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Proper Prep Promises Perfect Painting 

At Killarney Vale Paints, we understand how important it is to prepare your interior rooms and exterior spaces before you start any painting work. Preparing the surfaces to paint your home will make or break your paint job. Paint preparation will save you time and money in the long run and avoid the need to re-paint the areas you have just finished working on.

Top tips 

  • Wash your walls with sugar soap. It does not leave a residue like ordinary detergent.

  • To check if the paint on your walls or architraves is water or oil based, rub the surface with methylated spirits on a rag. If the paint comes off, it is water based. If not, it is oil based

  • If you suspect your house has been painted with lead based paint - use a test kit to check.  You need to protect yourself and your family from dust from lead based paint when sanding. 

We have some helpful steps below to ensure your interiors and exteriors are prepared properly and all your paint preparation is covered, leaving only one thing left to do - PAINT!

(1) Clear the space

So you have plenty of room for ladders and good access to walls, make sure the space you are working on is cleared. Remove as many light fittings, door furniture and accessories as possible. When painting outside, trim plants to avoid them brushing against your new paintwork and to give you easy access to paint.

(2) Clean

Start by cleaning away any cobwebs and dust with a broom or soft brush, paying particular attention to skirting boards, window sills and similar areas. Scrape away any flaking or loose paint. Wash down the surfaces to be painted to make sure they are free from grease, mould and general grime, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. Paint will not stick to grease and grime as well as it should, and mould left behind will grow through your new paint.

(3) Protect your floor

We recommend putting drop sheets or plastic covering on the floor, all around the edge of the room. If you can put them all across your floor, that’s even better. You really don’t want to ruin your carpets or vinyl floor finishes with paint.

(4) Fill surfaces 

To ensure a nice smooth surface ready for paint, fill in holes, dings and dents, and sand all surfaces. Note that paint will not fill holes and cracks and they will still be noticeable if you don’t attend to them first.

(5) Mask up

If there are any areas that you do not want to be painted, like light switches, and if you don’t have a steady hand and superb technique, cheat by using masking tape to give you perfect lines around trims. Make sure you use proper painting tape which can be easily removed without leaving behind residue. There are tapes available for 4, 7 and 14-day periods and be careful to remove the tape within the timeframe specified.

(6) Dry your surfaces

Make sure all surfaces are completely dry before you start painting, otherwise damp will cause your paint to bubble as the moisture escapes from the surface.

(7) Priming 

Some paints have primer in them, so you can avoid this step if you chose primer paint products. Also, if your walls are currently painted in low gloss or water-based paint, a primer is not necessary. If not, and you are painting over existing oil paint or gloss paint walls, you need to cover with a layer of primer before painting can start. Remember to always prime over any areas you’ve just filled, or else these will show a different finish on your wall. 

Also, note that any existing stains like water, tannin or smoke will need to be covered with a stain cover product to ensure the stain does not bleed through your new paintwork. Make sure the problem causing the stain is fixed first.