We’re scheduled to paint the interior of your home, or you’re considering our services. That’s an exciting step to getting your home in tiptop shape.
Did you know that the time and care it takes to prepare the painting surface is an important step to the painting process? There are some things you can do to help make this process easier and quicker which we’ll review and also let you know our process for painting projects.
Here’s what to do before we get there:
· We ask that you remove small furnishings, pictures, fragile objects and window treatments from the room.
· For larger furniture and things that can’t be removed place all items in the center of the room.
Then sit back and relax, we’ll take it from here.
Curious what the process is? So that you have an idea of how we handle our projects, here’s a general overview:
We remove outlet covers and screws from the walls, this helps to avoid the unattractive appearance of uneven cut-in lines and paint on your outlet covers.
Next we lay drop cloths throughout the room. Ours are heavy-duty butyl drops, because these are best at containing spills and splatters. Plastic or newspaper isn’t enough to protect the surrounding areas, and will shift around which is why we don’t use them.
If the area we’re painting is dustier than normal, we remove dust and dirt with a shop-vac before using a cleaning solution on the walls. This is done because paint adheres best to a clean surface. We use a solution of TSP (Tri-sodium phosphate) and water because it’s great for cleaning off grease and other stains.
We spackle any nail holes, cracks, or other imperfections on the surface. This is done by firmly applying the spackle with a putty knife. We allow the product to dry thoroughly before going further.
After the spackle dries we sand the filled areas, to create a smooth, uniform surface. Trim and other glossy areas that are being painted are also sanded because the new coat of paint will adhere better by roughing up the surface.
We look to see if there are any joints or seams on the walls that need caulk. Often this is where trim pieces meet the wall and create a small gap. Then we wait for the caulk to dry.
Lastly, we spot-prime discolored and spackled spots, which allows for the best adhesion in the “problem” areas.
All these steps have been carefully planned out to ensure that your paint job will lay down more evenly, adhere better, and have a longer life. It might seem like a long process, but these steps are sure to pay off in the final results. The job of painting is secondary to a well-prepped surface.
Now that you know our processes we look forward to helping you with your home improvement project!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.