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5 Painting Tips to Paint like a Pro for Chicago Dwellers

By: Bob Fortune

Created: Aug 22, 2014

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Painting your home like a pro is not a mammoth task. It just needs some basic guidelines, knowledge and a little experience.

A fresh coat of paint can make your home look pretty and nice for a long time. By keeping a few tips in mind, your paint job can look as good as a pro. Paint can be broadly classified into water based latex and alkyd which is oil based. The former is very easy to clean with mild soap and water. It has very little odor and stays on for a long period of time. The alkyd paints need a thinner to clean up. But most professional painting contractors in Chicago prefer the alkyd variety as it is resistant to stains, more durable and easy to apply.

You might choose any of them just remember that alkyd won’t go on latex and vice versa. Read on to know some tips for painting –

1. Always Use a Primer

You might be tempted to skip the primer, but you will surely regret it later. Primer ensures that the paint goes on a smooth surface and also bonds strongly with the wall. The true color of the paint only comes out when used after a primer job.

2. Try All the Pro Tricks

If you want your paint job to look like a pro, then paint like one. Get an edge pad for clean edges and corners. Ensure to tape off all surfaces to minimize drippings.

3. Ensure That the Paint Sticks

Paint will stick the best to a well prepared wall. Ensure that the wall is absolutely clean, has no traces of gloss and in good condition, before you start painting.

4. Buy a Gallon At One Time

House painting experts in Chicago suggests that a home maker should buy a gallon of paint for every 400 square feet. If the walls are going to have texture or faux effect then more paint will be needed.

5. Plan Panting On A Dry Day Or The Summer Months

Painting done on a moist or humid day, will take long to dry. Always plan a paint job on a dry and sunny day so that the paint dries up evenly and quickly.

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