2 Prep Steps For A Better Paint Job

10 November 2017
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When it comes to home improvements, there are very few remodels that are as popular as painting. Repainting, especially on the interior, is the most manageable project because it doesn't require any special tools, skills, or difficult physical labor. Anybody with a little bit of free time on the weekend and a small budget can probably do some interior painting. Actually painting your walls could be the easiest part of your entire job. However, there is a fair amount of prep work that you need to do to have a professional looking paint job. This article explains two essential preparation steps for a better-looking paint job:

Masking and Taping Off

Masking off is the most time-consuming part of the job. It not only includes taping off all of your edges to create perfect lines that you will later paint over, but it also means you have to cover everything. Using large rolls of painters plastic, you can cover large areas quite quickly. The key to masking off is to do it all at once and to be as thorough as possible. Some people try to skimp when it comes to masking off, and then when they start painting, they realize that they need to cover more areas. If you have to interrupt your painting and get your masking supplies back out, it is going to slow down the paint job. At this point, it might already be too late, and you may have already spilled paint that is going to be very hard to clean up.

Fill and Patch All the Holes

Once you have everything masked off, the next step is to fill all your holes. This is very important, even down to the smallest nail hole. Even if you plan on putting a picture right back up where it was before, you should remove the nail, fill the hole with spackling paste, And texture it before you can do any painting. When you paint over small holes, it can bubble up, making the hole look larger and more noticeable.

Once you're done masking off, and all your holes are filled and textured, you can start to prime your walls. Priming is the final step to a great paint job. It will give you a more even paint finish, truer colors, and add more protection to your walls. Let your primer dry a full 24 hours before you move on to painting the walls.

Contact a company like AA Painting for more information and assistance.