What to Look For When Prepping to Paint

Painting the walls and roof of your room is a hectic task because you have to consider numerous things to avoid any accident. It is important to properly plan before any painting task, and it all begins with prepping to paint.

Before starting to paint, you should remove furniture from your rooms. Make sure to remove all movable items and if you have fixed wooden furniture, cover it with canvas drop cloths. You should wear safety goggles and wear old clothes because paint splatters can spoil your new outfit. Clean and dust your walls with the help of a vacuum cleaner or towel. If you want to paint a kitchen or bathroom, carefully wash walls with the help of a detergent solution. You can make a detergent solution by mixing three teaspoons of detergent to a gallon of water.

Clean and Scrap Walls

Start by scraping any flaking or cracked paint with the help of a paint scraper. Use sandpaper to smooth away small imperfections on your walls, such as bumps of plaster. You can use an electric sander or sandpaper to clean walls with your muscle power.

Fill Holes

Use a supple putty knife to apply the spackle mixture to small holes in each wall and wood, small cavities and try to overfill because this compound may shrink slightly. Wait for these fillings to dry and sand with the help of medium-grit sandpaper on the walls. For wood, you can use coarse-grit sandpaper.

Repair Cracks

Carefully cover cracks in a wall with the help of fiberglass mesh and self-adhesive tape. Apply a thin layer of compound on the tape using a joint knife or flexible taping. Make sure to work speedily to level the surface because the paste can dry quickly. You can sand lightly with a paper of fine-grit.

Arrange Important Material

For paint, you should have primer, paint, opener for paint-can, roller covers, sticks, paint tray, paintbrushes (two for oil-based and latex paint), extension pole for roller and drop cloth. You will need a high-quality primer to hide small imperfections on walls. You can use a water-based primer on a new wall and drywall. Select an oil-based primer for walls with heavy stains or smoke damage. Before painting, you have to protect wall trim and scones with the help of painter tape. Start painting from the corners of the wall and use an angle brush to bring perfection in your work.

You will need a small brush to cover the trim and corners of all walls with paint. The big brush can’t reach these areas of a wall.

W Pattern for Walls

Start from the corner of you wall and roll on a 3×3 “W.” Finally, fill this “W” without lifting your roller. Replicate this procedure until you finish this section. It will help you to hide seams and reduce random patterns.

Choose Suitable Colors

You should select an appropriate color for your paint and try this paint before finalizing it. There is no need to make a decision by a look at color swatch in stores. You can take a sample of your selected color home and tape it to the wall to see its final look and effect on the lighting of your room.

These are great important aspects to cover when prepping to paint.  For more information about painting your home, contact the Ft Myers painting professionals from Noel Painting today!

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