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Smart Preparations To Complete Before Painting

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 220

Painting a room swiftly and efficiently with minimal cleanup starts with properly preparing the room before opening the initial can of paint.

Appropriately preparing a room for painting begins by removing all the furniture from the room. Getting rid of all the furniture from the room may not always be possible, especially if you live in a small apartment where all the rooms are already tight for space. If you cannot remove the furniture from the room, move as much of it as possible to the center of the room and shield it with protective plastic sheets.

Following removing all the furniture from the room, remove pictures, paintings, shelves, and other wall mounted items. Take down all the curtains and drapes at this time. You should also remove all walls and ceiling hardware right now-light switch covers, receptacle outlet covers, as well as wall sconce and ceiling light fixtures; that includes the room ceiling fan. Just before lowering light fixtures or fans, turn off the circuit breaker controlling their circuits to protect you from electric shock. Secure the lowered ceiling fan or light fixtures to the ceiling boxes with steel picture hanging wire to support their weight, taking the strain off of the electrical wires connecting them. Once you have lowered the fixtures and reinforced their weight with picture hanging wire, cover the fixtures with plastic to protect them from particles of paint.

Cover over the receptacle outlets and switches with Painter's Tape. Remove telephone jacks and TV Cable outlet covers as well. Shield all the device box openings. protection the ceiling lighting and fan outlet boxes, too. Remove all screws and nails from the walls, being careful to not cause more damage to the walls in the process. Put a piece of plywood between the hammer and the wall when removing nails to keep from damaging the wall's top-layer.

Once you have removed all the screws and nails, fill the holes with a spackling compound. Apply several coats of spackling compound to holes and other imperfections, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next coat. After the spackling stops shrinking below the surface, sand the final coat smooth and even with the wall's surface using a fine grit-a 150 or 200 grit-sandpaper. Make sure you cover all air vents before beginning the sanding process to keep the fine dust out of the duct work. Finally, clean the walls and ceilings with a cleaning compound approved for the purpose. Now, when the walls and ceiling have thoroughly dried, you are ready to start painting.

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