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Vancouver Interior Painting Step by Step: What To Do When You Decide To Change

If you want to change the decoration of any room in your home but without undergoing a major renovation, painting the walls (or one of them) can be a good solution. But for you to be really satisfied with the result, check out the checklist below to prepare yourself for this endeavor.

Interior painting: materials list

First of all, check out below that you will need to do a basic paint job (usually repaint) on a good surface.

• Sandpaper with granulometry from 150 to 180 

• Paint 

• Low pile wool roller (anti splash) 

• Brush for painting from 2 to 2.5 inches 

• Paint tray 

• Masking tape (25 mm or 50 mm in length width)

• Canvas 

• Paper or plastic to cover the floor 

• Paint stirrer or some material in the shape of a ruler

• Screwdriver for removing mirrors, sockets and switches 

• Goggles and rubber gloves

• Spackling

• Spatula

If you’ve done this kind of work before, chances are you already have some of these materials at home. Also, if you are going to enlist the help of a professional Vancouver painter, check to see if all materials are included in the package or if you need to provide some of them. If you are in the Vancouver area, you can contact VanCan Contracting for a quote for this type of work.

Organize the Space

Preparing the room and surfaces is the most important part of the painting process. Therefore, the recommendation is the following: if you are going to paint a complete room, place the furniture in the center of it and cover it with a sheet or canvas. Then cover the floor near the walls to be painted to avoid splashing it. Then put masking tape on corners, baseboards and places where you don’t want to apply paint. And don’t forget to remove switches and sockets – if you can’t do this, tape them off.

Prepare the Wall

Painting a wall or a room is not just about applying the paint – that’s why hiring a professional Vancovuer painter help is important. First, check for moisture, mold or swelling. If so, it will be necessary to scrape and apply spackle to level the wall. But if the wall is in good condition, a previous sanding is enough. Cleaning is also important so that the ink is uniform and free of impurities. Then, use a damp cloth to remove the dust before starting.

What kind of spackling to use?

Spackle is best suited for indoors and acrylic putty for outdoors. This process must be done with the aid of a spatula to remove excess and apply the putty.

Where to start?

It depends on the professional. There are painters who prefer to start from the top down, drawing continuous lines. There are professionals who prefer to start with the corners and junctions of the wall with ceiling and baseboards. In general, most of the walls are painted using the roller, while the details are made with a brush.

In this case, the brush should be slightly tilted 30 degrees from the wall and follow a straight line. There are also those who prefer to finish the details made with a brush with a small roller, to remove the bristle marks.

How many coats are needed?

In general, full coverage is achieved with two or three coats. But it may be that some walls, such as those bordering outside areas, need one or two more. Drying time varies according to climate and type of paint, but in general, for water-based products (latex or acrylics) each coat takes about four hours.

Are you excited to give a new face to a wall or room? So, think about the colors and the possibilities – you can even make a creative painting, with drawings, geometric shapes, or paint halfway up the wall. And if you need help in the Vancouver area, please contact us. VanCan Contracting has qualified professionals to help you with regards to colors, the most suitable inks for each area and, of course, painting.

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