Are you ready to tackle a new paint project with all supplies in hand? Before you begin, make sure you have your surfaces prepped! We know that prepping is the least fun task of the project, but it is critical if you want a stellar paint job. To help, we have listed prep job steps below to make this step easier and more organized. Let’s take a look!
Clear & Protect the Room
There is no doubt that you will probably spill, step, or sit in paint, so clear out the room and cover items in plastic to prevent them from getting splattered with paint. Look through your laundry room closet and look for old sheets and towels that you can put to good use! If you cannot recycle old sheets, you can purchase plastic drop clothes to help cover your valuables. Move what furniture you can out of the room, or at least place in the center of the room. Cover light fixtures with plastic or newspaper and secure them with painters tape. Do not overlook switchplates and outlet covers; simply remove them and put in a box for safe keeping. Also, remove or cover door knobs and door plates with painters tape.
Revamp Walls and Framing
Look around for peeling paint, and sand it with fine sandpaper. What about old holes from previous artwork? Caulk it, let dry, and sand with fine sandpaper. Now apply primer to the repaired areas and make sure they are dry before painting. By repairing these type of areas, you will completely cover the area instead of highlighting the damage by simply painting over.
Clean Walls and Framing
This step is a must! If you do not clean the area you are painting, the dirt and grease will seep through the new paint and highlight the poor paint job. Begin by pulling out the vacuum. Dust the walls, baseboards, all framing, and doors. Now start at the top of the wall and use a damp cloth and clean in a circular motion working yourself down and across the wall. You may also have to use clear dish detergent and water to clean doors and cabinets.
After you have thoroughly cleaned and everything is completely dry, start using painters tape for the trim and windows. By using longer pieces, you will eliminate paint seepage. Painters tape is a dream product for painting and can be removed and reattached to surfaces.
Again, do not overlook this step; it is critical in the overall look of the final paint job. Primer covers imperfections and helps the paint go on smooth and realizes its true color! We start with priming the trim with a brush and finish by rolling the walls. Once the primer is completely dry, begin the final step of painting your amazing room!
As always, we hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any questions below in the comment section.