Pre- Painting Preparation
It’s officially the Christmas season and people are no doubt preparing for the holidays by “cleaning house” and doing minor renovations around the home.
One of the simplest and most common tasks people undertake around this time of year is re-painting. A fresh coat of paint is often all it takes to make your home holiday-ready. But before you grab the paintbrushes and rollers, you should take steps to ensure that the surfaces you intend to paint are in the best condition for painting. Preparing the surface will not only give you better looking results, but it will guarantee that your paint job will last much longer.
Painting on cracked, peeling, greasy or otherwise imperfect surfaces will leave you with unattractive results and will ultimately be a waste of time and money.
So, what should the surface look like before painting? Well, the best surface for painting is one that is clean, smooth, dry and free from cracks, holes and other flaws.
For surfaces that have previously been painted, applying a new coat is usually a simple process. First ensure that the surface is clean. You may need to wash of dirt buildup or grease with an appropriate cleaner. For light buildup, a simple soap and water solution may suffice. Heavier buildup of dirt and grease may require a stronger cleaning solution and a bit more effort. But it is necessary to ensure a smooth, uniform finish free from patches and splotches.
Once dirt and grease are cleaned off, make sure to rinse the surface thoroughly with water and allow it to dry before you paint.
If the surface has cracks or holes, these can be filled with a patching compound like putty. If this is used, make sure to sand the area that has been filled so that is it level with your surface.
Surfaces that have been painted multiple times may show signs of peeling. Loose paint should be removed, and the areas sanded before painting again.
Sanding previously painted surfaces should be done with protective equipment to prevent inhaling dust or potentially hazardous substances like lead that might be present.