How To Prepare A Wall For Paint

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

Painting Preparation

“Preparation When Painting Is Everything!!” . . . . . says my friend and fellow craftsman Mark O’Lalor of O’Lalor Painting Company.  This article will focus on how to prepare a wall for paint.

Rush the paint preparation and you’ll end up regretting it!

Remove Dirt

Oils from the human hand, ambient dust in the interior and exterior environment, oil rich cooking vapor, candle wax vapor and of course dust from construction all contribute to create a barrier between the applied paint and the surface in question.

These substances all need to be washed off to ensure proper adhesion.

Proper Painting Preparation Steps

1. Wash all surfaces
2. Repair all dent, scratches and gouges.
3. Wipe down or wash areas again, clean entire area of dust.
4. Prime surfaces
5. Caulk areas
6. Sand between coats if needed, clean off dust again.
7. Apply finish coats with between coat sanding and cleaning as needed.

Taking the time to properly prepare prior to painting will ensure a long lasting and durable end product.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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