how to prep a house for painting

3 Steps to Prepare Your House for Interior Painting

If you’re considering having your house repainted, you must learn how to prep your house for painting.

Whether you’re painting your home’s interior or exterior, you should invest in high-quality painting services in Tucson by Nelson J. Greer Painting Contractors. Our clients often ask how to prep a house for painting, so we put together this guide to help you start your painting project off right.

4 Steps to Prepare Your House for Exterior Painting

1. Wash the Home’s Exterior

If you’ve hired a painter to paint the exterior of your house, you’ll need to remove the dirt and grit so that the paint sticks better. You can rent a pressure washer for less than $100 to wash the dirt from the siding to ensure a long-lasting paint job.

2. Scrape Off Loose Paint

For the best results, you should scrape off the loose paint that has flaked or fallen off of problem areas. You’ll also want to scrape old paint that is cracking, peeling, or blistering to provide a clean, flat canvas for the new paint. The easiest way to scrape paint off is by using a wire brush or a manual paint scraper.

3. Sand Repaired Areas

For a flawless finish, you can use an orbit sander to sand down major imperfections that may show throughout the new paint job. If there are large areas where the paint is chipping or blistering, you can sand down the siding instead of scraping off the paint. Make sure to wear a dust mask to protect yourself from inhaling paint.

4. Apply Painter’s Tape to Doors and Windows

Apply painter’s tape around the perimeter of doors, windows, and outlets to mask off any areas that you don’t want to paint.

3 Steps to Prepare Your House for Interior Painting

1. Protect Your Furniture and Floors

Drips and splatters are inevitable. You can use plastic coverings to protect your furniture, appliances, bare wood, and other home objects from getting damaged by paint. Of course, you can have the painting crew take care of this tedious task, but it will increase the job’s overall cost.

2. Clean the Walls

Most paint manufacturers recommend cleaning your walls before applying a coat of paint. Use a sponge and warm water to clean the walls thoroughly. You should also use a grease-cutting solution to thoroughly clean walls constantly exposed to oil and grime, such as the kitchen walls.

3. Move Appliances and Electronics

Find a safe place to store electronics such as your television, cooking appliances, and gaming system. Push bulky furniture to the center of the room to make space by the walls, and move any smaller furniture or appliance out of the room.  

Call Nelson J. Greer Painting Contractors for Painting in Tucson

Now that you know how to prep a house for painting, it’s time to pick out the perfect paint color for your home. There are many trending painting colors, and choosing one can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

At Nelson J. Greer Painting Contractors, our licensed and insured painters have years of experience helping homeowners select the best color for interior and exterior paint jobs. Contact us today at 520-325-5800.

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