DIY painting is one of those wonderfully versatile home improvement tasks that you either love or hate. But love or hate DIY painting, it is probably the easiest and quickest way of improving your home environment. Better still, provided you work tidily and use the appropriate paint products for each DIY painting job, you will undoubtedly succeed.
If you've never done any painting yourself, you probably aren't familiar with the different products that are available. In essence, there are two basic paint types, one that is solvent-based, including various types of enamels that will produce surfaces that range from very shiny to really quite matt, and the other that is water-based. When you paint with solvent-based paints you need to clean brushes and rollers with mineral turpentine (unless a different type of solvent, like thinners, is specified). When you use water-based paints, you use water to clean your brushes and rollers, or to thin down the paint if you need to. A lot of people feel water-based paints are easier to work with, but they do dry more quickly and so if you drip of splash, you'll need to clean up quickly.
Remember that some paints require primers and undercoats, while others don't. Study the labels on paint cans to see what the paint is intended for (for example masonry, wood or metal) and what, if any, primers or undercoats are required.
The different Tools you need for your DIY Painting Project
The tools required for DIY painting are minimal. You'll need a selection of different sized brushes and a roller, depending on what you're planning to paint. These will differ from project to project. Tools and materials needed to prepare surfaces for painting include scrapers and sandpaper. If you're going to be working with brushes, then you can dip straight into the paint pot. But if you're going to use a roller, you will also need a paint tray to pour the paint into. In addition, you will need a drop cloth or newspaper to protect the floor and any other surfaces that might be splattered with paint by mistake. It's also a good idea to always have mutton-cloth, or some either type of material suitable for mopping up drips, on hand. Masking tape is useful for protecting any edges you don't want to paint, like the cornice or skirting board, or door and window frames. Then you'll probably also need a ladder, or sometimes even scaffolding, depending how high up you're going to be painting.
Get to know what paints are available and ask your supplier to suggest suitable options depending on your project. Once you have got everything together, you will soon find out whether you enjoy DIY painting.