How To Prep Walls for Painting: The Right Way

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If you’re going to do something, you may as well do it right! Though some things can simplify the painting process, it takes hard work to prepare a room for painting. But the good news is that if you do all the prep-work ahead of time, you reduce the chance of mistakes and give your paint the best chance of lasting a long time.

Take a few of the following steps to prepare your walls for a fresh coat of paint, then thank us later.

Remove What You Can.

Unless you’re working with really heavy furniture, it’s always safest to remove all furniture before painting. Paint splatters can be hard to remove from fabric, and an empty room makes painting with long paint extenders much easier. Plus, moving your furniture out helps you declutter a space while you’re at it.

Protect What You Can’t.

Anything that can’t be removed from the room should be adequately covered by tarps or plastic. Don’t forget the floor! Inexpensive plastic sheets or paint tarps can save you from a potential disaster, and they’re cheap and easy to install.

Protect your fixtures and detailing by taping them off with plastic and painter’s tape. Painting might be an inexpensive way to give a room a facelift, but your costs will increase dramatically if you end up needing to replace an expensive fixture due to paint splatters.

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Start With The Right Gear.

Safety goggles and old clothes are a must. The last thing you want is paint in your eyes or your favorite shirt covered in paint. Additionally, assemble all your tools before you start painting. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as starting a project and finding that you’ve forgotten some critical tools and have to make a run to the hardware store.

Here’s a short checklist:

·         Primer

·         Paint can opener and stir sticks

·         Roller covers or paint brushes

·         Paint tray

·         Gloves and eye protection

·         Tarps

Prep The Walls

With all that done, you can finally move onto prepping the walls themselves! Start by scraping any flaking paint off with a scraper, filling in any imperfections with plaster, and sanding any rough areas. A sanding block is really helpful for tough jobs!

Then move on to dusting and wiping down all the surfaces. You can use a rag and a vacuum cleaner for this, but in kitchens and bathrooms, you may want to add in two tablespoons of laundry detergent per gallon of water to cut down on any grease or product buildup. Allow an hour for your walls to dry before you begin painting.

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Little Things

·         Ventilate the area you’re painting using open windows and fans, wherever possible.

·         Always be sure to give your paint a good stir before you start painting.

·         Be sure that you’re not mixing oil-based paintbrushes with latex-ones.

Start Painting!

Now that you’ve done all the groundwork, you’re ready to start your paint job! Good luck, and don’t forget to try out the Color Monarch tool if you need a little help picking out your paint color.

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