Interior Wall Painting

Welcome back to “What interior house paint goes where and why” for interior wall painting. Like my last entry “of what interior house paint goes on ceilings” I’m going to explain what materials {paint} to apply when painting walls. So put your seat belt on, stick your drop sheets down, kick the cat and the dog out of the room and get ready to be injected with good, honest solid information about interior house paint for walls.

Firstly there are two basic types of walls, you’ll bound to have one of them, cause if you don’t your house will fall down! (God I kill myself) Anyway they are:

1. Plaster or wet set walls. They have even been known to be called soft plaster walls.
2. Probably the most commonly used material in the building industry, Plasterboard or gyprock plasterboard.

We’ll talk about No 1 in this post, being painting plaster walls. These are the most important walls to get right because the biggest mistake people make when doing this type is not sealing their walls. The most common reason is cost cutting which is fine until the paint falls of the walls, then it’s a huge job. I’ve seen it first hand and it’s an ugly situation you don’t want to be in. Literally the whole house will end up this way and its a job that never ends so don’t scrimp on your sealer. Get it right the first time and believe me you’ll sleep better too.

So a good quality oil based sealer binder is the answer. It does exactly what it says. It seals from moisture and other elements and binds the surface together to give you a nice surface that your finish coats can grab hold of and stick hard to. You’ll get no peeling dramas or paint falling off later down the track and it’ll never have to be done again. Now try to use a good quality paint where it counts especially when it comes to painting walls. Walls get marked easily, animals lean against them and furniture scuffs up against them. The big one, if you have children, they see them as a big blank canvas and begin their first attempts at art class 101. I’m sure most of us have been there, right!

Now a pretty standard coating system for painting walls has always been and for 24 plus years of my painting life is low sheen acrylic – its very washable with might I add warm soapy water… a touch of dishwashing liquid usually does the trick. Low Sheen Acrylic is very user friendly and like I said if it’s a fairly premium product is very nice and easy to apply. So don’t forget when applying paints use two coats and get a nice thick durable coat on.