Do These 4 Things Before You Start Painting

Painting your home can be a very time consuming and difficult task to complete. When you're trying to meet the busy demands of life, it's easy to overlook a few important steps that make painting a much more organized, and smooth process. If you had to paint your home tomorrow, would you be ready? Here are some things to be sure you do before you begin painting.

Gather Your Supplies

The first thing you should do is make sure you get all the necessary supplies. This begins with having a way to protect nearby furniture, such as with tarps or plastic, as well as protecting the floors. You need painter's tape, paint, and a variety of brushes and rollers. If you are having the paint colour custom-made, also be sure you get enough extra paint to be used for touch-ups. If you aren't sure what you need, the local paint supply store can provide you with a list of necessary supplies so you don't mind you missed something when you have already begun painting.

Clean The Walls

In order for the paint to adhere to the surface of the wall, you must clean them with some kind of mild soap and warm water. Even walls that look clean might have some fingerprints, dust and debris, or smudges that need to be removed. You can't see them now, but they will be more obvious when you begin painting. Make sure the walls are completely rinsed and dry before you add your primer and paint.

Protect Surfaces Not Being Painted

The final step before priming and painting the walls is to cover any surfaces you are not planning on painting. This might be around doors, crown moulding and baseboards, light switches, outlets, and any lighting fixtures that are attached to the wall and can't be removed. Painter's tape works great for this purpose. Do this step slowly so that you can easily paint around the tape without missing any spots.

Add Primer

Primer is an important step in the painting process because it prepares the wall to be painted. When primer is added first, it not only provides a base coat, but it helps to smooth out the surface. Once you get to the actual wall paint, it will go on smoothly and evenly, with no bubbles or uneven areas. Primer should be the same colour as the paint you are using.  

For more information, contact local professional painters.