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TOP PAINTING CONTRACTORS KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF PREP

TOP PAINTING CONTRACTORS KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF PREP

Prepare and Conquer

Painting preparation is not fun and it takes a long time. But careful preparation of your painting surface and painting area is the only way to ensure professional results. To paint like a painting contractor, don’t be tempted to start your painting too soon. Has anyone ever said that painting prep is fun? Very doubtful. It is actually quite tedious but it is essential to the painting process and shouldn’t be skimped on. Don’t be tempted to start your painting too soon. Resist the urge to open the paint can until everything is ready.

MOVE YOUR STUFF

Don’t make the mistake of trying to paint in a cramped area. Prepare like a professional painting contractor and move anything that may be knocked or damaged while you are painting. Put ornaments, lamps, books etc. into another room if possible. Pasadena painting contractors suggest moving furniture into the center of the room as it is easier to cover it with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting. Check out our blog post BEST PAINTERS’ DROP CLOTHS

CLEAN AND VACUUM

Surprising when you sfind when you start cleaning before your painting job. All sorts of stuff lurking under the sofa. Vacuum really well so crumbs and debris are not ground into the floor as you or your painting contractors tramp over your drop cloths. Use an attachment to vacuum any spider webs up in corners of your room. Take particular care if you have hardwood flooring. You don’t want to discover scratches on your floor when your painting project is finished and the drop cloths are lifted.

COVER AND PROTECT

Protect and cover anything and everything that paint may drip or splatter on. If you are painting the ceiling, the whole floor will need to be covered. If you are painting walls, you want at least 3 ft. from the walls to be protected. You can use a drop cloth or a tarp,  or you can tape masking paper to the floor with painter’s tape. Make sure that whatever you use goes right up to the wall. The most vulnerable area is where the wall and floor meet.

UNSCREW

All the face plates and light switch covers need to be unscrewed and removed before painting begins. If you are using a top Pasadena painting contractor, this is a job that he will take care of. If you are painting yourself, make sure you number each cover and matching outlet to make replacement easy once your painting job is complete.  Remove hardware from windows or cupboards. Store the screws safely in a Ziploc bag. Remember where you put them.

CLEAN YOUR WALLS

Paint doesn’t stick to dirt.  Use a sponge or cloth to wipe down your painting surface with a mild detergent and warm water. Let it dry completely. Painting contractors otfen use TSP.

TAPE

Use painters’ tape to protect any places your brush may slip.

FILL THE HOLES

You want to have as smooth a surface as possible on your walls before painting begins. Fill any little holes with spackle using a flexible putty knife.  It is better to slightly overfill than underfill them, as the spackle shrinks when it dries.

SMOOTH THE CRACKS

If you have crevices or cracks in the wall, these are dealt with differently to achieve a smooth finish. Cover any crevices with self-adhesive fiberglass joint tape. Apply a thin layer of joint compound, also known as drywall compound or Mastic, over the tape using a flexible joint knife. You need to work quickly as the paste dries fast. 

SAND IT DOWN

Lightly sand any spackle or joint compound to make it as smooth as possible.

CAULK

If there are any gaps between the baseboards and the wall, apply latex caulk and smooth with a damp finger or sponge. The smoothing must be done before it dries.

OVERALLS

There is a reason professional painting contractors wear overalls as paint can splatter everywhere. Wear overalls or old clothes that you don’t care about. 

GATHER SUPPLIES

Make sure you have all your painting supplies handy: brushes, rollers, paint tray, sponges, rags, surgical gloves, paint stick, paint can opener. You will never see a professional painting contractor begin until the stage is set.

You are now ready to open and stir the paint. Happy painting!