You have paint, paintbrushes, and a mental picture of your beautiful newly painted room, so you are ready to get started. Whoa, Nelly! Before you begin transforming the room with paint, you must prepare your work area. Here are some often-overlooked tips for prepping a room to be painted. Taking care of these items before the painting begins makes the project progress smoothly.
You will need:
• Canvas tarp or drop cloth
• Painter’s masking tape
• 5-in-1 tool
• Hammer with nail remover
• Dust mask
• Putty knife
• Painter’s tool
• TSP-Tri Sodium Phosphate
• Drywall joint compound or spackling compound
• Acrylic latex caulk
• Caulk gun
• Tack cloth
• Rubber gloves
• Stepstool or step ladder
• Blade knife
• Additional lighting
• Sandpaper or sanding sponge
• Primer that matches paint color
Step 1: Spread the drop cloth on the floor to protect this surface.
Step 2: Use the screwdriver to remove covers from outlets and light switches.
Step 3: Combine some TSP with water in the bucket to create a wall-cleaning solution. Dip the sponge into this solution, wring it out, and wipe each wall gently. Use the rag to catch any drips and mop up excess water. Repeat this process, using clean water.
Step 4: Use the nail remover end of the hammer to remove all nails from the walls. Use the putty knife to cover the nail holes with the drywall joint compound or spackling compound.
Step 5: Lightly sand the walls with the sandpaper or sanding sponge, creating a smooth surface. Use the tack cloth to remove all sanding dust
Step 6: Use the caulk and caulk gun to apply caulk to gaps between baseboards and walls as well as in door and window casings. Smooth out the caulk with your finger. To get into tight spots, use a rag and the 5-in-1 tool.
Step 7: Apply painter’s tape to the horizontal areas on the wall surfaces, particularly around window and door casings and the baseboards. Novices should also tape off the sides of these casings.
Step 8: Apply primer to trouble spots like repaired holes and areas that are heavily stained.