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Prepping for Interior Painting Instructions

  • Prepping for Interior Painting

    The key to an attractive and successful painting project is all in the prep work. Paint will not hide cracks and other defects in your wall surfaces. By spending a little time preparing the room for painting, you will ensure a "professional" job that will last and look good for years to come.

  • Overview

    To prepare for painting, you will need to move and cover the furniture in the room. Anything that can’t be moved should be covered. Prepare the walls by washing them with an all purpose household cleaner and patching any defects. Prepare woodwork by sanding and patching.

  • Making Room to Work

    The first thing you need to do is give yourself some room to work. Move all the furniture to the center of the room or take it out altogether. Then cover the furniture with a drop cloth to protect it from dust and paint. Next, remove all electrical switch plates and receptacle plates. This includes cable TV outlets and phone jack covers.

  • Covering Things Up

    If you have a chandelier that is supported by a post, you can just remove the cover plate so you can paint underneath it. Make sure you cover the chandelier while you paint. Use masking tape and plastic sheets to cover receptacles, switches, radiators and other surfaces that will not be painted. If you do not plan to paint entire walls or sections of the room, you may need to mask off those areas if you are painting adjacent areas.

  • Wiping the Walls

    Once everything is out of the way or covered, wash the walls to be painted with an all purpose household cleaner. This will remove dirt, dust and other substances that can prevent your new coat of paint from sticking. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Wash from the bottom up to prevent streaking. Then, rinse the walls with clean water and a sponge.

  • Cleaning & Patching

    Using drywall compound, fill in holes and smooth out rough areas. If you need to patch a crack, cover the crack first with fiberglass mesh. This will help prevent the crack from returning later. Use several thin coats of drywall compound to smooth it out. Once the drywall compound is dry, lightly sand it smooth with a fine-grit sandpaper (150 to 200 grit).

  • Preparing Woodwork

    If you are planning to paint the trim and woodwork in the room, make sure you sand it first, to take the sheen or gloss off the current coat of paint. Remove any loose or flaking paint and sand the edges smooth. Using wood filler, patch any holes or gouges in the woodwork. Vacuum up the dust from the sanding steps.

  • Finishing Up

    You are now ready to paint! Start with the ceiling, then paint the walls, and finally the woodwork.

 

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