How to Paint Interiors

Here we will show you what we have found to be the highest quality, fastest, cleanest way to paint interiors. Lets say this is an average 3500 s. ft. home with custom colors on walls, white ceilings and white woodwork/trim. We will also assume this is an occupied home.

Of course there are exceptions to all rules but laid out here are the most common systems and issues that you should consider.

  1. Start from the top, the upstairs. Have enough plastic and canvas drop cloths to cover the entire upstairs.
    1. Remove everything on the walls.
    2. Remove all hardware and put it all in a clean 2 gallon bucket.
    3. Cover all furniture with new plastic drop cloths and all floors with rubber backed canvas drops.
  2. Using joint compound, repair all drywall imperfections in ceilings and walls. Complete one room at a time.
    1. When you have pointed-up the entire upstairs, go back and second coat any deep repairs that may need it. You shouldn’t have to sand the first coat of joint compound. If anything, you simply run your drywall blade across the patch to knock down any ridges left by built-up drywall mud from the first coat.
  3. Caulk anywhere that gaps show. Mostly where woodwork meets drywall. Again, do the entire top floor of the home.
  4. Sand all drywall including your patching which should be dry now.
  5. Paint all ceilings.
    1. Start by spraying/priming all patches. A decent ceiling paint should be able to prime all new joint compound that you applied on ceilings and walls. NOTE – Spraying probably scares a lot of people and if you don’t know how to spray house paint you should roll only. But for those that know how to spray properly, spraying will be much cleaner and about 10 times as fast. Think about how paint those rollers fling paint. Just going from dipping into the pan and onto the ceiling or wall with a roller can drip paint all over. With a sprayer, the machine and paint stays outside and all you have inside is the hose and gun. When you spray at a direct 90 degree angle from the spray gun tip to the substrate there really isn’t much overspray and the little there is, is stopped by drop cloths. You just shouldn’t spray at 45 degrees or less from gun to surface. That’s where overspray can be a problem. Spraying properly will not only be cleaner and better than rolling but it will also be about 10 times faster than rolling.
    2. Second coat ceilings if needed.
  6. Spray paint all closets, shelves and all with a satin or semi-gloss finish.
    1. Since you will also be spraying walls in the closets, you need to have canvas drops on the floors and then using a tape machine with paper and tape, tape and paper all around the baseboards above the flooring and below the drywall. About halfway up the face of the baseboard. This doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be applied and the paper over top of the canvas drops around the perimeter so the force of the spray doesn’t blow the canvas drops up and you spray paint on the floors. An average sized closet should only take 10 mins to paper tape.
    2. A spray person that knows what they are doing can switch paints in 2-3 minutes per color/type of paint. So going from ceiling paint to closet paint is a snap. Even if every room has a different color, 2 minutes to change paints is little to sacrifice comp0ared to time saved between spraying a closet with shelves and everything in about 5 minutes compared to how long they would take to roll. And with rolling, you have to drop cloth/cover just as much as you do with spraying. Maybe not the paper tape, but again, that is a small amount of time difference.
  7. Paint all of the edges of woodwork where wood meets drywall with your trim paint. Everything except baseboards.
    1. This gives that paint time to dry while you are painting the walls. It also is much faster and easier to have a straight line where trim paint meets drywall paint than to paint those edges last as a lot of people paint. It only takes 5-10 seconds to paint the side of a door frame, window frame, whatever since you can get a half inch or so on the wall. You will cover that with wall paint when you cut in the walls for rolling.
  8. Paint all walls by doing brush work first and then rolling.
  9. Paint all trim. Using a 4 inch Whizz roller to roll the paint on and then quickly brushing it out will be many times faster and better than brushing alone.
  10. Replace hardware, clean-up, move on to next floor.

If you have any questions, just ask. We’re here to help. If you are planning to paint your home yourself but aren’t used to spraying, you may want to hire us just for that part, while you do the rest. This can be a very cost effective way to have get your new paint job completed quickly and without too many headaches.

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