Taking care of prep work before painting is probably more important than the paint itself. Once you start painting, you really need to keep applying coats of paint to ensure an even and quick job that is finished on time and allowed to dry. The prep work is what makes the job simple and efficient to make it so you will be done in the amount of time you need.
The following are some things you should have done before getting into the paint itself.
1.Clear and Clean the Room
First and foremost, your primary task is clearing the room of all furniture and decorations, including the plates for outlets and light switches. After you have moved everything out, you need to clean the room. The paint will not properly adhere to the walls if there is dirt and grime on them.
2.Fill in Holes
It is very important to fill in holes that are left behind by nails where you had decorations hung up. These holes will not be filled in by paint and they will make the paint job look uneven; they can be a special nuisance when you need to texture the wall. Fill in holes and crack and sand down the newly applied surface to ensure that it is even.
If you are using oil-based paint, you will need to get some primer beforehand to make sure the paint will properly adhere to the walls. This is particularly necessary for glossy or oil-based paint that is being painted over, particularly when you are repainting the walls. The primer will make sure you can easily paint without making any errors in texturing and the paint will dry properly.
You need to apply painters tape to all surfaces that are not going to be painted directly. That means you need to cover all switches and baseboards, as well as any other walls that are not going to be painted at that moment. In addition, if you are painting with a pattern you should apply tape beforehand to make sure you have an outline for the pattern.
5.Double Check Supplies
Once the painting has started, you should continue all the way until the end to make sure the coat of paint dries evenly and you can correct any errors before cleaning up. Because you need to paint it all in one sitting, you should make sure you have all the necessary supplies right from the get-go. As a final part of prep work before painting, make sure you have the tools you need and go out to get any that might be missing.
A project for panting can be stressful because of how many precautions you have to take in order to ensure a perfect paint job that you will be proud of for the years ahead. When you do the proper prep work before painting, you can make sure that this big project goes off without a hitch. Some people don’t want to bother with all the prep, and in those cases, using an experienced professional is a great choice.