Tips for Interior Painting Preparation

A successful painting project has a lot to do with careful planning and preparation. Painting your home is just one of those projects where you can’t take any shortcuts! Preparing to paint properly will also help you save time, since you won’t have to run out to the paint supply store for an extra brush or another can of paint. You also won’t have to stop in the middle of painting in order to move the chair that is in your way.

Room Preparations

•Move out furniture (or cover it). If you have enough room to paint with the furniture still in the room, it may be a better choice to cover your furniture up rather than take it out and then bring it back into a freshly painted room, risking scratching or nicking your fresh paint. Tarps do a great job of covering furniture.

•Open a window. Fresh air is important while painting. Some paints and primers can have strong odours, so opening a window will bring clean air into the room (and take bad air out of the room) and result in healthier breathing.

•Remove curtains and drapes (and blinds, if necessary).

•Cover light fixtures or remove them.

•Remove hardware and electrical outlet covers.

•Cover floors with tarps and make sure to tape them down to prevent the tarps from moving around while you work in the room.

•Prepare your tools and supplies by keeping them strategically placed, such as in the center of the room.

•Prepare for cleanup before you start painting.

Wall Preparations

The condition of your walls, their surface, and what kind of painting you will be doing will all influence the ways in which you need to prepare the walls for painting. In general, the following steps need to be taken for all painting projects:

•Remove nails from the walls.

•Caulk and patch any holes or imperfections as needed.

•Sand the walls or use an abrasive cleaner for surfaces that are glossy or nonporous.

•Wash the walls. You know best whether your walls need a washing. It’s a good idea to at least wipe down the walls with a damp cloth in order to remove dust or other dirt. It will make the paint look better and even make the application easier.

•Place blue painter’s tape around moldings and other areas such as doors and windows.

•Prime walls. Primers are good for covering up pre-existing wall problems such as discolourations; primers are great for blocking out uneven surfaces, and even help with blocking out odours.


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