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Repainting Your Home

Follow some of our tips on how to repaint the interior and exterior of your home.

To make your house look good as new, you need to repaint both the interior and the exterior of your home. First, you need to prep the walls before you paint them. Sand the walls, but make sure that you don’t damage the outer layer of the wall panels while doing so. Use 220 fine-grit sandpaper and work on the ceiling and cabinet surfaces as well. This process should help your primer stick to the surfaces better afterwards. 

Second, you need to use some wood filler to fill up any holes you find. Let the filler dry, then sand it down again to smoothen the surfaces. Use heavy-duty TSP cleaner to wash down the area you want to paint to help the primer further along when it comes to adhering to the walls and surfaces. This should help you get rid of all the grime. Just make sure that you follow the instructions that come with your package when using the TSP, mixing the powder with some water and using a sponge to apply it and rinse. 

As for your primer, following the directions from your manufacturer will help you make sure that the primer sticks appropriately depending on humidity and temperature. Use a hand-masker dispenser to tape off your doors and windows easily, then apply your primer, as necessary.

Now that you’ve correctly cleaned, smoothened, and primed your surfaces, it’s time to paint! Pick the colour that you want and choose your application method. You can apply the paint using a paint sprayer, a roller, or the good ol’ paintbrush. An airless paint sprayer will help save you much time when you’re painting large surfaces, especially if you’re planning on applying multiple coats. Just make sure that you use a respirator to protect yourself from the fumes. 

Usually, a coat of primer and 1-2 finish coats should do. Before you spray, you need to mix your paint thoroughly first to prevent any clogging. Prime the sprayer, and paint on a test surface first before you go all-out. Go with long and even strokes, and try not to paint too thickly to keep the paint from dripping and running. 

Find some inspiration online when it comes to picking your palette. You may also want to consider adding some sheen like gloss, satin, or eggshell to allow for easier cleaning but do keep in mind that shine can make imperfections more noticeable. Matte finishes will do the opposite, as they will be more challenging to clean. Still, they will hide imperfections better than glossy finishes can. 

Just remember to take your time to prepare. Rushing through the job will only lead to lower quality work! Keep in mind that the interiors will dictate how you feel about living in your HOUSE, whether temporarily or permanently. How you paint the walls can either result in a pleasant stay or one that will frustrate you every single day. Make sure that you practice patience, and you’ll eventually get the hang of it. 

You will also need to paint the exteriors of your house to make sure that everything looks nice and dandy. You may think that the exteriors aren’t for you but are for the others outside of your house home, but why would you want the outside to look rundown and depressing? Painting the exteriors will mean a world of difference when it comes to how your house will look. After repainting everything, it may not even look like a refurbished model anymore but a new one.

So, how do you repaint the exterior of your house?

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You first need to prepare the different materials you will need to do so. You will need your paint primer, your chosen paint colour, your clear coat, some painters tape, your HVLP spray gun, your compressor, a removal project set, some spray paint, and some tarp. Like with your interiors, you first need to do the necessary prep work to be able to paint your house correctly.

While the prep work can be time-consuming, it’s important not to skip this step as it will mean the difference between a good paint job and one that needs a complete do-over. You can quickly get rid of any peeling paint on the exteriors with a Removal Project Set. This will also help you get rid of the residue and any debris off of the camper. Try to buff around the edges as well to keep the surface smooth. Remove cover plates and any removable hardware as well.

Buff out any sticker residue to make sure that your new paint will hold correctly once you apply it. It would be best if you also sanded the outside to prepare it for your new look. 

Before you get started with the actual painting, you should tape off all of the windows and all of the areas that you don’t want to paint over. You can also make use of some brown craft paper to cover the windows if you want to. Make sure that you will be working on an area that is free from dust and dirt, as you don’t want any debris to stick onto the surface before you even apply your coat of paint. Check for good weather—you wouldn’t want the wind to whip up a storm and scatter dirt and dust all over the place (or make your overspray spread inadvertently). You don’t want to work on a rainy day, either. 

Use an auto body primer to spray over your entire house with an HVLP paint sprayer and a compressor. You can choose to do two coats of the primer. The amount will depend on the size of your motorhome. As for the actual paint, make sure you do some work and let it dry overnight. Let each coat dry first before applying the next one. Then, use two coats of clear coat to seal everything for that clean and polished look (not to mention the coat helps protect your house from the harsh rays of the sun)

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"Now that you’ve correctly cleaned, smoothened, and primed your surfaces, it’s time to paint! "