5 Interior House Painting Preparation Tips

by Editor on August 29, 2013

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Painting the interior of your home is a great way to improve any space inexpensively. Not only can a fresh change of paint make a room look cleaner and new, but it can also help to improve the style of a room. Painting a room is a simple but effective way to transform your living space. Here are 5 interior house painting preparation tips to help make the process even easier.

  1. While many homeowners love the look of wallpaper, over time it can become outdated or maybe it just doesn’t fit with the look of your home anymore. Whatever your reason, it may be time to ditch the paper and choose a solid paint color for the walls. Unfortunately removing wallpaper can be a pain because wallpaper is extremely durable. Homeowners often want to just paint right over the wallpaper to avoid the extra effort of tearing down the paper first. While this may be tempting, it is usually not a good idea as painting over wall paper can result in steaks or bubbling. Before painting you should always be sure to take down wallpaper completely, if possible, in order to paint on a fresh, even surface. For some homes this may not be a reality and taking wallpaper down could cause more harm than good resulting in crumbling drywall and other issues. Always use your best judgment before proceeding with any project.
  2. Use a primer. Unfortunately, many homeowners believe that this step is unnecessary and that they can skip it. In actuality, it can make a huge difference on the end result of your paint job. Primer can smooth imperfections on the wall’s surface helping to create a more even and smooth look. It acts as a solid foundation so that when paint is applied it is even and attractive looking. Plus, if there is no foundation beneath the paint, paint will often dry unevenly, appear blotchy or have a mis-matched sheen.
  3. You may need to scrub and sand the wall surface before beginning to paint. If the walls have been freshly primed and are nice and smooth, this may be unnecessary. However, if you are applying paint to a surface that has already been painted on and looks uneven, chipped, or like it’s peeling you may need to do some scrubbing and sanding prep work. Look for flaws that may need sanding or scrubbing by pulling any furniture away from the walls for a good look. Scrubbing and sanding can also help to remove any stains, odors and even dirt for a seriously fresh surface.
  4. Use masking tape to protect areas that will not be painted. Masking tape can be used to create designs on your wall. It can also help to ensure paint does not accidentally get on the ceiling, floors, baseboards, bead-board and other areas nearby. Taking the time to properly tape areas that need to be protected will ensure a neat paint job that looks professional.
  5. Finally, you will need to choose and purchase the right paint for the job. There are a wide variety of paint options available to homeowners today. Different paints provide different benefits as well as unique features. Latex is the most common paint used, as it is cheap and easy to clean up using water. You can also choose a more durable rubberbase paint, textured paint that will look like stucco, a one-coat paint with more pigmentation, acoustic paint to help improve the sound quality of a room, or even dripless paint. There are so many options, so it is best to determine your needs as well as your budget first.

It is always smart to properly prep your walls for any paint job, regardless of the color or the room. Prep can help preserve the paint work you do so that your paint lasts longer and looks better without having to hire a professional likeĀ Sergios painting. Painting the right way will ensure that your home’s walls look fantastic for years to come, until you decide to paint again!

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