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How to Prep a Room for Painting

calander Feb 11 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

If you ask professional interior painting contractors the question, “What’s the most important part of a successful paint job?,” most of them will deliver a similar response: proper preparation. Indeed, if you want the best, longest-lasting results and minimal mess, there are many moves you should make before you open up the first can of paint. Neglecting even one of these steps can set you back in multiple ways and lead to a less than stellar outcome.

So, if you plan on tackling a painting project yourself, make sure you and your room are ready. Of course, if you don’t have the time, patience, or confidence to prepare your interiors for painting, you should hire local painters to get it done. Whether you do it yourself or hire the pros, here’s a briefing on how to properly prep a room for painting.

Clear the Area as Much as Possible

Paint is meant to stick, so you don’t want it getting on anything other than the areas you want to coat. Plus, you need full access to the surfaces you’ll be painting. Therefore, start by removing as many objects from the room as you can. This includes furniture, decorations, picture frames, books, etc.

Cover What Can’t Move

What about features that are fixed in place or too heavy to move? While these things must stay where they are, you can still take measures to keep paint from splattering on them. The easiest way to protect these surfaces is to cover them with plastic. Avoid using cloth tarps as paint can still soak through these.

Drop Those Cloths

Now that your interiors are cleared out and well covered, it’s time to start preparing the paintable surfaces. Lay down drop cloths to catch any dust, debris, paint, and other materials that would otherwise end up on your floor. If you’re painting your ceiling, you’ll need complete floor coverage.

Fix Up Your Surfaces

You might think that painting can begin at this point. However, your local interior painters can tell you that there’s still more to do if you want the best results. First, you’ll want to examine your surfaces for damage and repair them. Painting over dings, holes, and other issues won’t just look bad, but will merely cover up an issue that needs addressing. So, be sure to patch up any broken drywall, caulk any gaps, and otherwise address damage to the surfaces that will be painted.

Sand Surfaces Down

After you’ve repaired your surfaces, it’s time to sand them down to level the surfaces, remove any old paint or stain, and make them more receptive to the paint. In most cases, you’ll want to use a 220-grit sandpaper, though finer and coarser grits may come in handy depending on how rough or smooth you want the surface to be.

Don’t Forget to Clean

This step is often overlooked, but it’s crucial for achieving a durable paint job. Cleaning your surfaces removes dust, dirt, and grease so the paint sticks directly to the surface. A sponge and soapy water usually do the trick, but be mindful of the products you use, as certain chemicals can be corrosive when applied to different materials. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your surfaces, let them dry fully.

Tape Trim and Edges

Take the time to tape corners, edges, baseboards, and trim. Doing so will help you achieve clean lines and avoid painting specific areas. Make sure you have plenty in the roll to cover as much as you need.

Prime Before Painting

Finally, it’s time for you or your residential interior painting team to start coating your interior. Just make sure you/they start with a coat of primer before dipping into the paint. Priming your surfaces will help you achieve the color you’re going for and further help with paint adhesion.

Be Prepared!

It doesn’t matter if you prefer to do it yourself or hire professionals -- proper preparation is key for every paint job. If you’re looking for more advice on interior painting, Nash Painting is happy to be of service. We’re a proud Nashville painting company with a passion for quality and an eye for detail. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!