If you have not had much house painting experience and are planning on painting the interior of your house yourself, read on. Follow these simple tips used by professional house painters to get great looking results.

  1. The Paint
    Acrylic and enamel paints come with satin or semi-gloss finishes which are popular for interior residential painting of walls in high traffic areas. For more formal locations matt or low sheen finishes are available. For ceilings, professional interior painting services use paints called “ceiling whites” which are specially formulated to cover surface imperfections. All these water–based paints dry quickly, are simple to apply, have less odour and the clean-up is with water. Use solvent-based enamel paints where a tougher finish which can withstand frequent cleaning is required, like for doors, windows and trim.
  2. How Much Paint
    One litre of paint covers roughly 16 square metres of interior painting surface, less if the surface is rough or porous. Remember if you are applying two coats to double your figure. Colours can vary from can to can so mix several cans together in a large bucket to achieve a uniform colour. Be sure to mix from bottom to top, not just round and round.
  3. Preparing the Space for Painting
    Before starting, remove all your furniture, and tape cotton drop cloths to the floor. Clean up any spills immediately using paper towels or rags.
  4. Painting Interior Trim.
    Use a fine-grit sanding sponge to sand the trim smooth, then vacuum and wipe with a tack cloth. Tape the wall edges with an easy to remove tape and apply the paint using the best quality brush you can afford. Allow to dry for at least 24-hours, and repeat the procedure to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. For badly deteriorated paintwork you may need to strip down to the bare wood using a chemical paint stripper or an electric hot air stripping gun. When the paint is completely dry run a very sharp knife along the edge of the tape, to break the seal the paint will have made, to make tape removal clean and easy.
  5. Painting Ceilings
    Use a threaded roller with an extension pole and a specialised ceiling paint. Work from the darkest corner to the lightest. Try to avoid overlapping and get as close as you can to the walls and fixtures and then finish the edges by hand.
  6. Painting Walls
    Scrape away paint flakes and fill in cracks with filler and then sand. Take the time to apply a primer to filled patches to help avoid them showing up when the job is finished. Wash down dirty and greasy surfaces with sugar soap. Save time by using your paint from a large bucket rather than a pan. Dunk your roller into the bucket, roll it on the screen until it stops dripping, and apply the paint as quickly and evenly as possible to achieve a uniform coverage.  Work systematically rolling the full height of the wall with each stroke and try to maintain a wet edge to avoid ugly overlaps. Reload frequently to keep your roller at least half loaded at all times. Interior painters always make sure that the open side of the frame faces towards the part already painted to decrease ridging.
  7. Finishing
    Professional house painters use a small 3-inch roller with the same nap as the big one to immediately roller over the parts along the edges or around fixtures where paint has to be applied with a brush. This helps to achieve a consistent surface texture.
  8. Call in the Professionals
    If this all seems like too much hassle, interior painting specialists are an affordable and fast way to get your home’s interior painted to a professional standard. Check out yellow.co.nz’s listings for house painters to find a reputable company near you.

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