Guide to Prepping for Your Paint Job

Your Guide to Prepping for Your Paint Job

Before the paint goes on the walls, learn what tools you'll need to do the job right.

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Hi, I'm Wendy. A fresh coat of paint can instantly give a room a new feel but before you try to open that can, there's a little leg work fittings to be done to make sure your paint project goes smoothly. You should take down all artwork, curtains, and switch plates so you don't have to paint around any obstacles and be sure to cover your floor with a drop cloth to catch any drips or spills. After all objects are removed, the walls need a little prep work as well. Examine your walls for any dense, holes, or cracks. Nail holes can quickly be filled-in with a little spackling paste. If you have any dried ridges or lumps, you can smooth them down with some sandpaper. After you fix any problem areas, be sure to wipe away any dust and wash your walls with Tri-sodium Phosphate. This will remove any dirt on your walls, giving you an extremely clean surface to start painting. When using TSP solution, be sure to wear goggles, gloves, and long sleeves. Now that the walls are ready, you need to mask off windows, doors, and any other trim in the room. The best tool for this is painter's tape. It has a waxy coating that keeps paint from soaking through. It will not pull up the paint on the surface it step to. In addition, it also helps give you a smooth edge. Another tip to keep paint from sipping through is to varnish the tape. Varnishing is basically rubbing down the tape to make sure it's adhered properly. You can do this with a piece of plastic like a credit card. It's recommended to not apply the tape more than a few days ahead of painting and to be sure to remove it within a few days after you've painted. A little extra work on the front end will ensure your painting project will be perfect. For more painting tips, visit