justin • April 29, 2016 • Comments Off on 5 easy steps for Paint Prep
The start of every paint job (large or small) calls for some prep work prior to rolling out the brushes. It’s important to make sure the surface you are about to paint (Touch up or complete new paint job) be ready. Here are some quick tip to ensure you’re getting the best results with your work.
1) The first thing you want to do is clear your work area. It’s important to have an open space for painting so you can easily reach and refill your paint as needed. Ensuring your area is clear of furniture and other large items make the process flow much easier, while also saving your furniture from any accidental spills.
2) Before you do apply any product make sure you dust and thoroughly clean the surface. Using a combination of 3 parts water, 1 part laundry detergent will easily and effectively clean the surface.
3) While cleaning/busting, look for any cracks or imperfections in the wall. These can easily be fixed with light sanding or simple primer to help fill the smaller spots. If the spots or crevices are deep pocketed, you may want to use a spackling compound. Please allow adequate time for drying before doing anything to the surface. Once this is done, it’s time to do the paint Trim. Apply painters date to the ends of the walls you are painting to not only avoid getting splashes on the ceiling or floor, but to ensure a clean look that ends with a new color beginning in another spot.
4) Once the surface is cleaned and cracks or imperfections filled, it’s time to prime the surface! For areas of the home that have had heavy smokers you will want to use an oil based primer. Areas will dry wall that you’re painting call for a water based primer.
5) Once the primer has dried, it’s time to apply the new color. This process is mostly based on preference. If using a roller or brush, be sure to spread the pain evenly to avoid clumping. If properly primed, one coat should suffice. This is also dependent on the color of the paint you’re using as well as the color of the paint being painted over.
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