Paint prep can be more important than painting (depending on your paint project). Prep work is not as fun as the actual painting but paint prep is a must for your paint job to turn out looking good!
Paint prep can consist of alot of things but here's the most common items for interior painting:
* Before caulking: clean off any dirt/dust buildup on any wood trim areas needing to be painted or painted around.
* Caulking: prep any painted wood trim areas,inside corners,outside corners,cracks,visible lines & imperfections,nail holes,screw holes,staple holes,around trim pieces,etc.,look at all your sheetrock wall areas & prep those areas too (same things as described above).
* Remove: electrical outlet cover plates & switch plates,save all plates & screws & put in bucket or box....wash & clean these covers,replace any broken or stained covers,re-install after all paint is dry.
* Remove from sheetrock walls: staples,tacks,scotch tape,unused plastic anchors (or patch over),finish nails,etc..
* Install masking tape around: electrical outlets & light switches,trim,baseboard,light fixture bases,etc..
* Install drop cloths or tape down plastic to floor areas.
* Clean off: ink pen marks,color crayon marks,dark smudges,dirt,food markings,grease/oil buildups,etc. (whatever you cannot remove, you will then need to install a "kilz" primer or some other primer product before applying any paint).
* Check out any spray texture imperfections & scrape off any unsightly specks (interior sheetrock walls).
* Look for any water stains: treat these areas accordingly as you do not want any water stains to "bleed" through your paint job.
* Look for cobwebbs & remove any you see.
* Do any wall areas need to be lightly sanded? Check it out then wipe down wall areas prior to applying any paint.
* Exterior painting: review the above list to see what applies.
* Exterior painting: cover bushes/landscaping items,check you local weather forecast for possible rain & wind issues.
Prep your paint areas before painting & your paint project will come out looking better than ever!
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