When you take on any home paint project, whether indoors or outdoors, the key to success is paint prep. Painting is a messy business which is why it’s very important to make sure the area has been properly prepared prior to painting. So here’s how to properly paint prep and make it a success.
Covering all of the furnishings that could not be removed from the room is important. Use a plastic drop cloth or cloth drop cloth. Plastic will protect better against large spills, but cloth can be reused and washed. Either will work, just depends on what you prefer or have on hand.
Remove all wall coverings and mask electrical outlets with tape. While you’re taping be sure to cover up areas you don’t want the paint, like corners and around moldings.
Protect The Floor
No matter what you use to paint (brushes, rollers, or sprayers) there’s bound to be drips on the floor. No matter how careful you are. So it’s important that you cover the floor. Put some painters tape on the baseboards all around the room. Then lay a cloth drop cloth on the floor overlapping the tape. If the floor is carpeted then make sure you push half an inch of tape behind the carpet with a scraper to keep the entire carpet protected.
Wash Surfaces with Paint Prep Cleaner
You must be sure the surface you are paintings is clean and dust free. There’s nothing worse than bumps in your paint job because of dust and debris on the work surface. So clean the walls with a dry cloth and a paint prep cleaner before you put any paint on the walls. For outdoor surfaces use a pressure washer to prepare the surface you are going to paint so you are sure you have gotten all of the debris off.
You should also putty up any holes in the wall. If you previously had pictures hung you want to fix those. If there are larger holes be sure you repair those properly as needed with wall compound and tape. Speak with your local hardware store to find out the best way to repair walls before you begin painting, especially if large repairs are needed.
For paint that is peeling, you will want to scrape and sand prior to painting. Painting over paint that’s chipping is just going to be sloppy and likely be a waste of your time, as it will need to be redone soon after completing.
Paint Prep Priming
This isn’t always a necessary step, but for surfaces that haven’t been painted before, or if you are going from a dark color to a light color the surface will accept the paint better if they have been primed first. You will need fewer coats of paint to get the desired color and coverage.
Making sure that you paint prep properly is of the utmost importance. Once you have covered, masked, repaired, cleaned, and primed all surfaces you will be so happy you took that extra time to do that extra paint prep work. The results will be far better and ultimately you’ll find will last longer if done correctly.