An interior paint project is something that can quickly transform the look of your house. You can change the whole feel of your home with a simple change in color. The quick transformation that an interior paint job can provide leads many people to jump into a paint project without adequate preparation. That is a big mistake! In order to get a high-quality finished product, you need to take the time to properly prepare for your interior paint job. Three steps you need to take before any interior paint job include cleaning, repairing damage, and prepping the area.
Paint will not properly adhere to a surface that is dirty. If your walls are covered in dust or grime it will impact how your paint job looks once it is dry. A dirty surface can lead to a finished product that looks splotchy. Even if your walls to not appear dirty it is a good idea to wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dust that has accumulated. It there are spots with visible handprints or grime be sure and pay extra attention to getting those clean prior to painting.
The walls in your home can sustain damage through everyday use. You may have small holes in your walls from photos, shelves, or decorative items that are not longer up. Walls can get damaged by moving furniture around, getting bumped with big items that you carry into the house, or when a child throws a toy and hits the wall. It is common for paint and sheetrock to become dented or get knocked off over time. Before you paint the interior of your home you need to repair the areas that are damaged. You will have a much better finished product when you repair any current damage and start with an even surface.
Prepping the area
Another part of getting ready for an interior paint job is preparing the area surrounding where you are going to paint. You need to protect your floors, furniture, and other items from paint drips by moving things out and laying down drop cloths. Another part of preparing the area is putting up painter’s tape to ensure sharp lines and prevent bleeding to other areas. Prepping the area takes time upfront but it will ultimately save you time by making the painting process go more quickly and eliminating the need for a lot of touchup.
The amount of time it takes you to get ready for an interior paint job will depend on the current condition of your walls – how much cleaning and repair needs to be done. If you decide at any point during the process that you want help, get in touch with the pros at D&D Painting.