How to prepare walls for painting
Painting a room can be the best way to change its look.
Interior painting is a great way to liven up a tired-looking space. Before you start to paint, it's important to properly prepare the walls for painting. These six simple steps will ready your walls and ensure you achieve a perfect paint job.
Step one: Make sure you are wearing the proper clothing. Choose clothes that are old, as you will probably get paint on them. Wear protective eye gears to protect your eyes from paint splatter.
Step two: Remove any wall hangings, furniture or rugs from the room. If furniture or rugs cannot be taken out of the room, make sure to cover them with an old sheet so that you can protect them from any paint.
Step three: Dust the walls with a dry cloth and remove any dirt and cobwebs. You can also run a vacuum along the walls and baseboards to make sure that all dirt has been removed. If the walls are really dirty, wipe them clean with water. Make sure walls are dry before you start to paint.
Step four: Look at the walls and check for any flaws such as chipping and peeling paint. Old paint must be chipped off the wall before you can apply fresh paint. Fill any holes or cracks in the wall with putty and a knife. Before applying it, wash the surface and then apply the putty and let it dry before sanding the area smooth.
Step five: Priming the walls is a very important step in getting your walls ready for painting. The primer you use will depend on the condition of your walls. A high quality primer is great for walls with very small imperfections. A primer that is oil based is best for rooms with lots of staining such as from smoking. Primer is essential when covering or applying darker colors.
Step six: Cover all corners, window edges and light fixtures with painter's tape. This will protect areas you do not want painted and help achieve clean, straight lines.
Though preparing the walls and area for painting can be tedious, it's an important part of the painting process. Hiring an interior painting expert might be the better route? Check Angie's List to find a highly rated painter in your area.