You Have To Read This 4-Step Guide Before You Start Painting Your Walls!
Considering you’ve measured the walls and the paint you’ll use, secured a go-signal from the admin or landlord for your condo’s paint-job, and checked the weather on your paint day (or days), here are a few more steps to take before you get on with painting walls in your condo unit.
Step 1 | Prepare Yourself
Put your painting gears on:
- Wear old clothes you won’t mind getting paint splattered on
- Consider goggles
- Grab a hair tie for those who have long hair
- Get an old cap to keep your hair from getting specks of paint
- Old shoes or slippers
- A mask to keep you from dust and strong paint smell (although there are paint brands that promise fainter odor or none at all)
Step 2 | Lay Out Your Weapons
Avoid constantly going in and out of the room where you’re painting to keep the paint from staining the areas you are not painting. Put all your materials in the same room so when you need any of the tools, you can just grab and go. Prepare two sets of materials for prepping and painting.
To prep the walls, you’ll need:
- Tape or blue painter’s tape for covering hardware and outlets, and borders for clean edges
- Metal paint scraper for shaving off flaky or cracked old paint
- Filler paste and spatula for filling in cracks or minor dents on the walls
- Fine grit sand paper for evening out the surface and smoothen bumps
- Mild soap and water solution, and sponge for washing dirt, grease, and other debris off the walls
- Primer for creating a blank canvas for your new paint
To paint the walls, here are the basic tools you’ll need:
- Paint in your choice of color, finish, or texture
- Paint brush or rollers—use the former if you’re painting small areas, and use the latter to cover larger areas and for faster application. You may also use angled, flat, and small paint brushes for corners and borders. Include a painter’s pole or a ladder if your walls are tall
- Roller cover that’s suitable for the finish you’re aiming for
- Paint tray where you can pour in small portions of paint to work with. Using one will prevent the paint in the can from getting contaminated with dust and other debris, as well as drying out
- Canvas drop cloth for the floor to keep paint drips from seeping through to the floor and transferring to your shoes’ soles
Step 3 | Empty The Room
Cover and remove what you don’t want to paint, like the ceiling, trims and moldings, the floor, and your furniture pieces. While covering the items in the room seems like the easier way, getting them out of the room is the best way to keep them from getting splashes of paint, or worse, damaged.
However, if you don’t have another room to store your furniture pieces and appliances or they’re just too heavy to move far, stick to covering them. Put all of them in the middle of the room and cover or wrap them with cling wrap, plastic, or newspaper. Secure the cover with tape the floor.
Step 4 | Prep Proper
- Scrape off flaky old paint. It may be tedious, but this will give you a fresh start and will let you see the walls’ flaws better. If you find the old paint is still alright, dust and wash the wall to remove dust particles, mold, grease, and other debris. Then, check for any flaws to fix.
To check whether your walls have slight flaws, make the room completely dark, then use a trouble light or inspection lamp to detect the problem areas. Stick a tape to the areas to be fixed.
- Once you’ve figured where the cracks or holes are, fill them with a suitable filler paste.
- Sand and smooth the surface for the best possible finish.
- Prime the areas with stains that you’re not able to wash off, or the parts that have not been painted before. You may use a gray primer if you’re painting your walls with a dark color over a light one. If it’s the opposite, prime with white paint.
If your walls have more than “slight flaws,” it’s best to ask a professional to fix it for you. Throw away all the trash left or made from clearing the walls. After that, the next step would be the painting proper.