Rejuvenate Your Home With Fresh Paint

Nothing makes a home look more renewed than a fresh coat of paint. It's one of the easiest ways to increase your home's appeal.

If your needs don't extend to a major task like adding an extra bedroom or enlarging the kitchen, but you still feel your house needs a pick-me-up, painting is an attractive solution.

While repainting your present home can be a cost-effective alternative to a major overhaul, it too can become costly depending upon the extent of the project and reliability of those hired to perform the task.

One solution for the homeowner is to do all of the painting, preparation and application themselves. Most people don't realize that they can rent nearly everything they need to complete many of the tasks involved in painting.

If someone is uncertain how to handle a particular tool or piece of equipment, will give them instructions on the premises before that customer leaves. or, if they have procedural questions once they get the equipment to their home, they can call and get information over the phone. To help you plan your home improvement paint job, the following is suggested:

1. Measure the surface area you intend to paint to determine the amount of paint you need to buy (different types of paint yield different amounts of coverage). If you're unsure, don't be afraid to ask.

2. Clean the paint surface well. For exterior painting, use a pressure washer or water blaster. Unlike sand blasters, with water blasters clean-up is relatively easy. They clean the pores instead of just the surface without damage to the structure. For interior painting, use a sponge and some type of household cleaner to remove the accumulated dirt and grease, particularly in the kitchen area.

3. Make sure the trim surface is clean as well. These may need to be scraped or a solvent applied.

4. Don't forget to mask the surface areas which are not to be painted. Use drop cloths liberally to avoid getting excess paint on inside carpet, furniture, or on walkways or outside patios.

5. For a professional finish use an airless paint sprayer. Used correctly, the cleanup is easy and the life of your paint job can last 2-3 times longer. With an airless sprayer, the paint penetrates the pores of the wood instead of just covering its surface.

6. Allow surfaces plenty of time to dry. Paint applied to a damp surface will create an uneven finish.

7. Paint in smooth strokes. If you're using a sprayer, spray to an even depth. It's usually best to direct the spray horizontally against the wall surface, slightly overlapping the edges of the spray area.

8. Give each coat of paint enough time to dry before applying the next coat.

9. Clean your brushes thoroughly, using warm water for water-base paint or paint thinner for oil-base paint.

So, if you want to paint a single room, or the entire house, think about renting the necessary equipment and do the job yourself.