One of the hardest parts about painting a room is actually the prep work that is done before painting. The look and adhesion of the paint being applied to a surface is greatly dependent on the condition of that surface prior to painting. The 3 steps below will discuss the steps needed in order to fully prepare a room prior to painting.
Step 1 – Strip the room
If you are painting a room that is already empty, you’re already ahead. Unfortunately, in most situations, the room being painted will have furniture in it as well as things on the walls. The first step before applying any paint is to empty the room. If your furniture is large and cannot be moved out of the room, try to move it into the centre of the room so that you have access to all the surfaces being painted. It is best to have at least 4 feet of empty space between the wall and any furniture to ensure that you have enough room to actually paint. Once this is done, cover the furniture with a tarp or drop cloth so that it doesn’t get dirty while you are painting.
After the furniture has been moved, remove any items hanging of the walls and any screws or nails in the wall. Also, don’t forget to remove any doorknobs, cover plates and any other hardware. This will save you time as it’s usually easier to remove these items than it is to tape around them.
Step 2 – Clean the Area
For the best paint coverage and adhesion, it is important that the surfaces being painted are clean. Usually this involves just wiping down the wall surfaces and/or vacuuming any dust the corners of the room. If the surfaces being painted are greasy or dirtier than normal (mostly high traffic areas), we suggest washing the walls, doors and trim with a light detergent solution and wiping them down with the damp cloth prior to painting. This will ensure that the paint will properly adhere to the surface.
Step 3 – Sanding and Puttying
This step is often tedious but will greatly improve the look of your final product if done properly. Take a look at your walls after they are cleaned and putty any screw/nail holes, cracks, dents or visible joints in the wall. After the putty has dried completely, lightly sand the surface of each puttied area until it is flush with the wall surface.
If the surface being painted is glossy (i.e. doors, trim, window casings), try to lightly sand the area prior to applying any paint as this will ensure better adhesion.
You can use a tack cloth to wipe the sanded areas down afterwards to remove any dust that may have accumulated.
Once you have completed the 3 steps outlined above your room you’re ready to paint.