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Painters CT 07-05-2012 12:40 PM

How to Prepare for an Interior Paint Job
 
The results of properly painting a home are incredibly rewarding. When done correctly, a quality paint job can be transformative - from drab and dreary to polished and chic. A well-planned and perfectly executed painting project enhances a home’s value, is aesthetically appealing, and will protect a home from future wear and tear.

Follow these steps to prepare your home like a painting professional!

Begin by photographing the room! This allows you to put back everything in its proper place upon completion of your painting project. You may laugh, but believe it or not, people often forget where items and furniture were originally placed. This saves a lot of headaches at the end.

Then cover and protect items that can't be easily moved. This insures that your property is cared for throughout the entire painting process.

Painting can be messy. Although paints (even water soluble latex paints) are relatively easy to clean up, once dried, paint allows for no errors. Everything must be protected from potential spillage so spills and spatters can be harmlessly thrown out with the waste at the end of the job.

First, the protection of furniture and décor needs to be addressed. Smaller items such as books, pictures, artwork, and memorabilia are removed from the room for safe keeping. Medium items are consolidated with heavy immovable items, and everything is covered with fresh plastic and clean canvas drop cloths. Electronics and audio-visual equipment are carefully covered with clear plastic and sealed with tape. Repeat the covering and taping process to insure that these delicate items will remain protected throughout the painting process.

Floor protection is next. Hardwood and carpeted floors alike are covered with plastic and spill-proof drop cloths. Borders along baseboards and radiators are sealed with tape to protect all surfaces and exposures. Ducts are covered and masked so dust and odors are contained.

Electrical plates and hardware are removed where possible or alternatively covered with removable tape. Everything that is removed is carefully labeled so we know where to put them back. Attach screws, nuts, bolts, and any hardware back in their holes, or tape them in place so nothing gets lost. Window treatments should be removed where possible and always be kept covered and protected.

Painting professionals make absolutely certain every square inch of our customer’s home is protected. Then and only then do they begin painting. If you want your paint job to look professional, follow these steps. Good luck.

garethcooper9 07-17-2012 06:10 AM

Great post. Sometimes people think they will be careful and not make a mess but they are always wrong. I know that from experience. I have spent hours cleaning up paint stains. You should always protect and cover as much as possible. Taking photos before starting is new to me though. Might be useful next time I decorate.

chrisn 07-17-2012 04:09 PM

I would be very leery about putting drops on top of plastic:eek:

roofingquotes 06-09-2013 09:04 AM

Thanks for sharing this preps for interior painting. I would take these in mind for my next home re paint.

eliciasam1 06-18-2013 08:35 AM

Thanks for the Great thread!

ptlandscape 07-07-2013 08:44 PM

Thank you that I found your thread.I really am working on searching for tips on interior painting and I have tight budget so, your thread really helps me in deciding.

MissKat 07-07-2013 11:29 PM

I like to paint the inside of the switch plate too. This way if I have to get it matched for some reason, I have a big, easily transportable sample to take in. Be sure to note the sheen.

MissKat 07-07-2013 11:49 PM

Sorry, just realized I'm repeating myself in another thread. I'll go drink a beer in penance.

alexjoe 07-09-2013 08:58 AM

Very informative and I will follow these steps.

mbender2004 03-23-2014 11:15 AM

I'm awful at painting, i think this should help me. Appreciate it.

jeffnc 04-11-2014 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Painters CT (Post 958550)
Begin by photographing the room! This allows you to put back everything in its proper place upon completion of your painting project.

Such a good idea, and so easy now with cell phones. Actually this is such a good idea for any project, especially ones involving customers. Not only can it be used to show the current customers, or potential future customers, the nice before/after, but it can also help you avoid disputes about how things were (especially photograph any existing problems.)


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Originally Posted by Painters CT (Post 958550)
Electrical plates and hardware are removed where possible or alternatively covered with removable tape. Everything that is removed is carefully labeled so we know where to put them back. Attach screws, nuts, bolts, and any hardware back in their holes, or tape them in place so nothing gets lost.

I always put this stuff in Ziploc bags, but for some reason it never occurred to me to leave the screws in the holes, which is the best idea. This was suggested to me by a $10/hr worker once!

jeffnc 04-11-2014 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by MissKat (Post 1213088)
I like to paint the inside of the switch plate too. This way if I have to get it matched for some reason, I have a big, easily transportable sample to take in. Be sure to note the sheen.

This is such a great idea. If it were industry standard, we'd be in business. Unfortunately, no one leaves this behind for me, and if I leave it, no one would know to look in the future.

elbowgreece 04-11-2014 02:58 PM

Great information. Always amazing how many people try to go without drop cloths.

garykerr 04-30-2014 10:54 AM

A well-planned and perfectly executed painting project enhances a home's value, is aesthetically appealing, and will protect a home from future wear and tear. Painting professionals make absolutely certain every square inch of our customer's home is protected. Then and only then we are ready to begin our painting work!


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