When moving into a newly purchased or rented house, or business premise, painting the walls is often necessary to increase the aesthetic appeal of the room as well as to personalize it to your specific needs. Most vacant premises usually come with walls that have been painted with neutral colors. Therefore, painting must be done before the new tenants or owners move in. The following tips are from Kamloops painters at Kampc.ca to help the average home owner or renter.
1. Preparing the Room
If you want to paint the walls in your living room, it is important that you clear the area. Take every piece of furniture, electronic equipment and carpet to the garage, or outside the house. Anything that is difficult to carry should be moved to the center of the room and covered with tarp, polythene or any other type of cover that may be available. Once you are done with the floor, you must also remove all forms of decoration from the walls. This includes paintings, pictures, art pieces, lighting fixtures, indoor climbing plants and curtains among others.
New paint should never be applied onto dirty surfaces. For this reason, surface cleaning should always be done. Before painting kitchen and bathroom walls, be sure to wash them using a solution of cleaning detergent, such as liquid sugar soap. This will get rid of mold, dirt, smoke stains and grease. Dust from other walls can be removed using a vacuum cleaner or towel. Cobwebs should also be removed from all the surfaces. The old paint should be inspected to ensure that it is not peeled, flaked or cracked. If it is compromised, you will have to remove it. A paint scrapper or wire brush can be used to get rid of flaked or cracked paint. Application of the new paint should not be done unless the debris from the oil paint has been removed from the room.
3. Surface Preparation
The surface to be painted must be smooth and without any holes or cracks. Nail holes and cracks on the walls should be covered with interior filler before painting. Give the filler up to five minutes to dry before smoothing the surface with sand paper. To ensure that the floor of the room does not get stained, be sure to cover the edges with a disposable roll of paper. Alternatively, you can use old newspapers.
To obtain a professional finish, you must prime the surfaces that you want to paint. If the walls are already covered with a water-based paint, there is no need of priming as you can paint over it. However, you must prime any surface that is covered with an oil-based paint.
Once you have applied the primer, you will be ready to commence your painting project. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles when doing the cleaning, filling, priming and painting. And if you need help call a professional Kamloops residential painting service company or call directly to Kampc painters.