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How to Prepare Walls for Interior Painting

How to Prepare Walls for Interior Painting

At Spectrum Painting, we know that an excellent painting job begins with excellent surface preparation. If you are looking to paint an interior wall, here are some tips from aprofessional painting company on how to make preparations that will ensure the best results:

The first stage in interior painting is to clear the painting area. Begin by removing all furniture from the work area. Larger items of furniture may be moved to the center of the room and covered. Next, remove any pictures, mirrors, or art from the walls, along with all nails or picture hanging hardware. To guard against potential spills or drips during the painting process, cover the entire floor with a tarp or drop cloth. Also, be sure to remove all hardware (door handles etc.) as well as outlet covers and wall plates around light switches. If wall-mounted light fixtures can be taken down easily, they should be removed; otherwise cover them with painter's tape.

Once all non-painted surfaces have been removed or covered, you are ready to begin stage two: prepare the surfaces to be painted. This step is often overlooked in many interior painting jobs, but is crucial for a clean, professional look. First, for maximum paint adhesion, wash the walls with a mild mixture of TSP and water. Next, make sure the surface is completely smooth. If there are any bumps (such as old tape, dried paint drips, etc.), level them out with a putty knife or sandpaper. Any dents or holes should be repaired with spackle.

You are now ready for stage three: apply primer to necessary surfaces. Because spackle is highly porous, it often soaks in paint, leaving a patchy area on newly painted walls. This uneven look can be avoided by the application of a primer on all areas where spackle was used. If an entire wall is stained or covered with a dark colored paint, most painting contractors recommend that a coat of primer be applied to the wall to ensure that stains and old colors do not show through.

Congratulations! With surfaces clean and smooth, it's time to splash some color on your wall!

Since 1989, Spectrum Painting has been offering professional painting and wallpapering services in Wayne, New Jersey and the surrounding areas, including Paterson, Clifton, East Orange, Parsippany and Morristown. If you have more questions, or would like a free estimate, call us today at 973-706-6033.

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We recently had the exterior of our house soft washed and painted. I cannot say enough about Rich with my initial questions with the estimate to then project follow-up after completion. Spectrum was not the least expensive estimate I had but I was impressed right away with Rich circling back to me to see if I had any questions after he did the estimate. Right away I had a feeling that this company believed in customer service and customer satisfaction. So I went with my gut and I couldn’t be happier! Brian was fabulous with all the power washing and then Hector and his crew were top-notch. They were on time, friendly and helpful with questions and concerns I had and the job site was kept meticulously clean for the whole week. The sense of pride in the job was evident from each of the painters in my crew. I will never use another painting company again for my indoor or outdoor needs. Simply the best!
Rachael Morrow | Oct/19/2020
Spectrum was very professional and they did a great job with every aspect of the job. They were friendly and helpful, had ideas for future projects and worked quickly and really took care in the staining of the deck. Everyone on the team was courteous.
Michael O. | Jul/19/2016
Entire crew was very professional, friendly and helpful. Integrity of work was very high. Precision job and great attention to detail!
Lauren R. | Jun/29/2016
We used Spectrum Painting to paint our laundry room, kitchen, living room, office, powder room, sitting room, 2 story foyer and hall, 2 bedrooms, master bedroom, ceilings in kitchen, living room, and foyer, 3 car garage, shutters on 13 windows, and the front door with 2 sidelights. In addition to the walls being painted all doors, baseboards, window frames, crown molding, and other trim were included. Furthermore, we had a wallpaper border removed and crown molding added in the master bedroom. The paint job took less than a week and turned out great! We could not be happier with all of the colors we chose (with the help of Pam) and the way the it turned out. Overall, the sales team, including Rich Lauretta and John Mangiafreno, the project manager Rafael, and the design consultant Pam Steinhilber were all very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Simon R. | Aug/30/2016
From Jessica's sales professionalism that providing a detailed estimate, the office using technology to manage payments, track progress and schedule site visit and dealing with crew members Luis, Shawn, Jimmy and Victor that resulted with an excellent customer experience. I've been in the customer services business for over 40 years so I appreciate companies who strive for this type of excellence.
Pete G. | Jul/17/2020   Read review on yelp
Crew was clean and quiet. They did a beautiful job on the wallpaper.
Jennifer B. | Oct/27/2016
Appreciated promptness of appointment, knowledge of job and procedure. Crew was well prepared and helpful.
Mary M. | Aug/30/2016
Very impressed with the professionalism of Charlie. He convinced me that Spectrum was the company I had to hire for my work. I know I made the right decision.
Roselle A. | Jun/29/2016
They were knowledgable in the products and techniques needed to complete the job. They were responsive to questions and issues immediately. Products were superior. Friendly, arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. Spectrum's presence in the community, also were the only ones who could handle all our special requests.
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