Painting is a fast and
easy way to change the entire look of your home. But, don’t get started until
you have properly prepped the area. Otherwise, you may find that easy job
turning into a nightmare.
The Importance of Prepping the Walls
Getting your walls
ready for that new coat of
may actually be more important than what color you choose.
Why? Because paint cannot adhere to poorly prepared walls, and that could leave
your room looking sloppy.
What must be done
before you begin? Here are some tips to proper prepping that must be followed
to ensure that your finished room looks great:
Give Yourself Plenty of Room to Work
walls isn’t difficult, but it is a job that requires space to move
around. Be sure to remove all clutter from the room (and pull large pieces of
furniture into the middle of the space) before you begin. This will give you
plenty of room to move around without worrying about spilling paint on a
favorite piece of furniture or bumbling through the room while working.
Scrub Those Walls Clean
Paint cannot adhere to
dirty walls, so be sure to scrub them clean of all dirt, dust and smoke
remnants. Begin by rubbing a dry cloth over the surface to remove dust and then
wipe with a wet one in all of those nooks and crannies along the floorboards,
crown moldings, windows and doorways. Don’t start painting though until
every surface is thoroughly dry.
Get Rid of Imperfections
imperfections on your walls like small cracks, scratches, holes or even peeling
paint? Fix them all before you begin. Remember, even small imperfections that
are barely noticeable now will suddenly become prominent once a new coat of
paint is applied. Make sure your new paint looks smooth by sanding rough spots;
patching holes and scratches and scraping off any old peeling paint.
Set the Stage with Primer
Primer is an essential
step to painting that must not be overlooked. Without a base primer on the wall,
your new paint will not be able to adhere properly, and this could cause it to
peel prematurely, or older colors to belled through. When painting new
drywall for the first time, use a water-based primer before adhering paint.
Smoke stained walls and paneling will need an oil-based primer to cover, and
walls that have already been painted once can be repainted with a paint and
Don’t Forget the Tape
No matter how
experienced a painter you are, accidents do happen. Taping around doorframes,
windows and moldings is the perfect way to ensure that you don’t have
a lot of touch up work to do at the end of your project.
Painting is an easy
and inexpensive way to make your rooms look brand new. But not everyone can
handle the job themselves. Want the job done right? Then call in the
Tar Heel Painters
. Our professional crews can have your home
looking fresh and new without the hassle of doing it yourself.