Painting Textured Walls When House Painting In Jacksonville, FL
There’s no denying that textured walls add extra character to your home and make it unique from others in your area. Of course, as with bare walls, textured ones will need painting every so often to keep your home looking fresh.
The thing about painting textured walls is they’re even more challenging than painting exterior ones! That’s because textured walls have less paint adhesion than standard ones. If you’re going to tackle this job yourself, here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:
Preparation makes all the difference
As with any DIY job in your home, doing the right preparation work is key to a successful outcome. With that in mind, how do you prepare textured walls for painting?
The first thing you must do is thoroughly clean each textured wall. Even if you occasionally clean your walls, you’ll find there is plenty of trapped dirt and dust in textured walls. When you start cleaning, you should:
- Remove any dust with a vacuum cleaner or air duster;
- Vacuum baseboards and around door and window frames;
- Use an appropriate cleaner to get rid of mold or stains;
- Lightly sand any areas where mold penetrated underlying layers of paint.
Once you’ve followed those steps, you will need to tape off any areas you don’t want to paint, such as baseboards, electrical sockets, light switches, and door and window frames. Next, use a textured or microfiber paint roller to apply a primer coat of paint to your walls.
Three ways of painting textured walls
When the primer coat dries, you can start painting textured walls. Did you know there are three ways to paint them? You can use a paintbrush, paint roller, or an airless sprayer:
The first method involves using an ordinary paintbrush. You can make the task easy on yourself by using a wide-sized brush with soft bristles - especially if you’re using oil-based paint.
When painting textured walls with a paintbrush, do so diagonally, so the paint covers the entire surface and hides any brush marks.
The second option is with a paint roller. You’ve already used a textured or microfiber paint roller for the primer coat; use it again for the topcoats. Paint rollers with a 1/2-inch nap are perfect for lightly-textured walls, while a 3/4-inch nap is suitable for rougher textures.
Applying paint in vertical strokes or a ‘v’ pattern followed by vertical strokes will be fine.
Lastly, you could use an airless sprayer when painting textured walls. Ideally, you should spray overlapping layers in horizontal patterns. Make sure you don’t rush the spraying; otherwise, you won’t cover all areas.
What to do if you’re finding the job tough?
Painting textured walls in your home isn’t a quick or straightforward task, and you’ll sometimes need specialist tools for a satisfactory result.
If you’re finding the work or the concept tough, A New Leaf Painting can take care of it for you. Contact us today for a free estimate.