“Set aside half a day to complete all your prep, so you can work quickly and efficiently when it comes to painting. You’ll save yourself time, effort and maybe even money when you get the job done right the first time.”
A clear and tidy space makes decorating significantly less stressful, as you don’t have to worry about things getting in the way or being damaged during the process.
- Remove accessories and furniture and take down curtains and blinds.
- Loosen or tape around electrical cover plates on switches and outlets.
- Unscrew or tape over any window and door hardware, such as locks, handles and knobs.
- Place a plastic dust sheet on the floor and any remaining furniture that needs protection.
Before you open any tins of paint, it’s important to make sure all your surfaces are clean and smooth. Want to know how to clean walls before painting? Follow our handy steps below.
- Cleaning walls before painting is an essential step in the process. Use a soft, damp sponge to wipe away dirt or dust from the surfaces. Wash the walls thoroughly with sugar soap and rinse them with clean water to remove any residue. Then give them a good check over for cracks or holes before painting.
- Preparing cracked walls for painting can be tricky. If there are any gaps or cracks in your walls, ceiling or woodwork, fill them using a filling knife and the correct filler for the surface from the Polyfilla range.
- Use a scraper to apply the filler. For any holes that are more than 10mm-deep, build up the filler in layers. Allow to dry for one to two hours, sand until smooth, and give the wall a final once-over with a duster.
- If you’re wondering, ‘do you need to sand walls before painting?’, the answer is yes. This ensures your fresh, new paint will adhere to the surface properly. Using sandpaper and a block, gently sand down any places you’ve filled and any woodwork you’ll be painting, like skirting or door frames.
- Lastly, wipe down surfaces to remove any dust and to avoid dirt sticking to your freshly painted areas.
- Run masking tape along your skirting boards to keep them paint-free. You can also mask around sockets and switches, as well as any edges where you want to achieve a crisp, straight line. Once that’s done, you’re ready for painting.
If you’re painting a new surface that hasn’t been painted before, use Dulux Primer & Undercoat Multi-Surface – suitable for interior walls, wood, metal and masonry. It ensures the adhesion of paint to surfaces, meaning better protection and fewer coats, so you spend less time painting and your surface enjoys longer-lasting results.