No one likes to continually look at the same old boring colors on the walls inside or outside of a home. At some point, you might get a burst of enthusiasm to finally apply a new coat of paint to help improve looks. While such enthusiasm is a good thing, it has to be tempered with good common sense. Before doing any type of paint job, you have to prep things. If not, then a lot of work might go for naught.
The steps for prepping a wall for painting is not all that difficult. Here are a few insights on how to perform the prepping the right way.
Basic Painting Prep Steps
Any wallpaper on the walls has to be completely and thoroughly scraped away. This means any and all remnants of the wall paper including errant bits and pieces has to be sanded off. The surface must be made as smooth as possible or else the finish will be uneven.
The wall must be washed and washed thoroughly. Use soap, water, and a good sponge to make sure there is no dirt, dust, or debris remaining on the wall. After you have properly washed the wall, allow a decent amount of time for it to dry. You certainly do not want to paint on a wall that is still wet.
A primer may be required for certain paint jobs. Even before employing a primer, it is necessary to fill in any crack or imperfections in the wall.
Before even starting to paint, be sure all objects that can cause obstructions to the job should be removed. Putting down a tarp on the floor ensures it is not ruined by any splashing paint.
Why Prepping for a Paint Job is Important
There are quite a number of deliberate steps required before starting a paint job. None of these steps should be looked at as unimportant. The reason is the paint job will end up being a very poor one if the right prep work is not done. Dirt and dust on the wall can keep the paint from sticking. A wall with holes and cracks in it is going to cause an uneven paint job. This is to say nothing of the obvious visual troubles such a damaged wall is going to display. A lack of a primer undermines the eventual color tone the wall is to embody.
Two things are likely if the right prepping is not done. The paint job ends up being terrible and the job will have to be redone. Rather than suffer through more wasted time and money, it is better to be sure the job has been prepped the right way from the beginning.