Proper preparation of the surface area is just as important, if not more, than the actual painting itself.
In fact, the preparation of the paint job can be the difference between your Denver painting project turning out great or into a disaster. Being lazy in your preparation will not only damage and ruin your furniture and other belongings, it will cause your paint job to be completely worthless. If you don’t prepare the surfaces correctly, your paint will peel and crack before you know it and you’ll have to do everything all over again. Here are a few steps to ensure that your paint job is a successful one:
Remove all outlet and light switch covers. Once you remove the cover, screw the screws back into place to ensure they don’t get misplaced then place tape over the exposed area of the outlet.
Remove all pictures, paintings, etc. from the walls. You probably don’t have to worry about removing the fixtures that hold the frames up since they will be covered again once you put the pictures back up. If you the pictures and paintings are not going back up, you will need to remove the fixtures, then spackle and sand the resulting holes before you start to paint.
Remove all furniture from the room. If you have furniture that cannot be removed, pull it away from the walls and into the middle of the room. Cover the furniture with a light plastic covering to protect it.
Cover every inch of the floor next to the walls with drop cloths. Cover the baseboard with masking tape.
Look for cracked edges around windows, where the trim and baseboard meets the wall, or any other corners in the room. Caulk any cracks.
Spackle cracks or holes on walls. When the spackle dries, sand it till it’s smooth.
Use a putty knife to chip off any loose paint, with an emphasis on the word “loose.” You could probably get the whole wall off if you put enough muscle into it, but this isn’t necessary. Once it becomes hard to chip off without some effort, replace your putty knife with sandpaper and sand the area down.
Wash with a mild soap and water. If they are stained cover them with a stain-blocking primer. You may also need to use a primer if the surface is in overall bad condition, or if the paint you plan to use is incompatible with the paint already on the walls.
Now you are ready to paint!
Begin painting by painting the trim, baseboards, and casings. If you are using the same paint for everything, you can combine this with the next step.
Next cut in the corners, the edge of the trim and baseboards, around the casing of the doors and windows, and anywhere else you can’t use a roller for. In this step, you will not only be covering the trim paint that you got on the walls, but also making a neat straight line along all the edges.
Now that the preparation and cutting in is done, painting the rest of the room will seem like a breeze. The first thing to do is to get your roller set up and ready to go. If you’re painting the ceiling, you should roll this first. Again, make sure to cover any furniture with a lightweight plastic if you plan to paint the ceiling. Now, just roll the walls and you’re done! All that’s left to do is cleanup.
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