Painting Preparation Tips
Preparation is a necessity in whatever things you are
intended to do. In painting, preparation is a must. You
can’t just roll the paint or brush paint to your walls,
ceilings or anything, it will only turn out ugly instead
of making it beautiful. Surely, it will not only waste
your things, but you will also waste your time and effort.
In painting, the number 1 reason for its failure is poor
preparation. Here are some useful painting preparation
tips that will surely help you.
Plan out well what is your color scheme before even buying
paint. Think twice before choosing the color you want.
Match it to your other décor and consider well what well
be its effect to your other things. Be sure also that you
have all the things and materials needed before starting
so you won’t have to go back and fort to the store to buy
Next, prepare the surface of what you are going to paint.
Whether you are painting an iron chair, staining a wood
end table, walls, ceilings or anything, preparing the
surface is absolutely important. If the paint doesn’t have
a clean, smooth surface to adhere to, it won’t last long
and definitely it won’t look good. Like in walls, it
should be sanded, spackled and cleaned, for paint to
If you are painting a room, prepare it too. Remove all
your furniture before you begin. If you can’t remove some
of your things, use a newspaper or a drop cloth to cover
it and floor. Undoubtedly, you don’t want paints
splattering over it. Remove also outlet covers, light
fixtures, door knobs, electrical switches and other
hardware and so if won’t bother your painting.
If the surface is shiny or high-gloss, clean it also and
have it sanded in order for the paint to bond. If you are
painting a wall, scrape off the wallpapers and flaking
paints. Painting over wallpaper will not look good. But if
you still want to paint over it, be sure that the paper is
tight and does not contain any bleeding colors. You can
also apply primer if necessary. If the surface has been
painted before, you only need to repaint the patched or
Tape off also the window frames, baseboards or any areas
that you don’t want to be painted. This will avoid paint
drips and smudges to these areas.
Look also for cracks in the surface. Fill them with
patching plasters, filler, wood putty or other suitable
compound, whichever is appropriate. When the patch is dry,
sand it lightly so that they will level to the surface.
Fill nail holes with spackling compound and sand it
lightly. To inspect the repaired damages and trim work,
dig out rot and filling depression with wood filler.
If you’re painting a metal, sand the entire object so that
the rust will be removed and any rough areas are leveled
with the rest of the object. It will look better after it
is painted if it has a smooth surface. Wash also the
surface with good detergent to get rid of the grease, dust
and dirt, then rinse it with clean water and let it dry
Following these tips will result to a beautiful and
flawless painting. This will definitely save your energy,
time and money. Now you are ready to paint.
Painting tips & tricks of
Take good care of your
Wash brushes used with latex paint in warm (dish) soapy water.
Leave a little soap in the brush and wrap in wax paper to
preserve the softness and shape.
Comb brushes and rollers after cleaning to eliminate excess
fuzz and remove loose bristles.
Don't let shrubbery eat
your fresh paint job.
Before painting exterior siding, tie back any shrubs or branches
that may scratch the fresh paint. Leave tied back for a week
to allow complete drying.
Always keep a record of the paint used as well as the color
code. You'll be glad you did when down the road you discover
you need more paint for a touch up or another coat.