Ready to roll that paint brush? Have you done a proper interior painting preparation? You better have if you don't want to spend a lot more time cleaning up the mess than the time to do the painting itself.
Preparation is an essential step you CAN NOT miss before doing an interior painting.
Do it right and you'll be on your way smiling after... Do the painting preparation poorly, or worse skip it, and get ready to put yourself in various frustrating works later, which by the way will also cost you more money.
"OK, so what can I do to prevent that painting failure?"
Just follow these interior painting preparation steps:
It's best to paint an empty room, so take all things (sofa, chair, table, bed, wall hangings, carpet, etc.) out of the room if possible. If it's not possible then take out as much as possible and move everything else to the center of the room.
Cover the floor or carpet and other furniture left in the room with plastic sheeting. Don't use thin plastic that can easily get ripped, use good grade plastic for better protection. Secure it with masking tapes.
Patch any nail holes, hairline cracks, dents, etc on the surface that's going to be painted.
Clean the surface thoroughly from dust, dirt, cobwebs, etc. Use soapy water and brush or sponge for the walls, and for the ceiling you can wipe it lightly with a soft cloth.
This is a very important step because paint won't stick on dirty surface, if you force it then your paint might be peeling off after it dries and you'll have to start over.
Cover other things that cannot be moved to the center of the room such as light switch, plug socket, window and door frames, etc with masking tapes. Make sure that it is fully covered and 100% safe from paint spills. Do a double layer overlapping mask just to be extra safe.
The next step is priming. If the old paint is oil-based or the old surface is a gloss one, then you should prime entirely. If the old paint is an intense-colored one, you should prime too.
Also remember to apply a primer or stain blocker if there are stains on the surface you're going to paint.
Re-check everything, are the carpet/floor, furniture, and other things safe from paint spills?
Never ever think that you don't have to cover a thing because you put it at a safe spot that won't get paint spills on, believe me, IT WILL! The safest and easiest way to avoid regrets is to cover everything!
Also make sure that all the patching and priming needed are already done.
Wait until the surface is dry.
The last interior painting preparation step is to prepare the painter, that's you! Wear comfortable clothes that you can get dirty in and cover your hair with a hat or bandana.
That's it, now you're ready to start painting! Have some Fun! :)
Finished preparing? Read other painting tips to help you get professional results.