How To Prep for Painting
Painting is a great way to change up a space and to give new life to the spaces that you live in every day. While it may seem easy enough to start painting and get a room ready, there are some different things that you can do to help make the process a little easier and to really get your room ready for paint.
Though it might be tempting to leave furniture in the room and cover it, unless you have no other place to put it, moving all furniture out of the room is the best way to paint. This helps to make the room open so that you can get from one side to the other to fully paint and you'll be less worried about getting paint on things.
Dust and Clean
After removing furniture, you should take the time to dust the area where you are going to paint and make sure the room is clean. Even the smallest bits of dust in the paint can make the paint not stick well, it can leave marks and spots, and it can ruin your paint application. You want to clean all the surfaces in the room to prevent dust from flying up while you are painting, and you want to clean your painting surface as well.
Scrape Old Paint and Prime
The next step is to remove any old or flaking paint that might make the application of new paint hard and prime the surface you are painting. If you have old paint in a room that is flaking, you want to remove as much of the old flake as possible to ensure that the surface is as smooth as possible. You also want to put down a primer to help the paint better stick and to help with the vibrancy of color.
Taping Around Fixtures
If you are not going to be painting faceplates and window frames, you need to tape around them to protect them and to make sure that they are not going to be painted accidentally. You need to ensure that your facings and anything you do not want to paint are protected and taped off. This will allow the facings to be protected and also allow for a sharper edge when painting.
If you are struggling or unsure what to do next, you can always call in a professional company to help you get your home or rooms painted. Painting can be trying, and it can be difficult. With the right help and resources, you can get any room painted, and it can look great. Prepping is a huge part of a great paint job and paint that not only looks fantastic but that stands up to the test of time as well.
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