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Tips for Painting Over Dark Colors Without Primer in Sag Harbor, NY

Painting the interior of your home is an excellent way to provide a little facelift inside your home.  Choosing the right color for a room is half the battle, executing the perfect paint job is the last half.  Going from light walls to dark isn’t nearly as taxing as going from dark walls to lighter ones.  If you don’t know much about interior painting, it could be a tad overwhelming. Relax, we have you covered.  L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. would like to relate some tips and advice on painting the interior of your walls going from a dark, rich color, into a soft and light color.

Interior Painting Supplies

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Degeaser
  • Sponge
  • Paint Scraper
  • Fine Grit Sanding Block
  • Drop Cloth
  • Broom
  • Spackling
  • Waterproof Painter’s Caulk
  • Caulking Gun
  • Tinted-Stain Block Primer
  • 2” Tapered Paint Brush
  • Paint Pan
  • Rollers
  • Roller Handle
  • Your Paint of Choice
  • Painting Tape

Interior Painting Tips

                – Invest in a high quality of primer and paint to reduce the number of coats needed for adequate coverage.

                –  Oil based primers and shellac primers are more efficient at burying dark colors.

                –  Be sure to use your painting tape to place over ceiling seams, baseboards, door trim, window trim, hardware and everything you do not want compromised by paint.

                –  Use a top safety ladder to trim out the top of the wall and 2 inches down, use the paint brush to cut out 2” from baseboards and window and door trim.

                –  Utilize roller extensions to minimize the use of being on a ladder for safety.

                –  Primer and paint will emit fumes, to help reduce the affects, open windows and flip on a ventilation fan if one is available. 

Wall Painting Process Step by Step

                1.  To start, be sure you have enough primer and paint to cover the intended walls.  For those who are unsure on how to get total square footage, simply multiply the length measurement by the width measurement.  Also have all your equipment and supplies ready to go. 

                2.  Remove shelves, pictures and other decorative wall décor, including all the nails and screws.  Outlet covers and light switch plates should also be detached.

                3.  Sweep away all the dust, cob webs and debris off all the walls.  If walls are riddled with blemishes, spray degreaser onto the walls and wash them well.  Allow the walls to dry thoroughly before continuing.

                4.  While the wall is drying, push out all the furniture to the center of the room, if you are able, move some of the lighter pieces into other rooms so you have more space to work.  For extra protection, cover the furniture with old sheets or plastic protectors.  Place your drop cloths down, and set up a paint station on one of the cloths. 

                5.  With your paint scraper, lift away the loose and flakey paint.  Spackle any holes or cracks throughout the wall.  Once dried, use your sanding block to smooth out the spackle, and any areas where the old paint needed removal.  Clear away the dust left behind from sanding with a microfiber cloth.

                6.  If you prefer a seamless look to your walls, use the painter’s caulk along the seams.  Bead on about 2 feet of caulk and smooth with your finger, wipe away the excess before moving on.  Continue throughout the room in the same manner, and allow the caulk to dry completely.

                7.  Tape up the areas that need protection from clumsy brushings.

                8.  Apply your coat of primer and follow directions according to the label.

                9.  After primer is complete, paint your walls. Additional coats of paint may be needed for adequate coverage depending on the quality of primer and paint.

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Painting the interior of your abode could be very laborious and difficult for people lacking time, physical ability or ambition.  For premium painted walls, invest in a professional.  Our specialists at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc are masterfully trained and have the best equipment and supplies to paint your home quickly and efficiently.  Call us today to get started.

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