One of the easiest ways to bring a room back to life is to paint the walls. Huskeys Paint and Design know how exciting of an idea this can be for a lot of people, however, it’s important to note that if you don’t prepare your home properly, you may end up not being too excited after it’s done. If you want your interior paint job to be as perfect as you can get it, then you’ll need to make sure that your walls are prepared properly.
Because we care about our customers we’ve put together a guide that you can use in order to end up with a great paint job.
Clean the Walls You Plan to Paint
When you clean your walls all you’ll need is a towel or cloth. For most rooms, you should just be able to clean the walls off with warm water. However, if you’re painting a bathroom or a kitchen you will probably need to use a solution of some laundry detergent or grease-cutting dish soap with some warm water. This is especially true for kitchens that have cooking residue on the walls.
Once you’re washed your walls, you should give them a rinse and then let them dry completely before you begin your paint job. If you have wallpaper on walls you don’t want to paint over it, you’ll want to remove it and then clean the wall under it. If there is any mold on a wall you will need to use an anti-mold solution and then apply a special sealer to cover the area.
Remove Old Paint
It’s important that if there’s any cracked or flaking paint that you remove it with a standard paint scraper and then use some sandpaper to smooth down the area. You can do this by hand or use a hand sander if you have one. If the area is a larger area it’s much easier to use an electric hand sander.
Repair Any Areas That Might Be Damaged
You’re not done after you’ve cleaned your walls. The next thing you should do is inspect the walls for any kind of damage and flaws before you prime and paint. You need to look for any loose patches of old plaster as well as any cracks around your windows or door frames. If you find any areas that are flawed make sure to repair them and fill in cracks or gaps you find with putty or plaster, smooth it down, and then sand it.
Look for Invisible Flaws
To find invisible flaws you’ll need to use a utility light to find the less visible flaws. Hold your light close to the surface and then move it up and down the wall. Circle any flaw you find so you can come back and repair it.
Prepare the Room
If you can, you should try to move furniture out of the room, but if you can’t at least try and move the furniture away from the walls so you’ll have plenty of room to paint. You will also want to cover your furniture in plastic to make sure that you don’t get any paint drops or splatter on your furniture. You will also want to get painters canvas to lay down on your floors to protect them from drips and/or any accidental spills.
Remove Items From Walls
Make sure that you take down all of your pictures and wall hangings before painting. You’ll also want to remove light switch plates and other wall plates. If you leave them on and paint you’ll risk getting paint on them and when you remove them you could rip the paint off of your walls.
Tape Trim & Prime Walls
Before you paint make sure to tape your trim and once you’ve done that make sure to use a stain-blocking primer on your walls to hide small imperfections and one that will help your walls be more resistant to stains.
Ladders and/or Scaffolding
It’s really important that you are also safe when it comes to painting. So make sure that when you have rooms with really tall walls and ceilings, it’s important that you use a very sturdy ladder or for those with vaulted ceilings consider using some sort of scaffolding to get the job done properly.
By following all of these tips, you will not only end up with a job that’s well done and one you can be proud of. You’ll also cut down on any frustrations that might occur if you don’t follow the guideline due to damage to items in your home. Following these guidelines will also save you money in the long run.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and our well-trained associates will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have that this guide may have not answered for you. We know how important your home is to you and we want you to be able to succeed in accomplishing a perfect paint job.