Are you thinking
about repainting some of the walls in your house? At first glance, this seems
like a fairly simple project – and it is possible to finish it quickly, with
the right equipment and know-how. But something many
forget is that
their walls and rooms actually need some key preparation to really get the best
results from a painting project. Here’s what you should know.
Remove All Your Furniture
Painting a room
takes – well, a lot of room! You need space to position yourself and your
roller, plus space to use ladders if necessary. You also don’t want to get any
paint splatter on your furniture by accident. So one of the most important
steps is to move the furniture to another room. If that’s not possible, at
least move everything away from the walls and make sure it’s covered for
Dust and Clean
all the main
surfaces in your room! Don’t skip this step, even if your walls look very
clean: Over time, thin coats of dust cling to your walls, and even though they
can be hard to see at a glance, they will prevent paint coats from bonding
properly and cause other issues as well. Plus, you will also want to get rid of
any cobwebs, streaks, and other more noticeable dirt on your walls. Using a
little bit of water and cleaner is fine, but don’t soak your walls and wait for
them to dry entirely – a day or two – before you start painting them.
Scrape and Fill the Surface As Needed
As you clean, you
may notice old paint bubbles, peels, or protruding cracks. You don’t need to
remove the entire layer of old paint (usually), but you do need to scrap down
these bubbles and any other protrusions. Your goal should always be to have a
surface as smooth as possible for the new coat of paint. The same is true of
any noticeable holes or cracks: Have some filler or drywall paste on hand to
deal with these gaps now,
Use Primer If Necessary
important for many surfaces. If you have a rougher surface or a surface with an
older coat of paint on it – especially a darker paint – then one or two coats
of primer is probably necessary for the best results. This may seem
time-intensive, but primer will help your walls look great, make sure your
paint lasts as long as possible and makes sure the color you want is the color
you end up getting. Some surfaces don’t need primer, but this is rare in a home
that’s already been painted. Ask us if you aren’t sure!
Tape Around Edges and Fixtures
painter’s tape and tape around any light fixtures, doors, and floors. This is a
vital step that will keep paint off the edges of all your other surfaces. Plus,
it makes painting go a lot faster!
Need more help
with preparation tips or projects?
Tar Heel Painters
today to ask questions, learn more, or arrange for a quote. We’re happy to help
you make sure your painting project ends with perfect results.