So, you’ve picked your color scheme, bought your supplies, and now you’re ready to paint. To help you do the job safely, here are some tips for DIY painting:
When painting, the room must be well ventilated.
Depending on the project, you may need a ladder to reach higher areas. Using a ladder requires careful use and rules to ensure your safety. After making sure that there isn’t any paint on the feet of the ladder to cause damage to the floor or other objects, you should follow these tips:
Both paints pose potential hazards and require professional painters and removers for the job.
When a job requires a solvent based paint or spray, it’s best to leave the work to professionals who have the proper training and equipment. Some solvent based products include oil-based paint, paint thinner, de-glosser, and paint remover. These products are highly flammable and toxic, which is why you shouldn’t take on this project yourself. If you can avoid using a solvent paint, you should stick with using something safer, like a water based paint.
If you need to have lead paint removed, DO NOT REMOVE IT YOURSELF. You have to contact an EPA professional to take care of the situation. Lead paint is potentially hazardous for infants, small children, and pregnant women.
To protect yourself and the area where you’re painting, it’s best to use the proper equipment.
Between usage, you can easily store the paint supplies by wrapping the rollers or brushes in plastic wrap or foil until you use it again. Once your project is done, you can wash the supplies in a large container with water and dishwasher detergent until the paint comes off (Oil based paint will require mineral spirits for removal). Let rollers and brushes stand to dry once clean, and then store them in aluminum foil or their original packaging.