10 Things You Should Know About Interior Painting

10 Things You Should Know About Interior Painting


  1. Finish is Important


The finish of your paint will have a major impact on your walls. Low or midsheen finishes hold up better to touching and can be cleaned more easily. But, they can make wall imperfections much more pronounced. A matt finish will hide imperfections as much.


Dekade Gold Label Sheen and Dekade Gold Label Matt are perfect for high traffic areas

2. Embrace Color

Don’t fear the bold colours! Select your favourite colors that add depth and texture to a room. Understand the psychology of colour and use it to your advantage.

3. Try Samples First

Use tester pots to test how a colour will look in your home before purchasing the paint. Paint a small square and view it at different times in a day this will help you judge how a colour will look on a larger area better than a swatch can provide.

Shaves has tester pots for R25 available in all stores.


4. Do the Math

Work out how much paint you will need by calculating the total area you need to paint and also factoring in areas where you will need to add multiple coats.

It’s best to have some paint left over for repair work later on, so get more than you need.

5. Be a Prepper

Prep work will be the vast majority of your time spent painting the interior of your home. You’ll need to tape off areas for sharp lines, move furniture and furnishings, repair and patch any imperfections, protect the floors, and remove things like switch plates and doorknobs. At least three-quarters of your time will be spent doing these tasks.

You’ll need products such as:

  • Masking tape
  • Supa Soaka
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer or undercoat
  • Gloves
  • Turpentine (if solvent based paint is being used)
  • Roller brushes
  • Hand brushes

All of these can be found at Shaves

6. Primer or Undercoat Is Key

Primer will be needed for bare or new unpainted surfaces. You will need to undercoat your walls if you are drastically changing the wall colour. Undercoat not only covers up colours, it also adds a layer to allow the top coat of paint to better adhere, giving you a much better result.

7. It’s Okay to Cut in

Cutting in (painting at corners and edges) allows for smoother work when using rollers or larger brushes. Trying to do this after painting larger areas will create uneven lines. It may seem like a lot of work, but you’ll be much happier with the result.


8. Quality roller, quality finish

Get a quality roller for a smooth, even finish. Remember to paint in an overlapping “W” to get better coverage and smooth out roller lines.

9. Use an Extension Pole

While you’ll need ladders for cutting in and detail work at heights, an extension pole added to a roller will save you time. You’ll be able to reach further, particularly on ceilings, without having to move as much.

10. Combine Paint for Uniformity

This is called boxing, and it will help you avoid any inconsistencies in the colour of your paint coverage. Simply pour multiple litres into a larger, resealable bucket, and stir thoroughly. Today’s mixing processes are much more uniform than in the past, but this step is a fail-safe measure just in case there was a slight mistake when the paint was mixed.


Credit: DIY Network

Chris Hill – https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/10-things-you-must-know-about-interior-painting-pictures