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Follow These Tips When Preparing to Repaint Interiors

Interior repainting of a house or commercial property can refresh its look if material selection and application are excellent. Planning your project in detail guarantees the best results.

Here are some matters to consider whether preparing to do it yourself or seeking a professional among painting contractors in St Charles.

Types of Interior Paint

Differences in paint types are based on smoothness, shine and ease of cleaning -- characteristics collectively known as "sheen."

There are five levels of sheen: high gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell and matte (also called "flat"). For a room requiring the best moisture resistance and ease of cleaning, such as a bathroom or kitchen, you likely would paint the doors, cabinetry and trim with a high gloss product and the walls with a semi-gloss or satin paint.

Satin paints have a soft, velvety glow. It's common to use them in areas of high traffic such as a living room or office entry. For low-luster elegance in a formal dining or meeting room, you might choose an eggshell finish and semi-gloss for trim. Matte paints should be reserved for rooms with the lowest traffic.

Color Selection

The first rule to remember is that walls and ceiling should be light colors if little natural illumination is available. Light colors tend to create a greater sense of spaciousness. If you want a room to feel smaller and more cozy, you might choose a darker color for the walls.

You can add greater sophistication to a color scheme by using a few shades of the same hue, the lightest of which should cover the ceiling.

Or you may select a neutral color -- such as a silvery gray -- for most of the interior to create a quiet feeling of natural flow from one room to another. Creating an occasional accent wall in a bolder color adds drama. White trim and doors give this color scheme a crisp look.

Finally, save money by avoiding wrong choices. Purchasing sample pints of paint to try out on walls is better than basing decisions on paint chips. 

Prep Work

Before painting begins, prep work needs to be done. First, objects and furniture must be removed. If a piece of furniture, such as a desk or sofa, is too large to move into another room, protect it with a drop cloth.

Next, walls need to be vacuumed and scrubbed. Any cracks and holes must be filled with putty, sanded and vacuumed again. Then it's time to apply a primer coat to smooth over any imperfections or stains and to help paint adhere better.

Project Timing

Some times of year are better than others for painting. For example, you need to avoid times when humidity is high, because nobody wants to live with wet paint for days. 

The best temperature range for comfort and for good drying is about 50 to 80 degrees F. Although chilly, sunny winter days are also good choices for painting inside.

Whatever time of year you choose, don't begin a painting project close to a special event. The rush to finish may cause errors and the smell of fresh paint likely will be unwelcome at a celebration.

Professional Painting

It's demanding to fit interior painting into the schedule at work or home. When you want your job done well and quickly, a professional is the best choice. Please contact us at Prime Time Painting for a free consultation in St. Charles, South Elgin, Naperville, Schaumberg and Aurora.