How to Prepare Your Surfaces for Interior Painting

A paint job is an excellent way to exercise your creativity and skills. No one is perfect, but when you regularly paint surfaces, your level of experience and familiarity with surfaces grows tremendously. Doubts aside, there is nothing that beats a great paint job, particularly the one you do yourself. Remember, DIY approach in painting can save you a lot of money and at the same time put you in the front seat as you paint your spaces just the way you would like them to be.

Success in interior painting requires that you have the right materials and proper tools to get the job done. However, before you start, there are instructions on how to prepare your surface so that the paint can stick well and give you a good end product.

Remove Mold

Irrespective of the season you are in, mold is an eyesore and must be scrubbed off with bleach solution if present. Let the solution remain on your surfaces for about 15 minutes and then wash it away with water. Any stains or residue that remains should be spot treated.

Clean Previously Painted Surfaces

The condition of the previous coating if any will determine to a greater extent the preparation approach required. If the surface in question is in good condition and intact, you can just paint with a little preparation. Matt or low sheen surfaces that are still in good condition can just be cleaned to remove grease, grime or dirt and then painted over. If the surface you are dealing with is timber, just rough it up enough so that the coat of paint will be able to adhere onto the surface.

Remove Wallpaper

Any wallpaper on the surface to be painted must be removed. There are proprietary remover solutions you can go for or use a steaming machine for the job. If your wallpaper is a vinyl covering, you can easily peel it off by hand when it is dry. When you remove the wallpaper, chances are it will leave a backing paper residue. This should not worry you because you can soften those residues by sponging with warm water and then scrubbing them off.

Dealing with Water Stains

Some DIY painters quickly cover water stains when they spot them. However, the best approach is to first identify where it came from because it could be a leak. Once you have contained the stain, you can do an adhesion test just to check the integrity of the paint. If the paint is okay, you can proceed to clean the surface and apply a sealer and undercoat and thereafter a top coat.

Filling and Patching

The scratches, holes and cracks on walls tell a story. Before applying a fresh coat of paint, you will first have to fill them in. Start by cleaning the areas to be filled and then use the appropriate fillers depending on the surface.

To add onto the above, some other preparations include dusting and wiping bear plasterboards, sanding new timber surfaces, and covering bright and dark colors using tinted undercoats. Ensure you always work on clean surfaces.