4 Tips on How To Paint Over a Painted Wall
One of the most effective ways to breathe life
into a wall is a fresh paint job. A new coat of
paint makes things not only brighter but makes
the house or business property more appealing.
While the prospects are exciting, many people
are often caught in a rut when considering
painting over an already painted wall.
Trying to repaint a wall blindly only results in
an unattractive looking wall. If you are feeling
truly passionate about painting over a painted
wall, here are four tips to get you on the right
Grease, dust, and grime will collect on any wall
external or internal. Before applying a fresh
coat, some scrubbing and wiping are necessary.
If you paint on a dirty wall, ugly bumps and
streaks will appear, causing an ugly result on
something you were trying to spruce up. Cleaning
the walls make it much easier to apply paint.
Before repainting, use a primer to create a
barrier between the old coat of paint and your
new color. Another benefit of priming is that it
creates a porous surface that gives the wall a
more finished look. Avoid choosing paints with
built-in primer, as they are not effective on a
wall with the old color. Such products may work
if you are painting the same color but if you
are making a dramatic color change, a good
oil-based primer is important.
It is easy to prime a wall using a thick roller
brush to paint a thick layer. Do not skimp on
the primer, as it will not be seen once you have
painted. If you can still see the old color
through the first coat of primer, it means
another cat is needed. You will need a thicker
coat of primer if the old coat was a darker
Remember, there are many types of priming
products available so you will need to take your
time comparing to find the best.
3. Fill and sand
If it is an old wall, there may be some holes
and cracks that need filling. To do this you
need to purchase filler and correctly apply it
over the cracks and holes. After this, a
thorough sanding is necessary to keep the
surface smooth and even in readiness for the new
color. Remember; bigger holes may need filling
more than once to ensure that the surface is
smooth and consistent.
Some people think of filling and sanding as too
big of a hassle but skipping this step only
compromises the new paint job.
After washing, priming and filing you are ready
to start painting the new color. Choose your new
color wisely and have all the right tools in
place to achieve guaranteed good results.
Depending on the wall, you will need more than
one coat of paint to achieve a good finish. When
you are done with the first coat, leave
sufficient time for it to dry before applying
the next one. Experts recommend waiting at least
two hours before applying the next coat.
If you are painting the same color as the old
one, a single coat might be enough but if you
are going with a different shade, it is
imperative that you use more than one coat. When
shopping for paint, make sure to buy an extra
can just in case you run out. Experts agree that
it is better to have more than you need.
Insufficient drying time will only dent your
results including disabling the effects of your
primer. Carefully read the instructions on the
paint can to see exactly how much time is needed
for proper drying. To prevent paint bleeding and
ensure clean lines, invest in painters tape. To
get into corners and areas where your roller
will not; use an angled brush.
Now that you have read through these tips, you
will be ready to give that wall a new look. Dive
right in and don’t be afraid to get your hands
dirty as you gradually achieve wonderful results
on the chosen wall. Repainting is an enjoyable;
rewarding process but only if, it is done right.
Be wise and take time to finish each step for a
lovely looking wall in the end.