Professional Tips on House Painting

Most of us can do a most basic painting job around the house, but it takes a trained professional, if you want a great job done. Professionals have long years of experience and know tricks and techniques, which the average home owner doesn’t. In this post, we will give you few professional tips on house painting.

Before you start the house painting job, move everything out of the room. Sometimes, large pieces of furniture can be left covered in the center of a large room, but if you’re going to repair drywall, then you need to move everything out, because drywall dust goes everywhere. Also remove doors, lighting fixtures and any hardware. To do the job like a pro, invest in high-quality drop cloth. You will be surprised to find out how well a few drops of paint can cover the floor. Canvas or paper-back plastic drop cloth is good choices. Don’t use lightweight fabrics, because paint soaks right through them.


Before you start the actual house painting, you need to find and fix all the cracks and dents. For the minor cracks and dents, use painter’s putty or lightweight spackle. For deeper dents, use plaster of Paris. Next, smooth any bumps with a drywall pole sander. If you want smoother walls and better adhesion, sand all previously painted walls, regardless of the shape they are in. After you’re done sanding, clean the walls with a mild cleaner, unless you like textured walls. Fill in any gaps with a paintable acrylic-latex caulk. This will cut on drafts and make your trim look great. The secret to using caulk is to cut the tip smaller than you think it should be, because too much caulk makes a mess. Use painter’s blue tape. To prevent paint bleeding, use a putty knife to bed the tape. When you’re done with the house painting, score the edges of the tape line with a utility knife to avoid tearing the tape.

blue painter's tape

To do a house painting job like a professional, choose an alcohol or alkyd primer. These primers will cover almost anything. Also, buy the best quality paint you can afford. Keep in mind that glossier paints are more stain-resistant and can be scrubbed. However, they will also highlight any imperfections in the wall or in the paint job. Keep in mind that modern paints dry too quickly and are difficult to brush out. Using paint additives will slow the drying time and make the paint more workable. Another issue, which may occur, is that latex paints form a skin and removing the painted tape can tear the skin, resulting in a ragged rather than a sharp line. Learning how to cut in with a brush takes practice, but if you can do it, you’ll leave most tapers in the dust.


These are just a few of the tips we can give you to help you prepare for house painting like a professional. You can find online tips on choosing the right equipment and doing the job. Keep in mind that it takes time and practice to become really great at house painting.