If you’re planning on renting a property out to other people, it’s important to touch up little details like the garage to make it more desirable to prospective renters. One of these details that people often forget about is the garage. Do your property’s garage walls need a fresh coat of paint? It’s possible that the interior of your garage was never finished. Having a work space and a place to park your cars is a great convenience for renters. If it’s attached to the home, it provides additional living space. Many people use their garage as an extra room, a storage facility, or a place to put their workout gear. Regardless of how it could be used, it deserves to be maintained for new renters. While a new coat of paint seems like an easy task, there are many things you must consider. If you’re contemplating painting this space, here are some tips for you.
Usually, a garage is painted white, especially if there are no windows to let in sunshine. The color white reflects the light, and it can help to illuminate the space. However, you are not stuck with such a traditional hue. When painting, you can go as bold or imaginative as you like. Why not choose a color that matches your personality? Shades of gray, cream, beige, and even blue are becoming widely acceptable. There is no wrong color choice, but if you are considering selling or renting your property, you may want to stick with a neutral option.
Tools for the Job
You will need to gather your tools before you can start painting. It’s advisable to have your paint, a scraper, a roller, a rolling tray, a spray gun, trim tape, trim brushes, stirring sticks, tarps or plastic sheets for drops and goggles. Repair any holes in the walls, and tape off the trim before you begin working. Wiping down the walls is also important to remove any grease or accumulation of grime from being exposed to exhaust fumes and air pollution. Having a clean surface to work from will make the job easier, and the finished product will look amazing.
One debate you may have is whether to paint the garage door. Typically, the inside of a garage door is the same color as the interior walls, but it can also be white even if the room is another shade. The front of the door is complementary to the outside of the home, but the inside doesn’t have to match. Your door may not need a fresh coat of paint. Each situation is different, but since you have all the supplies and tools at hand, it won’t hurt to give the inside of the door a fresh coat.
Interior or Exterior Paint
Most people assume they need interior paint for their garage, especially if they are working with a space attached to the house. You always use exterior paint when working in the garage. It may sound crazy, but this area is constantly exposed to the elements. Consequently, it’s best if you apply a coating that can withstand extreme temperatures and moisture. A traditional indoor paint won’t work. Don’t skimp on the quality by trying to get a bargain. A well-made outdoor paint will last for years to come.
Consider Your Painting Surface
There are various types of garages made from wood or vinyl, but in either case, you will essentially be handling the job as you would an exterior painting project. Since each space is unique, you will need to select the right type of roller for the job. Some rollers are made to specifically cover rough surfaces, which means you won’t need to roll the wall several times. However, if you’re working with a smooth surface like vinyl, you would need a special paint and roller to make this project a success. Don’t run to the hardware store and buy the first paint and roller you see. Read the labels and see what the manufacturer recommends for surfaces and other specifics.
To Prime or Not to Prime
When you paint interior walls, you should always use a primer. However, when you’re dealing with your garage, is a primer really needed? It’s recommended that you use a primer to get good coverage. The standard protocol for painting the outside of any home is to apply a coat of primer followed by two coats of paint. Since you are painting an interior space that is exposed to the external elements, the same method is advised.
Spraying Versus Roller and Brushes
Another big debate among painters is whether to use a spray gun. A spray gun will indeed cover more area in less time, but it will also use a lot more paint. Using a traditional paint roller and brush is the tried-and-true method that is both inexpensive and effective. However, it all comes down to personal preferences. Even if you decide to use a spray gun, there will be some areas that you must trim in with a brush. Conversely, the overspray from a gun can be quite messy, so you will need to make sure you have adequate drop cloths to handle the excess.
Should the Floor Be Updated, Too?
When your walls are all finished to perfection, a lackluster floor might stand out like a sore thumb. Consider painting the floor while you are redoing this space. Latex paint is cheaper, but epoxy paint will give you a much better bond to concrete. If you have grease stains and other areas that are dirty, a good scrubbing with a degreaser should help to prep the surface. After painting the walls, why not finish off the look with a fresh coat of paint on the floor?
Painting a garage is a big job, especially if yours can hold several vehicles. Don’t try to rush things. That can end up costing you more money in the long run. You should take your time and make sure it’s done right. Gather the proper tools, find the perfect shade of paint and decide whether to use a spray gun or a paint roller. Fix any imperfections in the walls and then wipe the surfaces clean before you begin. If all this seems like too much work for you or you’re not the DIY type, you can call in experts to do the job. Painting the garage walls happens so infrequently that it’s worth spending the money to get it done right.
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