If you are planning a painting project for your home in Rowayton CT, it's important to understand the value of proper preparation.
You've probably heard that the final look and durability of a paint job is largely dependant on the amount and quality of the preparation. A layer of paint is only about the thickness of a human hair; so it won't hide defects or fix a faulty substrate.
Although it can be very time consuming, good preparation is worth every effort as it will improve the quality and longevity of the finished surface.
There are various levels of preparation as well. If you are using a professional Rowayton painter for your interior painting project, it is important to have a mutual understanding of your expectations of the finished surface to determine how "perfect" the end result must be. The higher the level of preparation, the higher the amount of labor and material costs.
Washing the surface. Although it sounds obvious, you want to be sure the surface to be painted is clean and dust-free. Paint won't stick to a greasy and dirty surface, so proper cleaning is paramount. Dust down doors with a dusting brush and make sure that no fine dust is left in the corners of the moldings. Use a tack cloth to wipe over surfaces. A tack cloth is a small sticky cloth that can be wiped over a surface to remove any remaining dust. If there is any loose paint or other surface contaminates, you can use sandpaper, scrapers, brushes or steel wool to clean the area.
Preparing Walls. Holes and cracks can be filled with one of many different compounds. Spackling compound can either be bought in powder form to be mixed with water, or as a ready to use paste. (In my college days, we used toothpaste to fill in nail holes!) In this standard level of preparation you aren't altering the surface level other than correcting obvious existing defects. Basic patching/filling of nail holes, light sanding and "feather edge" sanding are part of the wall preparation. Stains should be sealed, gaps in the trim caulked and walls scuff sanded for better adhesion of the paint. Additional preparation might include filling, patching or taping of sheetrock or drywall and properly dealing with "nail pops."
If there is extensive damage to the walls, or if that perfectly smooth surface is desired, the walls will need to be completely skim coated, which basically gives the wall a new surface. Having a professional painter do this work for you will ensure you get the result you are looking for. Keep in mind that this level of preparation comes at a price, so think about just how "perfect" your walls need to be.
At CertaPro Painters of Norwalk, serving the Fairfield County communities of Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Darien and New Canaan, we will discuss the levels of preparation with our customers to be sure we deliver on our promise and to our customers level of expectation.
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Prepping for Interior Painting in Rowayton CT 06853