If you ask just about anybody, they will say that painting their homes is one of the most straightforward tasks they could do: you just need to buy a few brushes, a roller and some cans of paint to start working. Nevertheless, there are a few things that you need to look out for before doing so: for the best possible results, it is recommended that you prepare your walls in a proper way.
As a result of this, make sure to go through the following checklist before grabbing your paintbrush or before calling any residential painters to do the job for you. If you are opting for the latter, they will usually prep the walls themselves before painting, although it may be good to know a thing or two yourself to avoid getting tricked:
- Remove Obstructions – This mostly applies to interior painting, but it is the same for just about anywhere. You might be better off relocating all of your furniture, including beds, chairs, sofa sets and anything in between to avoid injury due to slipping or accidentally spilling paint on them. It will also make your work or that of your hired painters much easier if there are no objects directly blocking the way.
- Clean the Walls Thoroughly – Paint will generally not stick to dirty surfaces and dust, which is why it is recommended that you clean your walls properly beforehand. A wet towel or even a vacuum cleaner can do the job quite well, but feel free to use any other cleaning method as well.
- Smoothen Your Walls – There is quite a high chance that your walls are not as perfect as you would want them to be. If you find any irregularities such as bumps, it is possible to smoothen them out using sandpaper. This can be quite tiring if you do it manually, which means that you may want to use an electric sanding machine to do the job. Any small crevices can be filled in with some filler material specially made for this purpose.
- Don’t Forget the Primer – If you want a paint job with a superior finish, it is highly advised to apply some primer to your walls before you commence painting. A high-quality primer will help you cover up small imperfections on your walls, as well as ensuring that your paint adheres well, thus increasing the durability of the paint itself.
- Use Tape Accordingly – To avoid accidentally painting unwanted areas, such as your ceilings and wall trim, it is advised to tape them first with the use of a masking tape. Taping is also helpful to cover objects such as door knobs, windows grilles and hinges of any kind.