Getting your home painted can be an extensive, time-consuming project. So, you’ll want that paint to last as long as possible. By implementing strategies to prolong the lifespan of your paint the first time around, you can avoid future touch-ups and the need to re-paint.
There are several ways to extend the life of your paint in Denver. This article will outline the most effective methods to help you preserve the quality of your home’s interiors.
Start With Spotless Walls.
Before you even start painting, it’s important for your walls to be spotless.
Dirt and Grime
Washing the walls and trim will get rid of dirt, dust, debris, stains, and cobwebs that can sabotage the new coat of paint. Dirty walls can keep paint from adhering and debris can get stuck in the paint, preventing it from being applied in a smooth, even layer.
You can wash your walls with a combination of water and gentle soap, such as laundry detergent. Apply the solution gently to remove the grime without damaging the wall. Make sure the rinse off the solution once you’re done with a damp sponge, dry with a towel, then leave the wall to dry completely before picking up the paint roller.
To begin your Denver painting project, you’ll also need to get rid of any old paint. Flaking, bubbling, or otherwise damaged paint on your walls will need to be scraped away to ensure good adhesion and a smooth coat of the new paint. You can also sand away the old paint either by hand or with a power sander, depending on the size of the area.
Choose a Stellar Paint.
The paint itself will make a big difference in how long your newly painted walls last. Not all paints are made equal, and using a high-quality paint is important to preserving the condition of your interiors. While higher-quality paints come at a higher price point, you’ll save money in the long run by avoiding the need to re-paint. High-quality paints prevent fading, yellowing, and peeling, as well as:
- Need fewer coats
High-quality paints have more pigment than low-quality paints, meaning that you’ll need fewer coats of them to achieve the same look.
- Avoid damage to your drywall
High-quality paints are thick enough to offer drywall protection.
- Allow for easy cleaning
Whether caused by cooking, kids, or any number of other factors, walls get dirty sometimes. High-quality paints allow for easy cleaning so that you can simply wipe the walls down if food or fingerprints leave a mark.
- Hide small imperfections
Nobody’s perfect. If your current walls have small flaws, a high-quality paint will do a much better job at covering it up than low-quality paint.
Maintain Your Walls.
After the Denver painting job is done, you’ll still need to put in a bit of work to keep your walls in good condition. We know that this is another task to add to your to-do list, but it will make all the difference when it comes to protecting your painted walls.
- Keep the walls clean and dusted.
Washing the walls, (namely in areas that are likely to get dirty, like the kitchen and bathroom), will help keep your paint looking pristine for years to come. Using a soft sponge with a gentle soap and water solution to wipe down your walls at least once annually will help preserve the longevity of your paint. Also, whenever you dust the other surfaces in your home, give the walls a dusting, too. Keeping the paint dust-free will help it remain in good condition for longer.
- Take care of paint damage ASAP.
We hope that you won’t have to deal with paint damage. But, if the situation arises, it’s better to deal with it sooner than later. Chipped, peeling, or bubbling paint should be promptly re-painted to keep your home beautiful while prolonging the life of your paint.
Enlisting the help of your Denver painting professionals is the best way to ensure that your home’s paint lasts as long as possible. Brush Strokes Painting is a leading Denver painting company offering residential services. Contact us today to get started!