Prepare Walls for Paint: Guide to Getting the Job Done


Prep Walls for Paint: Getting Started


A room can literally be transformed into a whole new look just by cleaning, paint priming, and then painting the walls. Before painting, there are certain measures that must be taken in order to insure that the paint will stick correctly and the end work is satisfactory. It is a must to prepare walls before painting. Items to buy or gather that are both necessary and helpful are: TSP, painter's tape, old newspapers, plastic drop cloth, paint roller, at least 2 rollers for the paint roller, paint roller tray, small paint brushes, paint primer, rubber gloves, goggles, mineral spirits ( oil based paint clean up - water based use soap and water), and paint.

Prep Walls for Paint: Cleaning


To prepare walls before painting, a thorough wipe down should be done. This should be done so that the paint priming will take fewer coats to cover up any stains or substances that may be present. A product such as TSP (trisodium phosphate) is a great solution to use before paint priming and to help prepare walls for paint. TSP is readily available in most hardware stores and it is recommended to follow the instructions word for word due to the fact it is such a heavy duty cleaner. Users need to wear gloves and goggles because the cleaner is very harsh and may damage skin. More information can be found on TSP by clicking: here.

Prep Walls for Paint: Taping Things Off & Protecting Items


Paint primer will splatter just like regular paint. To prepare walls for painting, use a good quality painter's tape and old newspapers to protect window sills, light fixtures, and wall trim. This step makes is easier to prepare walls for paint and to prevent unnecessary damage that paint or paint priming can do. Painter plastic drop clothes are also available for around a $2 to protect furniture from paint splatter. It is also necessary to use a screwdriver and remove wall and light electrical outlet covers and then tape over the actual outlets.

Prep Walls for Paint: Paint Priming


There are wide arrays of paint primer products available that come in either water or oil based. Oil based paint primer products are very harsh in fumes; therefore, extreme caution should be taken when working with it. The reason that that many users end up choosing oil based paint primer is because it is compatible with both oil and water based paints. As a rule, latex paints will not stick to oil based paints; however, oil based will stick over latex based. A good recommended brand for paint priming is Kiltz which comes in both water and oil based.


To prepare walls for painting, roll the paint primer on and use a small paint brush for in corners and around areas where light fixtures, window sills, and outlets are located. Follow the paint priming manufacturer's directions that will be located on the back of the can for adequate dry time before walls can be painted.

Prep Walls for Paint: Paint Time


Prepare walls for paint has been completed; now roll on paint right over the dried paint primer. Most paints today dry very quickly within a few hours. Therefore, if additional paint coats are needed then take the paint tray with the roller and put them inside a garbage bag. Twist the bag end closed and use a tie or rubber band to hold it closed. This allows a painter to not have to keep cleaning rollers and paint brushes in between coats. After the walls are dry, then repeat another coat if necessary.

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