Adding fresh paint to our homes is one of the easiest and most common renovations we make as homeowners. Because of this, even the most novice at doing home repairs might be more inclined to tackle a painting project. Unfortunately, there are a few precautions you should be aware of before enthusiastically beginning.
Be sure you always have proper ventilation. Most paints, especially oil-based paints, primers, and paint thinners, all contain harmful chemicals, or VOCs. If you are using a paint sprayer, be sure to wear a ventilator. Always work in a well-ventilated area, and keep pets and children away from the area. If working outside, be sure there isn’t a wind that can blow unwanted fumes at you. Wear protective clothing to keep as much of the material as possible off of your skin.
Be careful when scraping or removing paint, especially if the possibility of lead-based paint exists. Have your paint tested by a lab before you begin removal to ensure no lead exists. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns against anyone attempting a “do-it-yourself” removal of lead paint. All of the traditional methods of paint removal are bound to stir up the lead dust, and it will create a dangerous situation for both you and anyone in the immediate area. If your paint tests positive for lead, you should definitely request the assistance of a professional painting contractor trained in hazardous material removal.
Finally, always be careful when using ladders and scaffolding. Be sure to keep paint within the recommended temperatures, and only paint in good weather. Request free house painting estimates from licensed contractors in your area to assist you with your painting project.