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 it.
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 adhere properly.
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 repaired areas.
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 completely.
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.