Painting Preparation Procedures

Paint color can change the entire vibe of a room, that’s why once the decision to paint a room has been made most people, want to get right to it. They want to hurry and get new color on the wall, as quickly as possible, however, it’s never a good idea to rush into it, there are painting preparation procedures that should be followed in order to leave you with the best finished product. While these painting preparation procedures may seem like extra work, and not much fun, you’ll be glad that you didn’t skip them when you see how great your room looks.

Choose Your Paint Color

Relying on a paint chart is not the best way to choose your paint color. It is, however, a great place to start. Once you narrow your selection down to a two or three favorites, buy the sample size cans. When you get home paint swatches of each color on the wall. Enter the room periodically throughout the day and into the night, in order to see how the paint color looks at different times. Then choose the one you like best, or start over with different color swatches until you find something that you’re happy with.

Prepare the Walls and Trim

Wash the walls and trim. You don’t want to paint over grease, dust, and grime. Once the walls are clean, make all repairs. If there are holes, scrapes and uneven areas, it’s time to take care of them. Bumps, and dents will detract from the finished product. Make the walls look as blemish free as possible.

Remove Furnishings

If you haven’t already removed the furniture in the room, do so now. Almost everyone thinks that they are a neat painter, and that they don’t have to worry about drips and splatters, this is a false sense of security. It is virtually impossible to paint a room without at least a few drips, or splashes.

Cover the Floor

Cover the floor with a drop cloth to protect it. You can also cover any furnishings that were impossible to move.

Tape Edging

Tape the edging in order to protect the trim and the ceiling. Use painters tape that’s easy to remove once the job is complete.

Check the Brushes and Rollers

There are different brushes and rollers for different jobs, and different paint types. Before beginning, make sure that you have the right ones for each step of the job. The room will look better and the process is easier with the correct tools for the job.

Prime the Walls

Before you begin painting with your chosen color, the walls will most likely have to be primed. Primer makes it easier to cover over other colors, and covers any discolorations. Some paints have the color and primer all in one, and may be an option. Check them out at your local paint or home improvement store.

Begin with the Ceiling

Painting should begin with the ceiling. Next comes the walls, and finally the trim. This way, any drips from the ceiling won’t ruin your freshly painted walls.

Keep these tips in mind anytime that you have a painting project, they will help make it easier and a lot neater. Remember, choose the color carefully, make sure that you have the right tools for the job, and clean and make repairs, and prime the walls before you begin painting with your chosen color. Once you’re finished, sit back and admire your work, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

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