Painting is a fast and easy way to change the entire look of your home. But, don’t get started until you have properly prepped the area. Otherwise, you may find that easy job turning into a nightmare.
The Importance of Prepping the Walls
Getting your walls ready for that new coat of paint may actually be more important than what color you choose. Why? Because paint cannot adhere to poorly prepared walls, and that could leave your room looking sloppy.
What must be done before you begin? Here are some tips for properly prepping your walls that must be followed to ensure that your finished room looks great:
Give Yourself Plenty of Room to Work
Painting walls isn’t difficult, but it is a job that requires space to move around. Be sure to remove all clutter from the room (and pull large pieces of furniture into the middle of the space) before you begin. This will give you plenty of room to move around without worrying about spilling paint on a favorite piece of furniture or bumbling through the room while working.
Scrub Those Walls Clean
Paint cannot adhere to dirty walls, so be sure to scrub them clean of all dirt, dust and smoke remnants. Begin by rubbing a dry cloth over the surface to remove dust and then wipe with a wet one in all of those nooks and crannies along the floorboards, crown moldings, windows and doorways. Don’t start painting though until every surface is thoroughly dry.
Get Rid of Imperfections
Notice any imperfections on your walls like small cracks, scratches, holes or even peeling paint? Fix them all before you begin. Remember, even small imperfections that are barely noticeable now will suddenly become prominent once a new coat of paint is applied. Make sure your new paint looks smooth by sanding rough spots; patching holes and scratches and scraping off any old peeling paint.
Set the Stage with Primer
Primer is an essential step to painting that must not be overlooked. Without a base primer on the wall, your new paint will not be able to adhere properly, and this could cause it to peel prematurely, or older colors to bleed through. When painting new drywall for the first time, use a water-based primer before adhering paint. Smoke stained walls and paneling will need an oil-based primer to cover, and walls that have already been painted once can be repainted with a paint and primer combination.
Don’t Forget the Tape
No matter how experienced a painter you are, accidents do happen. Taping around doorframes, windows and moldings is the perfect way to ensure that you don’t have a lot of touch up work to do at the end of your project.
Painting is an easy and inexpensive way to make your rooms look brand new. But not everyone can handle the job themselves. Want the job done right? Then call in the experts at Tar Heel Painters. Our professional crews can have your home looking fresh and new without the hassle of doing it yourself.