Preparing Interior Walls for Paint
Behind every flawless paint job lays a properly prepared wall. Many people think of applying the actual color to their walls as the entire job when in fact this is really the final step in a sequence of steps required to achieve that smooth finish. Professional painters understand this, and that is why you can almost always tell when a surface was painted by a non-professional . Once you understand and perfect the process of getting your walls ready for color though, you will be that much closer to achieving the high-quality finish you desire.
Inspecting and Patching Your Walls
The very first thing you will want to do is move everything out of the room you are painting. Any furniture too large to be removed should be pushed to the center of the room where it won’t be in your way. Take down all items on your walls, including HVAC covers, electrical faceplates, and picture nails.
With your work area free of clutter you can begin the process of inspecting your walls for any imperfections that will need to be repaired. Look for cracks, dents, or holes and fill them in with a putty knife and a lightweight spackling compound. Be sure to blend the edges of the spackle into the surface of your wall. Once your spackle is completely dry sand it with extra fine sandpaper until completely smooth. Wipe your walls clean with a damp sponge or cloth and allow them to dry. Finally, remove any remaining dust from your walls with a tack cloth or duster.
Preparing Your Room For Paint
- Apply short, overlapping strips of painter’s tape along the ceiling and trim, pressing it down firmly at the edges
- Lay drop cloths over floors. For your safety edges of drop cloths should always be taped down.
- Prime your walls, especially any patched spots. Unprimed spackle will soak up your paint resulting in an uneven finish. If you’ve gone to the trouble of patching and sanding, don’t ruin all of your hard prep work by skipping on primer!
One final tip when priming and painting to get that beautiful finish: work one wall at a time. Cut in the perimeter of your wall and roll on paint while everything is still wet before moving onto the next wall. Working with wet on wet allows the paint edges to blend together for a truly seamless finish.
Armed with these tips and a little practice your walls we're certain your walls will look fantastic. Of course if you would still prefer to leave the job to the professionals, we're always happy to help.
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