How To Prep a Room Before Painting It?

A fresh coat of paint transforms any room. Whether you choose to update the room to a modern and trendy color or keep it neutral, you’ll find that a quality paint job makes the room look new again. You’re naturally eager to see the results of your painting project, but there are a few things that have to be done before you ever put a brush to the wall. Prepping a room before you begin painting has several important benefits that make this series of steps well worth your time.

Professional painters will often tell you that the most important parts of painting a room don’t involve a brush and a bucket of paint. Room prep provides these benefits for making sure that you paint job goes well.

•Prevent damage to essential furniture and valuable objects

•Avoid paint drips on the floor

•Create clear lines between different colors of paint

•Make a clean surface for the paint to stick on

•Repair holes and cracks for a flawless finish

Make Room Prep More Effective With Help From Professional Painters

Prepping a room requires you to do several things that get it ready for painting. During your paint consultation, you’ll want to carefully go over which parts of the process will be your responsibility along with what the painter’s will do. For example, some people prefer to clear their furniture completely out of the room for a major painting project. Others may be able to move the furniture to the middle of the room where it can be away from the walls and covered with a drop cloth. Talking about these types of choices with your painting team helps you be on the same page when it comes to the big day.

As the home or commercial building owner or manager, you’ll want to begin the room prep by removing items from shelves and closets that are also being painted. Taking down wall art is also necessary to provide access to all of the surfaces of the walls and protect your belongings. Once the main furniture and decor is cleared out, you’ll then want to remove any hardware from the walls such as light switch and outlet covers. You can make it easier to keep track of these items by placing them in plastic bags that are labeled with where they go. This is especially important if you are doing multiple rooms. Some light fixtures might also need to be removed depending upon their placement. Overhead fans and lighting systems that are difficult to remove may need to be covered during the painting project.

Painters often prep walls and ceilings to make sure that there are now flaws that could interfere with the paint being able to stick. Walls that are heavily soiled can be cleaned with a mild detergent and water solution. If there is peeling paint, then the walls may need to be scraped and sanded to make them smooth again. You’ll also want to make sure that nail holes and any other blemishes on the wall are patched and smoothed properly. If there are cracks along the baseboards or other trim, then caulking these areas further creates a smoother surface before you start to paint. Once these steps are all complete, painters use special tape to protect areas that they don’t want to get paint on such as the trim or a part of the room that is a different color. Then, drop cloths are placed on the floor and over any remaining objects so that the paint job can begin.

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