Deciding to paint your home’s interior or having it painted by a professional might seem like a simple task at first. All you need is a few buckets of paint, some rollers and a few brushes, right? Wrong. This is a recipe for disaster and one that will leave you wishing you invested more time in the prepping and priming phases of your painting project.
Slapping on a new coat of paint without any prep work is pretty much the same as spraying on cologne without showering: eventually, the masking effect is going to wear off and the situation is going to stink! Without the proper approach to prepping and priming your home’s walls and ceiling to receive a brand new layer of paint, you’re wasting your time.
Prepping for primer
Of all the stages of house painting in New London, CT, prepping the walls to receive their new paint treatment is the most important: it lays the groundwork for all of your efforts moving forward. Unless you resolve imperfections at this stage of things, you’re almost inevitably going to have to deal with them down the line.
So what does prepping your walls actually mean? For starters, it means dealing with any blemishes or abrasions that exist on the material itself. Small holes from old hanging items, studs from shelves, gouges from accidental bumps, dents from abuse, etc.—all these things need to be addressed at this phase of painting, before you even think about slapping on a layer of paint or primer.
Patch holes thoroughly, sand imperfections and touch up any areas where there’s visible damage so that you’re left with nothing but a smooth canvas to paint on. You should be able to run your hand across the wall without feeling anything more than microscopic bumps and pores from the material itself!
Prime before painting
Priming is also supremely important when you’re undertaking house painting in New London, CT because it provides a solid groundwork for your new paint system to take hold. Priming ensures that every successive layer of paint you lay down adheres strongly to the surface you’re painting—specifically atop the primer. Because of this adhesion, primer is also responsible for strengthening the durability of the paint and protecting the paint itself from future wear and tear.
Primer should be dispersed evenly and thoroughly across whatever surface you’re painting, to make sure that coats of paint down dry unevenly or leave spotting across the wall. Let primer set for between 30 minutes and an hour until it’s dry to the touch, and try to make sure humidity is at a minimum in the room, to expedite the process and achieve seamless results.
Proper prep is always the key
A paint job should never be slap-dash. Instead, make sure you’re taking the time and care to prep and prime before you start layering on paint. The results will be instantly noticeable and it’s easy for just about anyone to tell what surfaces have been properly treated versus those that simply have a layer of paint masking them.
To see what a truly beautiful paint job looks like and what benefits superior prepping and priming can have, contact Berk’s Fine Painting LLC today!