Painting tall buildings in Eugene, Oregon can be both risky and complicated. Accessing higher and unreachable points could cause very serious injuries if not handled carefully. In order to do it effectively, you should use a combination of tools such as stepladders and scaffolding.
Also, apply the paint during the day when there is bright and indirect light with low humidity. Utilizing tools like extension poles and paint rollers will ease your workload when painting tall walls too.
The following are some of the strategies that you can employ to effectively apply paint on tall walls;
Priming the Walls
• Extension poles are important for a successful painting of tall walls. Purchase paint extension poles and rollers that are compatible with the walls you intend to paint.
• Assemble your tall ladder by placing its base steadfastly on the floor and cautiously align it in opposition to the wall. The length of the ladder will be dependent on the tallness of your walls. Thus, it is advisable to go for an extension ladder. Ensure that all safety features of the ladder are in proper working condition.
• For cases where there are holes or uneven spots on the walls, apply a sparkling paste. Thereafter, wait for the paste to dry before sanding the spots to attain the smoothness you require.
• Cover your floor surfaces with a drop cloth to ensure that the floor stays free from unwanted primer and paint drops. The drop cloth should be enough to cover the whole floor surface including the edges. Use the drop cloth to cover fixed fixtures as well.
• If painting over dark color or stained surfaces, use a tinted primer. You can request the paint store to tint the primer for you depending on which paint color you will be using.
Paint All the Edges in the Room
• Also referred to as cutting in, painting all the edges in the room should be done before painting the entire walls. Using an angled painting brush, cautiously apply the paint to the corners and edges on the room.
• To paint tall surfaces, place your painting brush at the highest point of an extension pole. This pole should be long enough to enable you to paint without straining. For edges that require the use of a tall ladder, get someone to firmly hold a ladder in position as you paint.
• Use an extension pole together with a paint edger to paint clean and direct lines. Basically, slip the edger alongside the wall’s perimeter. This will enable you to paint a clear line without spreading the paint to adjacent walls. The best alternative for this would be using a painters’ tape.
• Allow four hours (or as recommended by the manufacturer) for the paint to dry before applying a subsequent coat.
• After the edges are dry, carefully apply the subsequent coat on the wall surfaces.
Applying the paint
• Carefully attach the roller on to an extension pole. The base of the majority of rollers can screw into the extension pole which makes it easy to attach.
• Start painting your wall from the topmost point working downwards.
• Immerse the roller in paint making sure that all sides are evenly covered before gently rolling it down from the peak of the walls downwards to the base of the floor. Repeat the process until the whole wall surface is evenly painted. Use ladder where applicable.
• Depending on the type of paint used, allow approximately 4 hours for it to dry. You can catalyze the drying process by fanning or air conditioning your room. Close all windows and other outlets if the environment is wet or humid outside. This is because moist walls slow down the drying process.
• Use the same procedure in the initial painting to thoroughly apply the second coat to the walls. Ensure that the room is well aerated to remove paint fumes.
Besides saving on money, painting your walls will give you a feeling of accomplishment. Just follow the above tips on how to paint tall walls, and you will be surprised at how simple it is to achieve an excellent outcome. However, if painting tall walls proves to be impossible, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional painting contractor for help.