Preparing for Interior Painting

Home Improvement

Preparing for Interior Painting

The home interior painter’s tools may take some time and investment to put together, but the end result will be worth it. You’ll need

l rubber gloves l safety glasses l fine-grit sandpaper l paint scrapers l putty knife l detergent and ammonia or tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) l sponges l primer l orbital sander l adhesive drywall tape l fan l hand sanding block l spackle

Remove everything from the walls – pictures, any sort of hangings, including their nails, and move furniture out from the walls several feet. Whatever’s left should be covered with a drop cloth. Turn off the electricity so you can remove light fixtures, switch plates and outlet plates, and wrap all disconnected light fixture wires.

Paint will adhere better to clean walls. Walls should all be washed with ammonia and detergent, or tri-sodium phosphate. Wear rubber gloves when working with these solutions. After a meticulous scrubbing, walls and ceilings should be rinsed thoroughly with water and left to dry.

Mask off all woodwork trim and cover the windows with newspaper and masking tape. You’ll need to mask the perimeter floor also. Do not remove the tape for at least 24 hours after painting.