Home Painting Tips

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Below are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your home painting project.

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Preparation Is Key

Whether you are doing the painting yourself or hiring a contractor, you should know that careful preparation makes painting easier and reduces future maintenance.

Correct Structural Problems

Flaking, peeling, or scaling old paint can indicate that moisture is getting into the surface behind the paint. It is important to find and repair the causes of excess moisture, or you’ll have the same problems with your newly painted surface.

Make Surface Repairs

  • Fill countersunk nail holes, cracks, and open wall joints with spackle, following the directions on the label. When dry, sand the spackled areas until smooth and clean off the dust with a tack cloth. Spot prime the repaired area.
  • For larger cracks and holes, clean out loose material with a putty knife, apply patching compound, and smooth the surface with a putty knife. Spot prime the repaired area.
  • For better paint adhesion, roughen the glossy surfaces of the trim and walls by lightly sanding and then cleaning with a tack cloth. As an alternative to sanding, apply an all-purpose primer.

Start with a Clean Surface

Dirt, oil, and grime on a surface will prevent paint from adhering properly, so a thorough cleaning is an important part of the preparation process.

  • Clean surfaces with a mild detergent and water solution.
  • Rinse with a dampened sponge or cloth to remove any residue from detergent.
  • Make sure walls have dried sufficiently before painting.

Get the Room Ready

  • Remove as much furniture and small items as possible.
  • Remove window treatments and hardware.
  • Turn off electricity and remove electrical switch plates. Tape screws to back of plate.
  • If you are painting the ceiling, cover the entire floor with drop cloths to protect it from paint drips.
  • Protect areas that will not be painted with blue painter’s tape. Painter’s tape doesn’t leave behind an adhesive residue and can be left in place several days if necessary. Apply the tape by pressing from the center outward to the sides to keep adhesion flush to the wall. Remove the tape when the paint is dry to touch, but not completely cured, usually about two hours.

Prime Unpainted or Worn Surfaces

A primer will provide a clean, uniform surface for paint application as well as cover marks, stains, and repair work.


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