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Home Painting Work You Can Do Yourself

It is not as basic as it looks, but one project that pretty much anyone can do on their house is painting. If your household has not been painted in awhile, you know that a painting project may be a challenge. If you perform the appropriate prep work and you make the time, you will be able to save some money doing the work yourself. If you believe that there isn’t the time, then you must look into hiring someone.

At some point the color on your wall will start to peel or perhaps warp and look ugly. Truth be told, your single option might be to scrape the paint off your wall. If your home happens to be very old, it is conceivable that you may have several coats of paint underneath. It is a much harder job when the previous paint was an oil-based paint. After you’re done scraping the paint off of the walls, you’ll either need to putty holes in the wall if it’s wood or speckle if it is drywall then sand it down. As soon as this is done, wipe off the dust, and let it get completely dry. It is advisable to wait around 24 hours to completely dry.

There may be a problem with moisture content build-up if you live in an older home. Paint will start to crack when you have condensation or leaks. You will notice this often in the bathroom, where mold and mildew will likely grow. Though normally found in the bathroom, you could have this problem in other parts of your house. Occasionally your house will have a leak, or hedges that are too close. When your paint is cracking as a result of moisture build-up, you need a different solution. Since you most likely have mildew, and if it happens to be on the inside, you will need a solution consisting of one part bleach and three parts water. If it is outside the home, merely use the solution that accompanies a pressure washer.

You will also need to repaint in the event the paint on your home is fading. This typically happens outside when you have direct sun almost daily. To prevent this problem, steer clear of bright colors, or bold ones, like red. If you want some kind of statement color, consider golden or ruddy tone.

You don’t want to let your home end up in poor shape. You need to make the effort to repaint every few years and deal with any leaks the moment they happen.