How to Paint

One of the ways True Built Home can build affordable homes is by allowing the homeowner to do their own painting. How is this the case? If we were to paint the house, we would hire a subcontractor, and then they would paint the interior Orcas White. Very rarely does a homeowner want white walls, and so very often they will end up repainting within the first year anyway. So rather than us do it, we allow you to pick your own colors and either hire a subcontractor yourself (thus eliminating our profit markup and saving you money) or you can paint the house yourself and save even more money.

Interior House Painting Tips

If you decide to paint the home yourself, here are some recommendations that some experienced painters have made:

  • Don’t forget to get everything you need before starting. Running out of paint in the middle of the job can result in poor quality results and that’s definitely not what you want. If you’re not sure how much paint you’ll need, ask a professional at the paint store for advice. And remember if you’re in doubt it’s better to have too much paint than not enough. You will always need ‘touch up’ paint later.
  • Use a new or very clean brush.
  • Use either lotion or latex gloves. If you want to keep your hands clean while painting, use latex gloves. These are great especially when you are using a paint that is oil-based.
    However, if you have allergies in using latex gloves, you can apply hand lotion as an alternative. If you apply a thick coat of lotion before you paint, cleaning will only be easier for you when you are done.
  • Always remember to start it from the top going to the bottom.
  • Use a sprayer: You can use a roller, but it takes much more time and may require more cleanup when you’re done. On a True Built Home, your opportunity to paint the interior comes after the mud on the drywall has dried. At this point the floor coverings have not been laid, and there are no cabinets or doors-the interior is completely bare; so you can bring a sprayer in and spray away to your heart’s content.

One homeowner with a 2260 square foot home  working at a reasonable pace painted the interior of his entire home in 2 days.

  • If you do use rollers and brushes, don’t get stingy. When you use cheap roller covers, this will only create a fuzzy form on your wall. Also, cheap brushes will only create uneven brush marks. Rollers that come in multi-packs sold for one dollar are not advisable to buy. It is more advisable to spend a little more money for better manufactured tools. Be practical in a clever way.
  • When you are done: If you don’t plan to clean the roller or the brush after using it, yet you are planning to do the painting again after a few days. It is suggested that you wrap them inside a plastic bag very tightly and place them inside the freezer.
  • Use sandpaper to sand down any the patchy areas

These practical tips can help you in doing your interior house painting. Simply follow these interior house painting tips carefully and you will never meet stress in painting.

Pick the Right Paint

A few recommendations about the type of paint that usually works best:

  • Egg shell paints in children’s rooms: they look nice and clean up well. Dirty handprints wash right off without messing up the paint.
  • Semi gloss paint in bathrooms:  flat finishes are notoriously difficult to clean and bathrooms have a tendency to need a great deal of cleaning.
  • Satin finish in the kitchen, living room, and hallways: it’s more expensive, but this type of finish is very durable which is nice in these busy areas.
  • In smaller rooms: a high gloss paint. Light from windows and electrical fixtures will reflect off the paint and make the room feel larger. Caution: high gloss paints do have a tendency to show imperfections.

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