Home Improvement Paint
Home improvement involving painting can get really messy and ugly if you do not follow some basic rules and have the necessary tools. Like anything else, you will need enough basic knowledge about paints, tools and techniques, before you can indulge in home improvement painting. It is not very difficult, and in fact requires as much perseverance as intelligence. Besides when conducting home improvement painting projects, you can always chose to tread unfamiliar paths, though you will have to face the consequences, literally, every time you walk past that wall.
Tools you need for Home Improvement Paint
Let's start with the basic tools that you will need; these fall in two categories, basic must-haves and specialty tools. The basic must-haves include a 2inch angular brush, for the windows and the woodwork and a 2inch trim brush, for edges, a bucket, sandpaper, paint tray, wall cleaner, patching compound and screwdrivers. Also a roller frame and cover, with an extension pole are other must-haves. As specialty tools you can get a paint shield, a painter's mitt, a paint edger and finally, narrow rollers, for tight areas. Now all these tools also come in a variety of styles, for example brushes can have natural bristles or synthetic bristles. Natural bristles are best suited for alkyd paints, where synthetic bristles work with both alkyd and latex paints. So look up each of these tools before investing in anything.
Another point is that before you can begin painting you need to prepare the surface of the wall for painting. You need a paint stripper for this, and it is important to use a mask and gloves while using a paint stripper. In case your wall has wallpaper on it, you will need a heat gun to remove the old wallpaper. Only after the surface has been cleaned does the actual painting begin. Now it may sound easy, but painting is actually quite a strenuous job, which needs to be done right, as you have to live the results for a long time. So in case you feel you are not up to it, the best thing to do is hire a painting contractor. Not only will this save you a lot of time and effort, it can actually save you a lot of money, as sometime DIY projects can go badly askew, and cost more than those done by professionals.
To choose the right contractor, you need to first make a list of all the available contractors in the area. When making the list, you need to keep a few points in mind. Make sure every contractor on that list has been working for at least two years, has valid insurance and a list of reliable references. Ask him/her about training and qualifications of all the painters in their team. After this, ask them about the kind of preparation work they require for the assignment, and also any suggestions on the materials that would be best suited for the project. Before committing to anything, be sure you have everything in writing from the contractor. If s/he is a professional, they should have proper contracts and agreements in place before starting. The lowest costing contractor is not always the best, so do not compromise on quality, for a few bucks.
Whichever way you choose to do it, getting your house painted can be exhausting for both you and your family. Keep children and pets away from the paints and other tools, and make sure the paints do not reach any eatables either. The entire experience can be a great one if you take the right decisions, to ensure the quality and safety of your home improvement painting project.