As professional painters, we know that preparing your interior for painting is essential – proper preparation leads to perfect results.
Here are ten paint preparation tips to help you get started.
1. Clear Your Space
You’ll find it pretty tricky to paint around furniture, paintings, and curtains. Move as much furniture and décor out of the room as possible. If there’s something that you are unable to move, make sure you cover it with a plastic or cotton sheets.
2. Clean Your Surface
If you don’t clean your surface well, your paint won’t be able to adhere. Use sugar soap or detergent and warm water to give your walls a scrub. Any dirt or mould will be removed.
3. Fill in Cracks
General wear and tear on walls is normal – holes for picture hooks, dents from moving furniture, scratches from kids’ toys. It’s a good idea to take the time to fill in any holes or cracks with interior filler before you paint. Opt for a flexible filler around windows and doors.
4. Tape Your Edges
Blue painters’ tape works wonders. If you’re after a sharp, professional result, taping your edges is a must. The tape will prevent paint from staining unwanted areas, and will ensure your paint job is neat and straight.
5. Cover Up Door Handles
Sometimes DIY painters forget this one, and end up scraping paint splatters of their door handles. Use aluminium foil – you probably already have some on hand, and it’s easy and quick to shape around the handle.
6. Cover Up Tricky Areas
Some areas of your home will be impossible to cover with al foil, tape, or drop cloths, such as picture hooks, screws, and hinges. Try spreading a layer of Vaseline over these tricky areas. This will stop any paint adhering. You can wipe off the Vaseline when the paint has dried.
7. Cover Up the Floor
Cotton or canvas drop sheets will stop paint splatters from landing and drying on your floor. We suggest steering clear of plastic sheets, which move around a lot more as you paint, and can be slippery.
8. Buy Good Quality Brushes and Rollers
You’ve probably spent a fair amount of money on your paint. Make the most of it with good quality brushes and rollers. Poor quality paint tools might leave unsightly streaks, and cheap paintbrushes tend to shed their bristles.
9. Prep Your Roller
Brand new rollers are pretty fluffy, which isn’t ideal for painting. These fly-away strands can come lose and stick to your walls. Simply wash your new roller in soapy water, and leave it to dry overnight.
10. Wear Appropriate Clothes
No matter how careful you are, paint will end up on your clothes. So don’t wear your favourite jeans, or a beloved pair of sneakers. Find some old clothes in the back of your wardrobe, or head to a charity shop and pick up something pre-loved.
Too Much Work?
House painting is a lot of hard work and usually takes DIYers far longer than originally thought, particularly with all this preparation. If you’d prefer leave it up to the professional painters, please get in contact. You’ll find that we will get it done quickly and thoroughly and your house will be back to normal in no time. We’d be more than happy to give you a quote. Call on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page.