How to Prep Different Surfaces Before Painting

How to Prep Different Surfaces Before Painting

When it comes time to perform some interior painting, you need to know that you are prepared for the job at hand. Many homeowners think that they are prepared, but then they find out that they run into a surface that they did not expect and they do not know how to handle it. Before you panic or worry about the interior painting job that awaits you, check out the different tips and suggestions below, so that you know how to prep the surface in front of you.

  1. Wallpaper Surface

If you are faced with a wallpaper surface do NOT simply paint over top of the wallpaper. In fact, painting over the wallpaper is probably one of the biggest interior painting mistakes you can make. You need to remove the wallpaper with a special chemical and then remove all of the adhesive underneath the wallpaper that is left on the wall. Once all of the wallpaper and adhesive is removed, you can then paint the walls.

  1. Plaster Surface

If you run into a plaster surface, one of the first things you will need to do is clean the walls. Plaster needs to be dust and dirt free before you begin to paint it. If you find that the plaster is soft or it appears in swirled circles, you will need to treat these areas with a combination of vinegar and water. Once the area is dry, you can then paint over it.

  1. Painted Surface

It is likely that you will run into an already painted surface, as it is common. One of the most important things that you need to remember is that the wall needs to be flat. Therefore, you need to fill in any holes and then sand down the area to ensure all bumps and grooves are removed. Typically, you will need to use a primer and then apply either one or two coats of paint depending on the darkness of the underlying colour.

  1. Unpainted Wood Surface

If you will be painting a wood surface that has not been painted or stained before, then you need to make sure you prep the surface correctly. You need to fill in any holes or cracks in the wood and then sand them down. Once you have sanded the area down, you will then need to apply a primer and allow it to dry before you apply the paint.

  1. New Drywall Surface

If you are completing a home renovation and you have just placed new drywall in your home, you will want to make sure that it dries before you try to paint it. Once the drywall surface is dry, check for any imperfections or holes in the wall and repair them. Once done, you can begin to paint over the surface.

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