Tips for Spray Painting Walls and Ceilings
Spray painting walls and ceilings is a lot faster than using a brush and a roller to paint them. Using a sprayer to paint your walls also eliminates the task of having to climb up and down a ladder to cut-in corners with a brush, and a sprayer produces a smoother finish.
The two minor drawbacks of spraying paint indoors is over-spray and paint consumption. Spraying uses more paint, but the time you save using a sprayer is worth the extra paint expense if you want to get your painting project done faster. Spraying is your best option if you’re faced with a whole-house painting project that must be finished in a short time frame.
The ideal scenario, using a sprayer indoors, is to spray the rooms before a move-in when the house is empty, but with careful masking, spray painting walls in an occupied home is as easy as working in an empty one. Masking doesn’t take very long either, using the right tools.
The Best Sprayer for Spray Painting Indoors
A quality airless sprayer is all you need to spray paint the walls inside your home. Two good sprayer brands are Graco and Titan. I’ve mostly used Graco spray equipment, but Titan is good too. Both brands are usually available for rent at the paint store.
Rent an airless sprayer if you only plan to use it one time. Contractor-grade sprayers by Graco, or Titan, aren’t cheap to buy, but major home improvement stores usually sell less expensive models by both brands, meant for the DIY homeowner. These are fine for occasional use.
Painting New Plaster – Everything You Need to Know
Painting new plaster is often a key step to transforming the walls and ceilings in your home. Creating smooth, freshly painted walls and ceilings is an easy and cost-effective way of giving your home a makeover. However, there is a lot of conflicting advice online on what the best methods and practices for painting new plaster are.
There are so many things that you need to consider before painting new plaster. Should you seal your fresh plaster with PVA? What type of paint should you use on new plaster? Should you treat skimmed plaster differently to a surface that has been fully plastered? In this article, we will answer all of those questions and more. We will take you through every aspect of plastering and painting so that you can confidently redecorate your home.
How Long Does It Take for the Plaster to Set?
The length of time it takes for the plaster to set will entirely depend on the type of plaster that you use. Below, we have a list of common types of plaster, what you can use them for, and how long you will have to wait for it to set. Once the plaster has set, you should still make sure that you wait for it to totally dry before attempting to paint it.
How Long Should You Wait Before Painting New Plaster?
One of the most common questions that arise about plastering and painting is how long you have to wait before painting new plaster. Above all, recently plastered walls should be left to dry thoroughly before any painting begins. The time you should wait before painting new plaster depends on several factors. Firstly, have you used plasterboard, or backing plaster? Plasterboard takes on average 2-3 days to dry when plastered, whereas backing plaster takes 4-6 days.
But… Isn’t a Week a Long Time to Wait?
A week may seem like a long time to wait, and it’s understandable that you may get frustrated with the delay. But, if you want to achieve the perfect finish, the wait time will be worth it. The time fresh plaster takes to completely dry will differ in every case. Factors such as the time of year, central heating, and how many layers of plaster there are will affect the time that it takes.
Garage Organization & Renovation Tips
Garages are the unsung heroes of our homes, quietly holding our cars, workbenches, and camping equipment, but they don’t have to look forgotten. In fact, a garage can look quite nice when properly painted. Painting a garage requires a few more steps than painting a regular wall in your home, so we’ve compiled our tips for the best way to make your garage wall paint look amazing.
Clean Garage Walls Before Painting
Before you begin the painting process, you will need to clean off your garage walls. Because they are often left unfinished, garage walls, and ceilings, tend to be much dirtier than walls in your home. They accumulate dust and dirt, and often have water damage or oil stains.
Whether your garage walls are painted or not, you will need to clean them using a broom or shop vac. Once you’ve removed the majority of the dust, wash the walls with a mild mixture of water and dawn dish soap. The water doesn’t need to be too soapy, you’re mainly focused on making sure the surface is clean of debris and dirt. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or a pressure sprayer to wash walls because it will damage them.
After cleaning your walls you will need to determine how you are going to prime them. If the surface if unpainted drywall then you will need to prime them before painting. If the walls are already painted you will need to determine whether they were painted with a latex paint or an oil-base paint. The easiest way to determine this is to wash a section of the wall with a mild detergent. Dip a q-tip in alcohol and rub it back and forth. If the paint comes off you’re working with latex, if it doesn’t it’s oil based.
Prime Unfinished Drywall
Unfinished drywall requires a good surface primer to look its best when painted. You will want to use a drywall primer with PVA (polyvinyl acetate). Because drywall is porous the PVA will help seal the surface and lend durability to the paint you layer on top. If you simply apply garage wall paint to the walls without priming them, most of the garage wall paint will soak into the wall and you will end up with an uneven, bumpy finish. Make your hard work worth it by starting with a primer.
What Is The Difference Between Wall And Ceiling Paint
Thinking of changing the mood in your home with a fresh coat of paint? Well then you have to do some research. Did you know that the paint used on the walls is not the same as the one for the ceiling? You actually need two different kinds of paint, each with its own characteristics and special attributes.
The ceiling paint is obviously designed to be used on the ceiling. You only need a single coat to cover all the imperfections and there will be no splatters.
Ceiling paint is formulated to cover all the edges and to hide all the imperfections. It’s flat and the light doesn’t reflect on it so any small irregularities are not enhances but hidden. The paint is more viscous to eliminate drippiness. Ceiling paint has to cover well, stick well and hide well and this is usually achieved at the expense of other characteristics not needed for this portion of the room.
Wall paint is designed to be more durable so you can easily clean it with soap and water. Scrubbing and cleaning don’t damage the paint. Also, it’s available in a variety of finishes. Glossy wall paint can make a room feel more spacious.
Ceiling paint is designed to allow you to apply it with ease. Some brands make their paint in such a way that it looks pale blue or pink when applied and then turns white when it dries out. This way you can easily spot the missed areas and apply the paint evenly. The colors available for ceiling paint are, however, very limited so if you want something less common you’ll most likely have to color your paint manually.
How to paint a star ceiling… Simple tips from an experienced night sky painter.
Sleeping under the stars can certainly be awe inspiring, romantic, or an amazingly peaceful and relaxing experience… but annoying things can also get in the way too. Things like the distance you’d need to travel to get to that perfect location, timing it just right so a bright moon doesn’t rain down loads of light into an otherwise perfect night sky, then there’s rain, cold and so many kinds of insects, both flying and crawling, that can definitely put a damper on the experience.
But, fret not… there’s a way that you can enjoy a beautiful star-filled night sky, every night if you’d like, and avoid [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]all the hassle of dealing with the elements, travel and bugs. How? Simply, re-create that experience by transforming your bedroom ceiling into your own remote night sky, or planetarium.
This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is easy, inexpensive, and it’s been wowing kids for years… so we know it’s a solid option. Even adults tell me how they grew up with the sticker stars on their ceiling, and loved them. So, there’s a great, inexpensive option. Just grab a bag and start sticking them up. You can’t really go wrong with these. If you have too many in one spot, then remove some. Not enough in another area… then add more. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
This option is the most expensive option, but you’ll usually get the most realistic recreation of the night sky, depending on if you do your due-diligence in finding the right painter. With this option, hopefully your painter has already painted a few hundred murals and they will come in and paint a beautiful mural for you in anywhere from a few hours to a full day (a lot depends on their experience, their techniques and the ceiling size).
With a pro painting your mural, there’ll be no need for Ibuprofen for your neck and upper body pain, and it’ll be done fairly quickly. The downside of a “pro” painting your mural is that you could get someone that isn’t much more experienced than you are. It is the more expensive of all the options (prices range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars per ceiling), and you’ll have to wait until they can fit you into their schedule. Plus, you don’t get the satisfaction of saying that “you” did it.