Getting a contractor to paint your interior walls can be expensive. If you live in a terrace house it could set you back around RM5000. Painting your interior walls on your own (or with your friends) could be a fun weekend project. It’s pretty easy and you might get the job done a lot faster than you think. Expert handyman David Lau from Fluxco Services shares his advice on what you need to do before you start your home painting project:
1. Set your tape
You’ll want to line masking tape on areas you don’t want paint to seep into. Press the tape against the skirting of your wall, or if you’re not painting the skirting, then along the top of the skirting. Press down hard when you apply the tape. Run a knife alongside the tape to make sure it really sticks on the parts you want to cover. You’ll need to do this around windows, doors, or any other part of the house you don’t want the paint to seep into.
2. Lay out rags on the floor
Lay out old cloths or rags on the floor in case the paint can spills or paint drops from your paint brush or the wall and ceiling. You don’t want house paint all over your floor.
3. Tape your windows
You’ll want to apply tape along your window frames to make sure that paint doesn’t seep onto them as well. Use high quality masking tape which sticks well but doesn’t pull out paint when you remove it. Masking tape should work just fine. For enhanced protection, completely cover the window by taping a plastic sheet, old rag, or paint covers over the window.
4. Clean your old paintbrushes with a brush cleaner
It’s likely that your paintbrushes have hardened with old paint. Don’t worry, these brushes can be restored. You’ll just need to head over to your hardware store to pick up a brush cleaner. Then chuck the paintbrush into the jar filled with the cleaner. Make sure you cover the jar and the brush with a plastic bag because it releases some nasty fumes.
5. Prepare an extended paint roller
It’s unlikely you’ll be using paintbrushes to paint large portions of the walls. The paintbrushes will be used to touch up the edges. You’ll probably need to get yourself some paint rollers for the ceiling and walls- the kind that David uses, if you don’t already have them.
You’ll probably need a paint roller with reach so you can paint up towards the ceiling from where you’re standing. This is how it should look like. If you want to get the job done twice as fast, get a paint roller that’s double in width. You’ll need two hands to handle it, but you’ll cover two times the area.
6. Patch up dents, holes and cracks
Patch up dents, holes and cracks on your wall with spackling compound. Your new coat of paint won’t hide holes or dents in the wall. You’ll need to fill up the holes with spackling compound and filler. Let it dry then sandpaper it before you start painting.
7. Start with the skirting, then ceiling and finally the walls
Once you’re ready to start painting, don’t go straight at the walls. Use your paintbrush to paint the skirting first. Don’t worry about getting paint on the wall because you’ll cover it up when you paint the wall later. Once you’re done with the skirting then apply the tape. Next go with the ceiling first, and the walls last.
Painting your house on your own is not that hard at all. The significant labour is probably in moving the furniture, covering it with plastic and taping, windows, skirting and doors. The painting is the easy part. If it’s still too much work, there are hundreds of reliable contractors like David on Kaodim who would be more than willing to get your painting done at a price that’s right for you.