How To Prep It Before You Paint It

How To Prep It Before You Paint It

A well-prepped job is a job well done. Check out these quick tips on how you can save time and money on your next paint job.

Creating a professional-looking painting project comes down to proper preparation — the better prepped you are, the more successful your outcome is bound to be.

Here are a few simple steps to prepare your room for your painting project:

Clear the walls

  • Remove pictures and wall hangings, and the nails that hold them up.
  • Remove electrical and phone/internet switch plates

Repair the walls

  • Use spackle or drywall compound to fill larger cracks or rough areas of the wall.
  • Allow this compound to dry and then sand smooth with 120 to 200 grit sandpaper.

Clean the walls

  • Sponge the walls with a mild detergent solution, cleaning from floor to ceiling and rinsing the sponge often.
  • Make sure the walls are dry before you start taping and painting.

Protect the furniture

  • Get as much furniture out of the room as possible.
  • If furniture removal is not an option, push it the center of the room and cover with a drop cloth.

Protect the room

  • Use a pre-taped drop cloth, carpet masking tape, or a tarp against baseboards to protect your floors from paint splatter and spills.

Achieve Professional Results

  • Apply painter’s tape to trim, windows, door frames, and baseboards for crisp lines and a professional finish.

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