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How To Prepare A Room For Painting

Room Prep Is Vital


Before starting any painting project, it is necessary to prep or prepare the room. If you take all of the right steps, you can prevent many problems from occurring during the course of the project. It is not hard to prep a room, but you do need to know what types of things have to be done so that you do not forget any crucial parts of the process. Below are basic steps that you should follow to get beautiful results in your home.

Clear the Room

To start with, ideally you need to remove all of the furniture out of the room. Take paintings and pictures off of the walls and put them somewhere safe. Roll up rugs and take down window treatments and curtains. If you do not want to move the couches, chairs, or beds out of the room entirely, you should at least slide them to the center of the room so that they will be out of the way. Moving them to another room is best, though, because it will give you a clear working area.

{category_img id=8457 type=small align=right link=yes}Put Up Painters Masking Tape

The next step is to go around the room and edge everything with painter’s tape. This is blue tape that is rather thick and can be removed with ease. You should put the tape on window frames, pieces of trim, door frames, and any other things that are not going to be painted. When you are doing the job, you can paint onto the tape, keeping you from having to worry about painting the wrong surfaces while you work. You can then peel the tape away when you are done, and you will have a crisp, clean line along all of the edges.

{category_img id=50427 type=small align=right link=yes}Lay Out Tarps or Drop Cloths

Tarps and drop cloths need to be put down to protect the floors. If you have enough of these cloths, you should go around the entire room. You can then leave them in place until you are done. It is best to tape the tarps to the floor so that they do not move. Make sure they are right up against the edge of the wall to catch any drops from the brush, the can, or the wall itself. If you only have one cloth, you will need to move it around with you as you do the job.

{category_img id=17083 type=small align=right link=yes}Scrape the Paint and Patch Any Holes

You only need to scrape away old peeling paint, if any. If all surfaces are still in good condition, you can skip this step. If the old paint is peeling or cracking though, scrape it away and sand down what is left. You must do this so that the old paint does not peel away under the new coat. This peeling action can ruin your new paint because it will not have been applied to a firm surface. If you have holes to fill do these now. You want to give the spackling compound time to dry. Some compounds dry faster than others, are self priming and non shrinking.

{category_img id=49747 type=small align=right link=yes}Set up Lighting

It is crucial for you to be able to see while you paint. Shadows can hide a poor paint job that will then be very visible at different times of the day. If the paint does not cover well in a dark room, you may not notice until it is too late and you have put all of your supplies away. You should use tripod lights in the center of the room. Aim them at whatever wall you are working on at the time so that all of the little details stand out. You should even do this if the room is normally dark because it is still important to have a great paint job.

{category_img id=50994 type=small align=right link=yes}The Room is Prepped

Once you have taken the steps that are listed above, the room will be prepped and ready for paint. It is often best to start with a primer. This can cover whatever color was on the wall beforehand, turning it white. It will then be much easier for the new color of paint to cover evenly on all parts of the wall.

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