Painting a garage is not fun for a variety of reasons. To begin with, many garages are full of items that can make painting the walls difficult. In addition, garages tend to be dirty places, so preparing the walls can take a lot of effort. These tips can help you through the process, so your garage will be beautiful when the project is finished.
Prep the Walls
Before you can paint, you first must clean. In a normal room, you can simply wipe down the walls with a damp cloth. However, in a garage, the walls are often covered in a layer of grime and grease. This dirt needs to be removed before the walls can be painted, or the paint will quickly flake off.
The best way to clean walls that have been streaked with motor oil or a similar substance is to clean the walls with trisodium phosphate (TSP). TSP comes in liquid or powder form, and often needs to be mixed with water before being used. To clean your walls with TSP, mix the TSP in a bucket according to the manufacturer's instructions. Put on a pair of protective eye wear and a pair of rubber gloves, then dip a sponge in the cleaning product. Wipe down the walls with the TSP, then wait for the walls to dry completely before beginning to paint.
Protect Items on the Walls
The garage is a place where shelves, storage bins, peg boards, and other items can be found on the walls. These items need to be painted, protected, or removed from the walls. If protecting the items, wrap them in plastic and then tape the plastic to the items using painter's tape. If the items are going to come down, keep any screws that might be used to hold them to the wall. Put the screws in a bag, then tape the bag to the items so the screws will not get lost. If you plan to paint what's on the wall, use the TSP to clean them first.
Use Easy to Clean Paint
The duller a paint finish is, the harder it is to clean. The dullest paint finish is called flat, and this finish can be difficult to clean. Glossy paint is the shiniest finish; this paint is usually easy to clean. However, just because a paint is super shiny this does not mean that it is appropriate for a garage wall. The shiniest finishes tend to show all the imperfections in a wall. Shiny paint can also be visually overwhelming because it reflects light into the room.
The best paint for a garage is usually satin finish because it's easy to clean but has a relatively mild luster.
Select Colors That Hide Dirt
White is a utilitarian color, so many people choose white for their garage. Unfortunately, white also shows dirt easily and thus can be impractical. When choosing a color to paint your garage, pick something that is neutral in color, like beige, greige, or gray. If you must pick a non-neutral color, choose something that is muted, like light blue or green. These colors mask dirt effectively. Avoid bright, light colors like yellow or lavender.
Contact a Reputable Painting Company
If you're thinking about painting the inside of your garage, consider contacting a reputable painting company. Work with a company that is fast and efficient so you can save yourself the time and hassle of doing it yourself.
For more information about how we can help paint the inside of your garage, contact Elite Painting KC. We'll be happy to answer all of your questions!