Preparing a Room for Painting
To save time and aggravation, you have to prepare properly. As a post in BRS Custom Painting says, Starting a project on the right foot means you will have a better shot at getting the job done right.
Therefore, when you have a room to paint, here’s how to prepare it before painting.
1. Inspect the Space
Before you do anything else in the room, walk through it with your customer, spouse or family members.
Check out any areas that have paint on them where it doesn’t belong, such as furniture, lamps, carpets, wooden floor and knick knacks.
It is best to take pictures of paint where it doesn’t belong, or even a video recording of the room to be painted.
This process should be repeated after the furniture has been moved so as to take pictures of paint where it doesn’t belong that was behind the furniture before it was moved.
This is especially important if you are painting for someone else if you don’t want to be blamed for any spatters you didn’t create.
2. Move the Furniture
Take out as many furniture as can be taken out of the room. Some small pieces such as light weight chair or dining room chairs can be moved by one person.
Most furniture will require two people to move them. Take out all books, magazines and newspapers.
3. Turn off the Power
Before you start painting, turn off all the circuit breakers to the room. Check to see if there are more than one circuit breaker for all the outlets.
Also, check to see if you turned off the electricity to the outlets with a circuit tester.
Because you’ll probably be using latex paint, and latex paint is a great conductor of electricity, it is safer to turn off the electricity to the outlets.
4. Remove the Switch Plates
After turning off the electricity, remove all of the outlet covers and switch plates.
Put everything, including the outlet screws in a Dixie cup or glass. If you are painting doors and windows, take off the hardware.
Remove doorknobs and window locks because it is almost impossible to paint around them.
5. Dust the Walls
DON’T scrub the wall with soap and water as it is usually instructed in painting articles.
It is a total waste of time and will cause problems. Just wipe off any dust and cobwebs with a dry cloth.
Washing will cause streaking and also leave behind lint from the cloths used to wash.