Painting a Room is Cheaper with Tool Rentals from Time Equipment
It might be cold outside, but making improvements inside your home can help build up some sweet equity. While simply painting a room doesn’t add value to your home, you’re going to want to paint after you remodel a room, or finish a basement. Maybe you’re painting a room because you’re just ready for a different look. Not only can painting a room get a little messy, you can end up spending way more than you intended on supplies. Tool rentals from Time Equipment Rental and Sales can help you save money and get the job done right. Whatever the reason you’re painting a room, we’ve got some steps to help you plan and guide you through the process.
Like with most jobs, painting a room takes planning. It’s important to be organized before the actual job begins. Most prep work for painting a room can be done a day or so before you start painting. Painting a room will go by so much faster and you’ll make less mistakes if you don’t have any obstructions to work around.
- Move all furniture out of the room or out of your way.
- Large furnishings can be piled in the center of the room and covered with drop cloths.
- Designate one area in the room where you can gather the rental tools and equipment you’ll need and mix paint as you work.
- Always work from the top down when painting. This helps you see and correct any drips or runs as you go.
- If you’re painting an entire room, plan on painting the ceiling first, then the walls.
Repair Before You Paint
Before you begin painting a room, scrape away flaking paint. Then, lightly sand painted woodwork to “knock down” glossy surfaces and prepare them for new paint. If you’re painting over high-gloss enamel paints, be sure to use a primer-sealer.
Fix any dents, chips, or cracks in the walls before you start painting. Patch small imperfections with spackling or drywall compound.
Prep the Room
Before you start painting a room, remove all electrical switch and outlet covers, wall sconces, picture hangers and any other wall fixtures or attachments.
- Use painter’s tape to mask around windows and woodwork like baseboards, ceiling moldings and door frames.
- Paint only on clean, dry surfaces. If the weather is damp, close all windows and run an air conditioner or dehumidifier before painting, or just wait for more favorable conditions.
- While you work, open windows or run fans to provide a constant supply of fresh air, which will also help to dry the paint more rapidly.
Using a Brush
Wall brushes are typically 3 to 4 inches wide and designed for large, flat expanses. Trim brushes have a 2- or 3-inch-wide straight edge and are a good choice for doors and window frames. Sash brushes have tips cut at an angle and are usually 1-1/2 inches wide, which make them ideal for detailed areas and “cutting in.”
Using a Paint Roller
When painting a room (especially ceilings), cover your hair with a scarf or baseball hat and wear protective eyewear to guard against spatters and drips. An extension pole screwed onto the paint roller handle will help you reach overhead areas.
- Fill the well of the roller tray and dip the roller in halfway, then roll it back onto the tray’s angled platform to remove excess paint.
- Apply paint first in an overlapping vertical “W” pattern, then re-roll this area horizontally, working in a space about 3 to 4 feet square.
- Refill the roller and begin your next application outside the painted area, rolling back into the wet paint as you work.
Cover all areas of the wall and try to avoid missed spots. Usually, a second application is required to provide a uniform, finished coat that accurately matches the color you purchased.
Using a Paint Sprayer
Paint sprayers can paint large interior areas quickly and efficiently. In order to get the best results, make sure you choose the right type of paint sprayer. Painting a room with a paint sprayer depends on how large an area you are painting and what type paint you are using. Although some paint sprayers create more overspray than others, you can minimize your cleanup with proper preparation. Having the right spray tip is important. Latex paints use a Blue #517 spray tip with a 10” spray fan. Oil-based paints are thinner than latex paints and require a Red #311 spray tip with a 6” spray fan. For those hard-to-reach places, Time Equipment offers a 5’ spray gun extension.
- Wear old clothes, shoes and gloves when spraying paint indoors.
- Protect your hair with a hat and protect your eyes with safety goggles.
- Wear a disposable paper face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Before you begin painting, open a window in the room and remove the screen.
- Place an old box fan in the window, positioning it so that it removes air from the room and blows it outside.
Read the sprayer’s directions carefully for how to fill the sprayer with paint, how to adjust the paint nozzle and how to thin the paint to the proper consistency. The distance between the surface and the sprayer varies with the type of sprayer and the type of paint. Once you determine the correct distance, maintain that distance throughout the painting. Spray the paint in smooth, even passes, overlapping by about half on each pass.
SKIN INJECTION HAZARD
- High-pressure spray is able to inject toxins into the body and cause serious bodily injury. In the event that injection occurs, get immediate surgical treatment.
- Do not aim the gun at, or spray any person or animal.
- Keep hands and other body parts away from the discharge. For example, do not try to stop leaks with any part of the body.
- Always use the nozzle tip guard. Do not spray without nozzle tip guard in place.
- Use Graco nozzle tips.
- Use caution when cleaning and changing nozzle tips. In the case where the nozzle tip clogs while spraying, follow the Pressure Relief Procedure for turning off the unit and relieving the pressure before removing the nozzle tip to clean.
- Do not leave the unit energized or under pressure while unattended. When the unit is not in use, turn off the unit and follow the Pressure Relief Procedure for turning off the unit.
- Check hoses and parts for signs of damage. Replace any damaged hoses or parts.
- This system is capable of producing 3300 psi (22.7 MPa, 227 bar). Use Graco replacement parts or accessories that are rated a minimum of 3300 psi (22.7 MPa, 227 bar).
- Always engage the trigger lock when not spraying. Verify the trigger lock is functioning properly.
- Verify that all connections are secure before operating the unit.
- Know how to stop the unit and bleed pressure quickly. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls.
Painting a room isn’t nearly as daunting of a task as some people might think. Following these simple steps can help you save time the next time you’re getting ready to paint a room. Tool rentals like paint sprayers and texture machines, wallpaper steamers and more from Time Equipment Rental and Sales can help you save money when you’re painting your next room. Give us a call at 605-348-2360 if you have any questions about our painting supplies and tools, or stop on by. Don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook to stay up to date with news and deals from Time Equipment Rental and Sales.