corner later instead of painting a whole wall? Then it is good if you still have the leftover color in the basement. If you need more color, it’s good to keep the color chart – so you get exactly the same hue from the retailer again.