House Painting Tips : Preparation

  • 15 Aug, 2013
  • Peter Atmore

When I was younger, my father always used to hail preparation as the key to successful painting, however due to my youthfulness, I could see no point in taking my time. I was so eager to transform the look of my room that, brush in hand, I skipped vital steps that would have ensured a long lasting, high quality paint job. It was not long before the paint began to peel and blister, leaving my room looking shabbier than before.

Below are 5 useful tips inspired by the lessons I learnt from my father.

Use Dropsheets

Always use drop sheets!!! Laying them down may be a hassle, but paint  on your new carpet or floor is a true inconvenience. Depending on the scale of your project, black plastic sheeting works wonders, and can be purchased at most hardware stores around Cape Town. For the man or woman on a budget, refuge bags will reduce costs and are easy to move around as you paint.

Scrape Away Paint Peels and Blisters

If it’s been a long time since your home has received a fresh dash of paint, the walls are peeling, or bubble like blisters have formed, then you need to scrape the old paint away. Use a Paint scraper, making sure to remove any old paint that shows weakness. This procedure is more often required on exterior walls as they are exposed to harsh elements. One often finds flaking paint and blisters on walls closer to the ground where it is most prone to being damp.

Wash Walls with Sugar Soap

Once the old, troublesome paint has been removed, the next step is to wash the walls. Exterior and interior walls collect dust and dirt, which can cause frosting, peeling and a host of other problems for a new coat of paint; it is therefore imperative that the walls are adequately cleaned before the actual painting begins. Atmore Painters recommends the use of Sugar soap to wash the old surface. Sugar soap is a poly cell liquid that is gentle but powerful, assisting with the removal of dirt, dust and grime and is  also economical and biodegradable.

Remove Damp and Resolve Waterproofing Issues

If there are signs of damp on your walls we strongly advise that you remedy the problem as soon as possible. For a permanent fix, the source of the damp must be found. Refer to your local hardware/paint shop for products to fix minor damp problems, however you must understand that waterproofing is a specialist job. Please feel free to contact us for assistance.

Stir Paint Well

By now, the stage is set and you’re ready almost ready to paint! Before application, always remember to stir your paint thoroughly. Depending on the size of the tin, shake well and then use a clean stick to stir for at least 5 minutes.

Only now are you ready!

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Great post! It's so tempting to skip the preparation step.

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