7 Expert Tips on How to Properly Prep Your Home for Painting

Painting your home can give it a fresh look and protect it from the elements. However, if you skip proper preparation, your painting job will not last as long as you hope.

Proper preparation is the key to longevity when painting your home.

Here are 7 expert tips from Schuster’s Painting on adequately preparing your home for painting.

Clean and Prep Your Surfaces

Cleaning and prepping the surface is often overlooked but is crucial as it will ensure the paint adheres well. Clean surfaces with a power washer or scrub them with soapy water to remove dirt, grime, and dust. Scrape and sand irregular surfaces to ensure an even base.

Remove Old Paint and Repair Damaged Surfaces

If your paint is peeling, fading, or bubbling, it’s best to remove it before applying a new coat of paint. Use a scraper or heat gun to remove any old paint.

Repairing damage to your surfaces, such as cracks or holes in the wall or ceiling, will improve your home’s overall look and value.

Tape and Cover

Cover any furniture or flooring that you don’t want to get paint on with drop cloths or plastic sheets. Cover fixtures like doorknobs, hinges, and frames with painter’s tape. That way, they won’t be permanently stained or ruined if you get paint on them.

Prime the Surface

Priming is important in ensuring the paint adheres well to the surface. Take the time to apply primer to your surfaces before you start painting. Ensure ample time for the primer to dry before you use the paint completely.

Invest in Quality Paint

Invest in quality paint from a trusted brand, even though it may be slightly more expensive than budget options. The higher-quality paint will give you better coverage and a much longer lifespan, saving you time and money in the long run.

Also, consider the colours that best suit your home and its surroundings so you don’t regret your colour choices.

Use Quality Brushes and Rollers

Purchasing good-quality brushes and rollers for painting your home will make a difference in your results. Low-quality brushes can leave streaks, compromising the look of your painting job.

Plan Timing for Painting

Plan your painting job, considering the time of year, weather conditions, and schedules. Ideally, you want your painting job done when the weather is mild and dry, and you can dedicate at least 2-3 days for the prep work, priming, and painting.

Properly preparing your home for painting is essential for creating a beautiful and long-lasting paint job. Schuster’s Painting is here, ready to help you with any painting project in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

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