Special for the Arizona Daily Star
Question: I am preparing to paint the interior of my house. I have never painted an entire wall before. I don’t even know where to start. No suggestions?
Responnse: Oh, I have plenty of suggestions.
Trust the professionals
Once you’ve decided what to paint and the color, go to the paint store, not the paint department of a home improvement store, but an actual paint supply store such as Sherwin-Williams. The staff there know about painting because that’s all they do. A painting professional will advise you on the type of paint (matte, gloss, semi-gloss, etc.), the tools you will need, and how to properly apply that specific type of paint.
Repair and prep before painting
There are probably a few dents or cracks in the walls that you need to repair before painting. Paint alone will not fix them. Even if you don’t have a mess, the walls need to be cleaned or you’ll paint over the dirt and grime.
The quality of any paint job depends on how well the walls are prepared.
Sherwin-Williams explains in its Pro Tip resource, Know Your Substrates, that paint failure is usually a symptom of poor surface preparation. Thorough cleaning of the surface ensures good paint adhesion and helps you get the most out of your topcoat. Other Considerations: