The principle motivation people paint their interior walls is to brighten up the look of the room. A fresh paint job can provide new life to a dull space. To get a smooth finish you must first take some time to prepare the walls properly. People like to try to cut corners to save money and time, but doing this could make your work appear dreadful and cost you a lot of cash..

Follow these simple guidelines for a smooth application:

The first step is to use a paint scraper to remove all of the old chipped paint. Scrape as much of the old paint off that you can. Sand the chipped areas by using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. Make an effort to smooth the edges as much as possible in order that it will not be noticeable under the new paint.

Wipe down the areas to be painted. Wash walls and woodwork to get rid of dust and grease from all of the surfaces. Grease keeps the paint from adhering to the surface properly, and dirt or dust will attach itself to the newly painted wall. Wash with a mild soap and water solution and allow to air dry before prepping.

Tape off the parts you do not want painted like baseboards and mouldings. Cover lighting fixtures and wall sockets, and put plastic sheets over furniture to guard from drips. You might also need to put plastic or an old sheet down on top of the carpet in the area you are painting. Paint rollers can sometimes slip and hit where you don't want it to.

Fill in any holes or cracks with filler and smooth out. Also fill in any holes left from where you scraped the old paint if there are any. If there is the least bit of an impression on the wall it can show through the paint as an uneven spot, so make certain you fill this as well. When you have filled in all of the spots, smooth the puttied area with a damp sponge and then let it dry. When dry, sand the area using the sanding block to smooth out any edges that are left.

Choose a top quality brand of paint. You do not have to spend a fortune on a gallon of paint, but you should purchase a top quality product. Call around to some local contractors in the area and ask what brand of paint they might suggest that you use. Once you have a name you can call or visit some home improvement stores and check and compare prices. This is often an important step because if you choose a less expensive brand of paint it may not cover as well, this means using more than one coat, which also means more paint. Using a primer is an option, but usually is not required. A good brand of paint should cover in one coat. Now and then you may require a further coat to give it a more polished look.

A final tip:

After your new paint has dried, check for any bubbled or uneven spots. If you see bubbles, lightly scrape the top, fill and retouch. You can always purchase a small pot of the same colour paint for touch ups. If you are not really a do-it-yourself type, or you do not have the time for such a project you can hire an expert to do the work for you.

If you are planning to paint the interior of your property then think about hiring a company such as Painter London first. There is a lot of arranging to do, so you really have to to plan it carefully, otherwise you will end up wasting a lot of paint.

Author's Bio: 

I enjoy writing about my work, specifically the DIY projects I carry out around my home.