How to Get Your Walls Ready for Painting
Before you start painting, it is important to properly prep the walls. Follow these easy steps to get your walls ready for painting. Be sure to talk to our knowledgeable staff at The Brilliant Brush Edmonton who can make sure you have all the supplies for prepping your walls to paint. We also can share tips and tricks to make painting easy.
Step 1: Clean Walls Before Painting
Make sure you start every paint project with clean walls. Some walls are dirtier than others such as kitchen walls that are exposed to oil and grime. It is important to pay particular attention to properly wiping them down. We recommend using warm water with grease cutting detergent such as dish soap or laundry detergent. Follow up with clean water to ensure the detergent is completely removed. Make sure you let everything dry thoroughly.
Step 2: Check for Mould and Mildew
Check for mould and mildew on your walls. If you paint over mildew, it will grow through the new paint. To remove it, wear gloves and goggles and prepare a solution that is three-to-four parts of water to one part bleach. Use a sponge and apply it to the mildew areas. Let the solution sit on the area for a few minutes and scrub it with a soft brush. Rinse with clean water.
Step 3: Fill Holes
You will need to fill holes in your wall that may be left behind from nails, screws or dents from furniture. Use spackling, a putty-like compound, that you can buy here at The Brilliant Brush. Put a little bit on a putty knife and apply to the holes. Let dry completely and proceed to step four.
Step 4: Sanding
The areas that you’ve filled with spackling and other rough spots on the walls need to be sanded before they are painted. Walls that were previously painted with gloss or high-gloss paint will need to be sanded to create a smooth surface for the new paint to go on. Use sandpaper or a sanding block to sand your walls. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth and let dry thoroughly.
Step 5: Priming
Primer creates a smooth surface for your paint to lock into. It hides imperfections and creates a uniform finish on all types of surfaces. Use primer to get the most out of your paint, especially if your walls are porous have surface stains or projects with a significant colour change. The Brilliant Brush carries an extensive line of Benjamin Moore Primers for all types of projects.