how TO PREPARE A ROOM FOR PAINTING
Painting a room is one home improvement people often do on their own. You don’t necessarily need a professional, but inadequate paint prep will show, and it will not go away. That’s why you must follow a few simple steps before adding the final coat of paint.
List of Tools Needed
Before you do anything, gather the tools you’ll need for the job. There’s more to it than stroking the brush and adding color to the wall. For example, drywall may need to be smoothed out, and some surfaces may need to be sanded. The necessary tools are as follows:
- Painter’s tool
- 5-in-1 tool
- Drop cloth or plastic
- Masking tape
- Spackling compound
- Drywall joint compound
- Caulking gun
- Sanding sponge
Clear the Room
The area should be clear of obstacles. Removal of all furniture and upholstery keeps it out of the way and protected from splattering. If an item is too heavy or big, move it to the center of the room and away from walls. Also, cover it with cloth or plastic so it stays clean.
Remove Light Switches and Electrical Outlet Panels
These can be challenging to work around, and hard not to ruin while working. Therefore, remove all the switches and outlet panels using a multi-tool device. This does not take long and is something you’ll be glad that you did.
Protect Your Floors
Professional drop cloths are best, but you could also use newspaper or plastic sheeting. However, plastic tears and shifts more easily. The best options include heavy canvas drop cloths, while butyl-backed ones prevent spilled paint from soaking through, further protecting hardwood and carpet. Both prevent paint from being tracked through the house.
Clean the Walls
Cleaning is an important step while surfaces are being prepped. Proceed with water mixed with mild detergent and remove stains and smudges with something like trisodium phosphate and bleach. This mixture can remove mildew as well. Remember to be thorough and allow the walls to dry before proceeding to the next steps.
Patch Work and Sanding
Remove any nails that may be in the walls, and then cover up any hole or imperfection with a drywall compound or spackling product. You can use a spackling tool to fill holes and spaces or even use your fingers. Next, sand the entire wall so there’s no unevenness in the final coat.
Run the caulking tool along any gaps between the wall and window/door casings or baseboards. An acrylic latex caulking compound will do. Apply masking tape to wall moldings, door and window borders, and areas you don’t want to be ruined.
The proper finishes will ensure the walls are ready to be painted. Unless a low gloss, water-based product is already present, use a primer to ensure the best results. Apply it with a brush, dipping it in a bucket full of primer as if it were a painting compound. It should be the same color as the paint you are about to use.
Adequate preparation can reduce the number of times you need to apply coatings and will ensure the finishes of your walls look professional.