Learn all about paint additives and how to prep paint for a successful job.
Major room makeovers can be stressful, but painting should be the least of your worries. However, with so many options and products in the stores, it can get a little overwhelming. There are many instances in which you may need a paint additive, whether for mildew, fireproofing, insulating, or thinning paint. We'll discuss each of these items and when to use them. Before you can begin painting an interior wall, you'll also need trisodium phosphate, or TSP. Learn what it is and how to use it, below, plus more expert tips for painting a room.
If you don't know about paint additives, it's time to take note. Paint additives enhance the performance of your paint to work best in different areas of your home. Take a look at the most popular additives below, and see what will work best for your home makeover.
TSP, which stands for trisodium phosphate, is a powder you mix with warm water and use to wipe down your walls before painting. It is essential to paint preparation. It acts in three ways to improve your paint's stick-to-itiveness:
Make sure you completely rinse TSP from the walls (and let the walls dry) before you paint—otherwise, the new paint won't adhere properly. Rinse the solution with a clean, damp sponge and you should end up with a beautiful paint job.
Now that your paint has been prepped and is ready for the walls, make sure your room is ready for the paint. See our favorite tips for painting a room, starting with the prep work that happens before you even pick up a brush. We'll show you all the prepainting prep, including laying down drop cloths, evening out walls, and setting up a safe workstation. If you follow these paint prep tips, your room will look professionally redesigned.