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Painting Preparation Tips

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Before embarking on any paint job, a room must be properly prepared. While preparation is one of the most time-consuming parts, it’s the most critical in achieving a professional-looking and long-lasting paint job.

Step 1

For sharper paint lines and to avoid seepage, be sure to apply extra pressure along the edges of tape just before painting. 

Step 2

Take off all plates around light switches, electrical outlets and remove all articles from the wall. 

Step 3

Patch and repair any holes or imperfections in the wall by filling with spackling compound and sanding down to a smooth finish. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough surfaces on the wall that may have resulted from wallpaper paste and/or old paint jobs.

Step 4

Starting at the top of the wall and moving downward to the floor, wash down all of the walls in the room with a soapy rag. Make sure the walls are dry before painting.

Step 5

Use painter’s tape to mask off the trim and baseboards. Press firmly along the tape’s edge to make sure the tape is secure.

Step 6

Apply a primer, and you have successfully turned the room into your faux painting canvas. 

Step 7

Always make sure the surface that you wish to tape is clean and dry. It is a good idea to clean every surface in advance using ordinary soap and water.

Step 8

Always test the performance of the painter’s tape in an inconspicuous place to see how well it works before masking the whole area.

Step 9

Remove all of the furniture from the room. Push anything that cannot be moved into the center, away from the walls. Cover the remaining items with drop cloths.

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