When painting the interior of the house, many face the question of whether to paint with brushes or a paint. A sprayer is faster than brushes, but the equipment is more complicated and takes practice to use well. Some painters prefer the look of a hand painted room.
If you do decide to spray, there are several ways to prepare and some tricks and hints to ensure an even coating for the look you want.
Things You'll Need
- Spray painter
- Masking tape
- Drop cloths
- Protective clothing or worn out "paint clothes"
- Protective goggles
- Plastic gloves
Protect the floors, furniture, your clothing and yourself. Place drop cloths over the floors and any furniture or appliances that cannot be moved. Be sure anything that you don't want to have paint on it is covered. This includes yourself. Wear protective clothes or overalls or old clothes. Plastic gloves can keep paint from covering your hands and protective eye wear is also important, especially when painting the ceiling. A respirator is also importan to keep from inhaling paint droplets.
Prepare the paint. Most paint must be diluted to work in a sprayer. Be sure to follow the instructions provided with your sprayer to ensure paint is the right consistency. Fill the sprayer according to instructions. If your sprayer is rented, be particularly careful to follow instructions, as you will be liable for any damages.
Start with the ceiling. Mask the tops of the walls with painter's tape and brown paper or plastic if the ceiling is to be painted a different color. Spray an even coat over the surface, being sure not to create too much overlap between each strip. Several light coats provide a better texture and better coverage than one heavy coat.
Prepare the walls. Mask the ceiling edges, as well as all trim such as floorboards and window frames. Remove outlet and light switch covers.
Paint the walls just as you did the ceiling. Paint in slow, steady strokes for even application.
Tips & Warnings
- Depending on the condition and color of your walls, you might need to apply primer first. Primer is recommended if the underlying paint is much darker than the color you intend to cover it with.
- Floorboards, windowsills and other trim should be painted with a brush
- Be sure the area where you are painting is well ventilated.
- Spraying equipment must be kept very clean to work properly and prevent clogs
- Paint sprays from the equipment at a high velocity that can cause injuries
- Photo Credit room painting image by Stephen Orsillo from Fotolia.com