||07-05-2012 01:40 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.