How to Prepare for Painting

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How to Prepare for Painting

A fresh coat of indoor or outdoor paint protects surfaces, adds value to the home, and reflects personal style. Do-it-yourself painters can perform interior and exterior paint jobs easily with well-thought preparation and the organisation of supplies and tasks. Paint the interior of the home to promote healthy air quality and to give walls a refreshing look. New paint keeps dust and dirt at bay and hides permanent stains. It provides a frugal way to decorate any room or the outside of the home.


Interior painting

Interior painting preparation involves the use of supplies, such as sandpaper or a sanding pole, drywall replacement sections, masking tape, mild soap, a hammer, and nails. Painters should have the necessary supplies handy when they need them for each task.

Repair trouble spots

Make sure the surface is free from blemishes. This involves repairing popped nails, large and small drywall holes, and cracked plaster. After removing all nails, fill in small cracks and holes with wall putty and allow it to dry. Repair larger holes by securely nailing sections of drywall to the affected area.

Scrub and sand surfaces

Use sandpaper or a sanding pole to smooth out any bumps or dents from the wall surface. Scrub the finished surface with a mild soap and water solution to remove remaining debris, and allow it to dry. A clean and smooth wall makes the finished paint job look even and keeps the paint from cracking. Layers of old paint can create rough patches that affect the finished project.

Masking surfaces

Protect baseboards and doorframes. Align these areas with masking tape, and press the tape firmly against the surface. Be careful not to stretch the tape because it might retract and come loose. Leave the tape on the wall until the paint is set but not completely dry. Peeling the tape off the surface when the paint is dry can cause cracking. Drop clothes are useful to protect wood and carpeted floors from dripping paint.


Exterior painting

Exterior paint jobs require different preparation techniques than interior painting jobs do, but the goal is similar; make the surface as clean and smooth as possible before painting. Supplies the painter needs include a pressure washer, paint scraper, two-part resin filler, power sander, ladder (for reaching high areas), a spot primer, and a paintbrush.

Pressure wash the surface

Pressure washing the wall surface removes cracked paint, dirt, and other debris. Paint does not adhere well to dirty surfaces. Use a high-powered pressure washer to evenly spray the entire surface. Avoid coming in contact with windows or other delicate surfaces, because the high-pressure water can break them.

Scrape cracked paint

Scraping off old, cracked, or peeling paint helps create a smooth surface on the exterior walls. Use a sharp paint scraper to carefully scrape paint from the surface along the grain of the wood. Hammer in any loose or protruding nails. Perform this task only when the surface is dry to achieve the best results.

Fill in holes

Use a two-part resin filler for holes of all sizes. Apply the putty, and smooth it out with a flat trowel or putty knife. Allow the filler to dry according to the instructions on the package. Without proper filling, the paint may not stick, and weathering can cause it to crack prematurely, exposing holes and cracks.

Sand the ridges

Use a power sander to smooth out rough areas of wood. After sanding, sweep away the excess wood shavings with a dry brush. Shavings may stick to the paint and cause sticking problems down the road. Rough ridges can trap moisture behind the paint and cause it to crack.

Spot prime

Gently brush primer over rust stains or discoloured knotholes to avoid bleed-through spots when painting. Let the primer completely dry before applying paint. Primer is a neutral-coloured, paint-like substance that dries quickly after application.


How to buy painting supplies on eBay

You can find every painting supply you need for interior or exterior paint jobs on eBay. Use the search bar on any eBay page to begin shopping. Enter keywords, such as "house painting supplies". Filter your results by adding detailed words, such as "primer" or "power sander". Review descriptions, pictures, and shipping options on the seller's product page. Look for sellers who offer free shipping to save money. Purchasing painting supplies from sellers on eBay saves you a trip to the hardware store, and the products are conveniently delivered right to your home.

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