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Do-It-Yourself Room Painting Work

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Phil Kent

It's not as simple as it looks, but one task that pretty much anyone can do on their house is painting. Depending on the situation, you will know how hard or how easy the painting project will be. So long as you have enough time to do the job, you can save money by doing your own painting, and prep work. If you lack the time, but you have the money, you can hire someone to get it done.

After awhile, the paint on your wall will either start to fade or peel. In fact, your only option is to scrape the paint off your wall. If you have a well used home, there's every chance that you have layers of old paint beneath your current one. It can be much more laborious if the layer of paint below was oil-based. Once the peeling paint has been stripped off, you must plug any holes in the wood with putty or spackle parts of your drywall and sand it down as best you can. Once you have completed this process, wipe off the dust and let it dry up. You really should delay 24 hours before it dries completely.

Older homes may have an issue with moisture build-up. Should there be unwanted condensation, a leak, or moisture content building-up, the result will also be cracking paint. You will come across this often in the bathroom, where mold and mildew will likely grow. While this is normally a bathroom issue, it could happen in other parts of the house. Should you have a leak or bushes that are too close to your house, you will experience paint cracks. When your paint happens to be cracking due to moisture build-up, you will need a different solution. As you probably will have mildew, and if it happens to be on the inside, you will need a solution consisting of one part bleach and three parts water. If it is outside of the home, simply use the solution that accompanies a pressure washer.

Additionally, you will have to repaint in the event the paint on your home is fading. Such a thing happens most often outside the home where there is direct sunlight practically for the whole day. To avoid fading, do not employ bright or bold colors like red. If you prefer colors that stand out, try ones that are generally golden or with a ruddy tone.

It is best to try to keep your home seeming fresh and new. You need to take the time to repaint every few years and fix any leaks the moment they happen.

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