If you’re a homeowner in Amador County, and you’re interested in how to prepare for an interior paint job, this article is for you. We always recommend hiring a painting contractor for a residential painting project. That is because you get to benefit from our experience, skills, job quality, and the wide range of tools we bring with us.
However, if you have a relatively small room that you want to try DIY painting, we’ve got some prep tips for you. But first, for you to pull off this job successfully, you need to have 1) some painting skills, 2) a little patience, and 3) the right tools. If you ticked all the three boxes, let’s get started, shall we?
Interior Paint Prep Steps
1. Collect the Materials and Tools
You will need several materials and tools to prepare your home interior for painting successfully. The specifics might vary depending on the size and shape of your interior, materials, and condition of the walls. But here are the general supplies and tools you might need;
- Paint safe cleaner and rags
- Putty knife
- Sandpaper or sanding sponge
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop Cloths
- Paintbrushes and rollers
- Primer (maybe)
- Paint-can opener
- Stir sticks
- Caulking gun and caulking
- A paint tray
- Spackle or painters putty
2. Move and Protect furniture
Unless you’re painting an empty room, you need to move the furniture away from the wall to the center of the room or remove them entirely. Cover the furniture with a plastic sheet and secure it in place with tape. That is also the best time to remove wall hangings and window dressings. If you’re going to paint the ceiling as well, consider moving the furniture into two small piles (instead of one) with enough space in between for ladder placement.
3. Clean The Walls
Cleaning the walls is critical for a flawless paint job free of surface imperfections. Painting on a dirty surface is not only unflattering, but it creates a foundation for premature paint peeling and flaking due to improper adhesion. Use a vacuum cleaner or a towel to wipe out all the dust and any cobwebs from the wall. If your wall has any mold, apply a mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part domestic bleach to the affected area. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then rinse the surface using clean tap water.
4. Remove Old Paint
If your walls have old paint that is starting to flake, peel or crack, you need to remove it before painting. Use the paint scraper to strip off the old peeling paint and sand the surface to a smooth, even finish. Sanding and scraping the loose paint will help the repair stay together.
5. Repair Damaged areas
Interior painting in Amador County, California, is much more than just changing the color on the walls. It’s an opportunity to find and fix any damaged areas that might otherwise be costly if left for too long. Loose patches of old plaster, cracks around window and door frames, and missing caulk are some of the common things you might need to fix before painting. If your walls have texture you can buy small spray cans from the hardware store to match knockdown or orange peel texture.
Priming is especially critical for walls that have stubborn stains, drywall patches, old oil based enamels, or any other problems on the surface. A primer helps to lock them down and give your new paint a nice, even, appearance. If your existing walls are free from these types of problems, you can skip the primer altogether.
The Bottom Line
Adequate preparation before interior painting is critical for a clean, high quality, and durable paint job. If the whole prep work and interior painting process sounds daunting, you should probably hire us to be your painting company.
If you haven’t identified a reliable painting contractor yet, Michael Hines Painting would love an opportunity to be your go-to interior painter in Amador County. Call us at 209-256-4587 to book a FREE estimate, and let us help you enhance your homes interior because you have better ways to spend your weekend! 🙂