Ready, Set, Paint! Preparation for Painting

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You've bought all of the supplies to paint but have you prepared
the walls? Did you know you should? Well, here's a few small
tips that will make painting easier and your finished product look
like it was painted by a pro.
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The first step is to move all of the furniture away from the
walls and protect the floor. This will not only protect your
furniture, but make it a lot easier to get at the walls and
corners without having to crawl over your love seat. Lay
the drop cloth (plastic), making sure you tape it to
the edge of the wall
to prevent any paint from
getting on the floor. We recommend that you use blue tape so
that it will come up easy and not leave a residue behind.


This step may seem trivial, but it is essential to the finish
product looking professional. So, now it's time to fill
in those cracks and holes! This is the fun part, because
it's also the easiest. Get some light weight spackle and
a putty knife and just like your putting a shmear on your
bagel, fill the hole with the spackle and then scrape away
the excess. If there are any nails sticking out of the
wall, you can either remove them with the back end of a
hammer, or simply nail them in until they have fallen through
leaving a small hole (otherwise known as countersinking).
Spackle it and you're ready to go!


Let the spackle dry and then go over it with either
220-grit (fancy way of saying "fine") sandpaper or
the scrubbing part of a dry dish sponge to smooth out any
imperfections. But be careful of any scrub sponges with dark
color - if there is any dampness, the color can rub off on
your walls!

Latex or vinyl will work just fine. Regardless of the type you
use, make sure they fit you well.


This is the perfect time to deal with any spots of
mildew. Just to let you know, mildew is just plain
stubborn. So, if you have mildew and you skip this
step, it will show through the next coat of paint.
It might not be immediate, but just your luck,
you'll notice it right before your next big
dinner party. So, make sure you do this! Wipe down
any area showing mildew liberally with a 3-to-1
solution of water to bleach. Now, as we all know,
bleach and skin don't mix very well, so make
sure you have on a pair of functional gloves during
this part.


Rinse down the entire wall with water to guarantee you don't trap
any dust, dirt or cobwebs that will incorporate itself into the
paint. It's the kind of wall d├ęcor you just don't
need. Once you've finished, make sure to let the wall dry over


Most of us haven't ever used the next step but
it is one that the professionals use. It's
called Trisodium Phosphate or
TSP. It's usually known as a
heavy duty degreaser/cleaner, but we'll be using
it to cause the paint to adhere better. It is
important to know that if you don't thoroughly
wash it off, it will prevent the paint from
bonding. So make sure you're thorough! But
trust us, it's a great product!


Any areas that needed to be spackled or repaired in some manner
now need to be spot primed with a stain-blocking latex primer.
You may need to use the thicker oil-based primer if the stains
you are trying to cover up still show through.

This one even takes care of mildew! Prime the entire wall with
the same stain-blocking primer.


Note: if you are painting over glossy paint, once you
have filled in all of the gaps, sand all of the glossy areas with that
same 220 grit sand paper. Flat surfaces are easier to sand if you use
a sanding block whereas fluted surfaces are best prepared by brushing
them with a stiff brass wire brush. After you've finished, remove
the particulate residue with a damp cloth or a tack cloth. Then
continue on with the primer until you've covered the entire
surface area you're looking to paint.

That's it! Guess what? Once the primer is dry, you're ready
to paint like a pro!

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I been told to wash my laminate flooring with 4:1 ration of water and vinegar. 4 water, 1 vinegar. If their is any other alternate cleaning method please let me know. Thanks.