Following the proper techniques for your next Port Angeles paint project inside the home can be challenging due to the high humidity in the area, but that doesn’t mean the job shouldn’t be done right. These 3 essential tips courtesy of our professionals will have your next indoor paint project off to a great start, while ensuring things run smoothly yielding results you can be proud of.
1. Prepare to Prevent Problems
Humid conditions call for preparation to prevent common issues that even the most experienced painters encounter. To begin, close all doors and windows to keep out as much of the moisture as possible. Seal off any leaks that may hinder the paint drying process allowing the moist air into the home. To dry things out even further, opt to put a dehumidifier in the room a day or two in advance. Found conveniently at any home improvement store, a dehumidifier is a device that will remove the excess moisture from the air, optimizing the drying speed. Aim to remove enough moisture from the air to bring humidity levels below 70%.
Make sure to wear a face mask for safety reasons if there is not proper ventilation for the paint fumes to exit the room.
2. Prime and Seal Wisely
Always prime and seal unfinished surfaces to create the perfect canvas for your color. If you are simply painting over an already painted surface without any flaws, primer is typically not needed unless covering darker or bold paint colors. A stain blocking primer is your best bet when mildew is an issue. For supremely humid areas, such as the bathroom and kitchen, a vapor barrier primer, such as Glidden Professional Vapor Barrier Primer Sealer is ideal. The best primer will help to prevent bubbling and peeling from ruining any freshly painted surfaces.
3. Read Paint Instructions Carefully
Always read the entire label on the brand of paint you wish to buy before making a purchase. Carefully paying attention to every detail will help to purchase the proper paint and know how to use it. Not all paints are equal and there are specific instructions depending on the surface you plan to cover and in what conditions is best for application. A high gloss paint, such as Behr Premium Plus Ultra Semi-Gloss Enamel is a fantastic option for bathrooms and kitchens, where moisture can be a serious concern day in and day out. Each paint includes manufacturer recommendations regarding room temperature, humidity level, and suggested dry time between coats. Instructions must be followed carefully to guarantee the quality of the results.
While Port Angeles paint projects warrant some extra precautions, the reward is worth it in the end. Remember to always follow professional advice when starting any home renovation project to ensure the best results. If you need some help, we welcome you to contact us at (888) 435-1212. We here at Puget Services are always willing to lend a helping hand, or simply offer some friendly advice.