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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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From the estimate to final walk through, every aspect was done in a friendly and professional manner. Could not be more pleased with the final product, a beautifully stained bow and kitchen window. Jose' and his helper did an excellent job and went above and beyond to make sure we were completely satisfied with the work. Second time using Spectrum and I highly recommend them.
Jeff G. | Aug/30/2016
I have used Spectrum Painting time and time again over the years. They were fantastic in 2013 in a very tight time window, painting the entire interior of our home before we moved in right near the holidays. Each of the painters were expert, efficient and hardworking and perhaps most importantly trustworthy. I have always felt safe with Spectrum's staff. Then we used Rich and his company in 2015 for our exterior and deck. For that job it was Jose and his crew that did a phenomenal job preparing the siding and trim and then painting thoroughly. Many know that it's the preparation for paint that creates a lasting quality finish. Additionally, as others have mentioned, the painters are very capable but importantly always clean up after their day. Sometimes the floor is cleaner than when they started! Lastly I just called for a few touch ups and Oldemar, who's painted here on many occasions, was dispatched. He completed a tremendous amount in his two days here...working diligently to get my long list completed in a timely manner. Again he is an exemplary example of Rich's best...he managed some light carpentry and prepared each surface will great skill. And now my walls, trim and doors look like brand new again! For the best result you need to go with a tried and true check out Spectrum Painting.
Kristen A. | Aug/30/2016
Very professional, courteous, communicated well, quality work. Rafael and his team worked exceptionally hard and did a great job in two days!
Al S. | Oct/27/2016
Excellent work! Trustworthy, friendly workers. Pool deck looks like new. No one else could do the job!
Elaine K. | Jun/29/2016
Very courteous and respectful of our concerns and property. They were friendly and meticulous about their work.
Maria B. | Jul/19/2016
The Spectrum Team always delivers perfection. Reliable, professional, and responsive. Our #1 service provider. We have counted on them for 10 years. We have them come often to paint, spackle, do hangings, mend trim, fix siding, seal shower, refresh grout. Love the "Painter for a Day." They are the BEST around. Thank you!
Walter M. | Sep/6/2016
I am a return customer and chose to go with Spectrum again because of the previous experience and appreciated their attention to detail, neat and very responsive.
Lois M. | Jun/30/2016
Everything we talked about was done- no problems at all. Can't improve perfection!
Jay S. | Jun/30/2016
The best crew! Very respectful to the project, people and property. Professional work attire, responsive crew leader. Handled the job like it was his own house!
Al C. | Jun/29/2016