So you’ve chosen to give your house a new look by painting it a different color. While painting is undoubtedly the simplest and least expensive option to rapidly change your space, it’s not as simple as splashing new paint on the walls. Preparation is the key to a successful paint job that looks immaculate and is built to last. More specifically, before you begin painting, you must ensure that your walls have been professionally fixed.
Repairing Drywall Before Painting
After you have removed any hanging artwork or ornamental items, you should inspect the condition of your walls. Typically, a few minor faults will be discovered due to normal wear and tear. This often comprises minor dents, bubbles, scrapes, nail bursts, small holes from hanging pictures, and so on. However, you may have more significant damage, such as larger holes, doorknob dents, or caulking gaps in the corners.
These defects may be difficult to see at first, but they will be obvious if you paint over them without first repairing them. To help ensure you get them all, hold a utility light against the wall and carefully slide it along to highlight any difficult-to-see areas. When you locate a problem area, circle it with a pencil (not a pen or marker!) to indicate that it needs repair.
Filling all those holes, dents, and gauges is the first step in fixing drywall for painting. It’s a really quick and simple process for any small ones. Fill the necessary sections with pre-mixed or homemade drywall compound, making sure to level the compound out. It’s a good idea to apply two coats to ensure that it’s uniformly filled. Allow the compound to dry before smoothing out the area with sandpaper.
The procedure is a little more complicated for larger holes. If the hole is less than 6 inches in diameter, you can cover it with an adhesive drywall patch before applying a layer of drywall compound. Allow the compound to dry before applying the second coat. After that has dried, you can sand it gently to achieve a smooth finish.
After you’ve finished sanding, vacuum up any dust and wipe down the walls with a moist cloth to verify that all of the dust has been removed. Allow the walls to dry before applying the priming coat!
How to Prepare a Drywall Before Painting
It’s a good idea to wipe the walls down again with a dry microfiber towel to remove any remaining dust particles that could interfere with the paint finish. Make sure you complete this step exactly before applying your priming layer. Next, apply the primer layer in the same manner as you would ordinary paint. Make sure to apply an even coat and let it dry completely.
After the primer has dried, run your hands over the walls to check for any rough spots that may need to be sanded down further. Once you’ve ensured that the walls are smooth, you may begin applying your new paint color!
While painting walls on your own may appear to be a simple task, there is a lot of prep work required, and it might take hours to complete on your own. It’s always a good idea to engage experienced painters to take care of everything for you if you want the work done professionally and promptly! CCT Apex House Painting does all of the preparation and painting. You’ll get a faultless finish and a fresh new space in just one day! Call today for your no-obligation estimate today!