Read information about wall and surface preparation for painting and painting woodwork.
Wall Preparation For Painting
Before you begin to paint your house, you have to
prepare the room and the surface of the walls for painting. There has to
be wall preparation before painting, the surface has to be ready to
accept the paint. Not only would you like the job to be perfect, but you
would like the things in the room to remain undamaged as well. Given
below are a few tips on preparation for painting your house, both for
the surface to be painted and for the other things in the room.
- The first thing you should do is clear the room. Remove
everything that you can from the room. What cannot be moved should
be placed in the center and cover it with a canvas or plastic drop
- Turn of the power, before removing light fixtures, switches and
switch plates, towel rods etc. Light fixtures that cannot be brought
down should be covered with plastic. Bring down curtains and curtain
rods as well. You can get your curtains cleaned as well.
- Bring down ceiling fans as well. Remove trim pieces of ceiling
fixtures as well. Remove switch plates and other outlet plates and
cover the outlets themselves with masking tape.
- Place a large enough trashcan lined with a plastic bag to throw
debris as they gather. A dirty work area is not only unsafe but can
slow you down.
- Use canvas to cover the floor to prevent damage from paint
splatters and spills.
- Remove door hardware.
- Pull out nails and picture hooks and fill holes with joint
- Use masking tape or painter's tape to cover areas that you do not
want painted. Door hardware and window and ceiling trim that you
- Drywalls have marks of nail heads and peeling joints tape. These
should be repaired before you paint the wall. For holes made by
nails fill with plaster like mixture called joint compound and sand
before painting. Cut off peeling tape and remove old adhesive with
knife. Cover open joint with fiberglass mesh tape to fit the joint
exactly. Cover with a layer of joint compound sand and prime before
painting. New drywall rooms need to be primed before painting.
- For plaster walls nail holes can be filled with surfacing
compound. For larger holes, clean with screwdriver, remove all loose
plaster. Nail in some hardware screen to the lath to grasp the
plaster. Use patching plaster to patch the hole. Prepare the plaster
according to manufacturer's instructions. Apply three thin layers of
plaster. Use drywall compound as the last layer and smooth. Use sand
paper to sand and smooth and apply primer before painting.
- Before painting woodwork, the layers of old paint will have to be
stripped. You can use a chemical stripper or a heat gun to remove
the old layers of paint. Use an old paintbrush to apply the
stripper. As bubbles form with the help of a scraper and steel wool
to remove the soft paint. If you use a heat gun use from a distance
of one foot and remove the paint as it flakes up. The heat gun
should be held in such a way that the paint is removed and the
woodwork is left undamaged. Use protective gear like leather gloves
- For new woodwork all you need to do is to dull the surface using
a deglosser or lightly sanding the wood prepares the surface for new
paint. Wear protective gear at all times, use a respirator and wear
leather gloves. Work in a well-ventilated room. Wash you hands with
soap before you eat, drink or smoke, after you have worked with the
- Particles of dirt, grease and grime have to be removed from the
wall before you start painting. If these are left as they are on the
wall, it will affect the paint's finish. Walls that are ordinarily
soiled walls you can use a solution of washing soda to clean the
wall and make it coarse to easily accept paint. Dip a sponge in the
solution and work on the ceiling first and then on the walls from
bottom to top. Turn of the power before you begin cleaning the