Whether you’re doing a residential painting project all by yourself or you are a certified painter by trade, having the time needed to prepare your room for painting is very important. While it might seem like a little bit of an effort, taking the spare time to prepare your room for painting will lead to a beautiful and smooth accomplishment you can really be proud of. Keep in mind that for both residential and commercial painting projects, safety is very crucial.

It is a great idea to use plastic safety glasses in order to protect your eyes against paint splatter as well as old clothes. In addition to that, it is also very essential to make sure that your room has good airflow. When the paint fumes are strong, it is highly advised that you wear a face mask or latex paint respirator. The following are some of the few tips and steps to prepare your room for a painting job with the help of a reputable painting company:

Basic Equipment and Tools Required to Prepare Your Room for a Painting Project

  • Vacuum
  • Floor duster
  • Sponges, rags or towels
  • Drop cloth
  • Ladder
  • Safety glasses
  • Putty knife
  • Primer
  • Bucket
  • Sandpaper or sanding sponge
  • Spackling compound
  • Painter’s tape
  • Brushes
  • Steps

If possible, remove all your furniture from your room. If it is not possible, ensure any remaining furniture is protected and covered with drop cloths.

Tips to Prepare Your Room for Painting

1. Drop cloths are made of several different materials. Plastic drop cloths are less expensive and durable however, less absorbent. Canvas drop cloths, on the other hand, are the most absorbent and durable of all. As a matter of fact, it can be used in multiple occasions. Remove all things from your walls including plug outlet and light switch covers, ceiling blade fans, light fixtures and a lot more. Cover the floor with a large drop cloth to protect it from paint splatters.

2. It can be very tempting to paint around lights and switch plates however, small spills and drips are very much unavoidable and ignoring them will just make your work more time-consuming and difficult in the long run. Take your time to get rid of them one by one, and you will be thankful after you have done it all. Furthermore, get rid of the protruding nails and examine your walls for dents, holes and cracks.

Use a drywall joint or spackling compound as well as a putty knife to fix any cracks or holes. Allow it to totally dry prior to sanding. Give all your walls a light sanding in order to ensure an even and smooth surface. This can actually be performed with the use of an electric sander or a sanding sponge. Then, wash your walls. It can be performed by simply using the damp sponge, towel, or wash cloth.

3. Prepare a cleaning solution of trisodium phosphate and water for a much better clean. Allow the walls to completely dry prior to removing any excess dust or dirt using the tack cloth, vacuum or floor duster.