If you are arranging to paint your walls then you are going to need to do some preparation work.
Don't worry though gold standard decorators are here to help.
When you undertake any painting and decorating tasks at home, whether it's inside or outside, you want it to be successful. Preparing the area properly is critical to your success.
It's worth investing some additional time and energy over preparing your surfaces before you paint, as you'll improve the quality of the finish.
Painting can get messy at times which is why it’s very important to make sure the wall has been prepared in the correct way before you begin painting.
When you follow the steps in this blog post on how to prepare walls for painting you won’t go far wrong :)
1.Make Sure You Cover Any Furniture
Covering up any furniture in the room is important. Use a plastic sheet or a dust sheet.
Plastic will uphold better if you spill a large amount of paint, but a dust sheet can be washed and then reused the next time you paint. They both work perfectly fine it just depends on what you prefer.
Remove all pictures and paintings and make sure you cover up areas you don’t want the paint to touch like architraves and skirting boards.
Another crucial stage in the process for wall prep before you paint is to ensure your plug sockets and switches are taped over
It's not difficult to forget these even exist when you see them everyday.
Nonetheless they are still there and unless you want to cover them in paint you need to cover them up.
The most straightforward way to do this is to use painter's tape and cover the whole light switch or socket.
This way, while you are painting close to them any paint will end up on the tape and not your sockets.
At the point your decorating project is finished and you are happy with the outcome simply pull the tape off.
Your plug sockets and switch covers will look brand new.
2.You Need To Protect The Floor
It doesn't matter what you use to paint whether it's a brush, a roller or a sprayer, there's going to be drips on the floor. Even if you are very super careful.
So it’s in your best interest that you cover the floor. Put some masking tape on all the skirting in the room you will be painting.
Then put down a dust sheet on the floor covering the whole room including the tape.
3.Remove Any Old Wallpaper
To strip any old wallpaper off the walls you need to paint, fill up a water sprayer with a stripping solution and spray it on the wall. let the wall soak for 30 minutes and then use a wallpaper scraper tool to start removing the paper.
Textured wallpaper can be a challenge to remove because it is made to not allow water to penetrate it.
An ideal way to remove this type of wallpaper is to use a tool called a steamer.
You hold this tool onto the wallpaper for 30 seconds and it releases steam which then gets behind the paper which makes it soft.
Doing this makes it so much easier to remove the paper with your scraper.
Repeat this process over and over and the wallpaper will be off in no time.
Make sure you wait for the wall to dry before your start painting.
4.Repair Any Damaged Surfaces
Sometimes when you pull wallpaper off the wall you'll leave loose ends all over the wall, if this happens you need to cut them off.
Next you should put filler in any holes or dents in the wall. If you previously had pictures hung you will need to fill them holes where the screws were.
If there are larger holes, repair those properly with the correct filler and tape. Speak with your local decorator to find out the best way to repair your walls before you start painting and decorating. especially if large repairs are needed.
If you need a professional to come in and do the job for you gold standard decorators will be happy to give you a quote, we are based in enfield north London.
For paint that is peeling off walls you will want to scrape and sand before you put any paint on walls. Painting over paint that’s chipping or flakey is just going to be a disaster and a total waste of your time, as it will need to be re-decorated soon after completion.
5.Washing The Walls
It is generally very easy for dust and other debris to gather on your walls after some time.
This is particularly obvious if you have just sanded the wall down.
While the sanding is useful for getting your walls very smooth, it will cause a significant amount of dust.
So you have to make sure the wall you are about to paint is clean. Nothing is worse than lumps in your finished paint work because the wall wasn't cleaned properly.
We advise that you clean your walls with a wet cloth before you put any paint on the walls.
For exterior painting work use some sort of pressure washer to prepare the exterior walls you are going to be painting so you are absolutely certain you have removed all dirt off the surface that is about to be painted.
Once you've cleaned your walls your ready for the next step.
Before you paint you usually need to prime your walls.
Primer is a type of paint which you use before your final coat of paint.
This paint or undercoat assists the paint with successfully sticking to the surface.
It additionally helps with covering the old paint so when you go to apply the new coat, the old paint colour doesn't bleed through.
This isn’t always a necessary step, but for walls that haven’t been painted before, or if you are going from a dark colour to a light colour the wall will accept the paint better if they have been primed first. Also known as a mist coat.
You will need less coats of paint to get your desired colour and coverage.
Making sure that you have properly prepared your walls to begin painting them is absolutely crucial. Once you have covered, masked, repaired, cleaned, and primed all your walls and surfaces you will thank yourself later that you took that time to do that extra work.
The quality of the finish will be miles better and in the long run it will last longer if done the correct way we just mentioned.
And thats it, hope that helps :).
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