You’ve got everything you need to paint the interior walls of your home, the best brushes, and the most appealing colors. But, you may also wonder, how long does it take to paint a house? Will this be worth the effort?

Maybe you’re even recalling an unpleasant experience from the past where your paint job didn’t turn out the way you expected, leaving you to deal with faded colors and peeling walls. 

All this comes down to a few factors that affect the longevity of your painting project. 

What are those factors? Let’s explore the details that make for a long-lasting residential interior painting project. 

The quality of the paint

When it comes to residential interior painting, it’s easy to get swept away by the color selection process, but on top of selecting the right hue, you also need to focus on the brand you’re choosing. 

With a high-quality paint type, you can enjoy benefits like:

  • Better adherence to surfaces 
  • Brighter appearance for your walls and ceilings 
  • Protection for your drywall through thick coats of paint 
  • Coverage of stains and food odors to give rooms a fresh feel
  • Protection from UV damage and a longer time until it fades
  • Greater pigmentation so you won’t need that many coats
  • Surfaces that are free from mildew, mold, peeling, cracking, and blistering
  • Wipeable surfaces so scuffs, fingerprints, and food particles can be wiped away easily

The higher quality of paint you choose, the longer it will last. 

Surface preparation

Thorough surface preparation is needed to make sure your walls and ceilings are ready for a new paint job. 

The first step is making necessary repairs including scrubbing and scraping off the old paint so that there aren’t any chalky particles left behind. Your surfaces will be even smoother if you pressure wash them.

Afterward, the surfaces being prepped for painting should be left to dry off completely before any crevices and holes are filled in and smoothened out to prevent sharp edges. 

To complete the pre-preparation stage, priming is a must. This step involves the application of a substance to the areas that must be painted to enhance the adhesion of the paint.

The right tools and techniques

To get the most out of your residential interior painting project, it’s important to use the right tools and painting techniques. Your best shot of achieving this is to hire a professional interior painter. 

Expert painters help increase the durability of your paintwork by:

  • Using high-quality paints
  • Preparing your walls, from drywall repair to the priming 
  • Following the latest painting techniques and industry standards
  • Using the right painting equipment—paintbrushes, patching tools, and spraying tools

We all want our new paint job to be completed as fast as possible, but that shouldn’t come at the cost of missing the important details that lay the foundation for a smooth paint application. 

By hiring an experienced set of hands, you can avoid these mistakes and enjoy a faster and higher quality paint job that also lasts longer. 

Cleaning and maintenance

To protect your investments, it’s necessary to not just focus your time, money, and effort on the painting itself but also on maintaining your newly painted surfaces. 

The first step is to clean them, especially in high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, areas near wall switches, or near/behind TVs. 

Use a natural sponge dipped in a non-abrasive soap and water solution so you don’t damage the paint. 

You should also dust these surfaces once in a while to prevent dust and dirt accumulation using tools like microfiber dust cloths and sweepers with soft bristles.

Touch up any signs of damage—holes, chipping, leaks—as quickly as possible to prevent any long-term damage. 

Attention to detail helps your residential interior painting last longer

A good painting project considers all the minute details—the ones that can mean the difference between a good paint job and a stellar paint job that can revamp the aesthetic and appeal of your home.

By making sure you get all these details just right, you can get yourself a paint job that keeps your home looking brand new.