To get a great-looking finish coat and the beautiful, long-lasting results you expect, take the time to ensure that the surface to be painted is clean, dry, and smooth. Your local painting experts—P&G Painting—are here to help make sure things go smoothly. We’ve put together this easy-to-follow guide to provide you with all the necessary steps of interior house painting prep, from clearing the area and repairing imperfections to preparing special areas like cabinets or walls with high traffic.

Clearing the Area

Create a clear and safe workspace for the house painters. Start by removing all wall hangings, paintings, and décor items from the walls. These delicate items are best kept out of the painting zone to prevent any accidental damage. Next, move the furniture away from the walls. If you’re unable to relocate certain pieces, be sure to cover them with protective plastic sheets to shield them from paint splatters. 

Lastly, make sure that the workspace is free from pets and children. This ensures their safety but also allows the painting crew to work efficiently, without any distractions. Remember, a well-prepared workspace is the first step towards a successful painting project.

Cleaning the Surfaces

Dust, grime, and mold can put a barrier between your wall and the paint, which can stop the paint from sticking well and lead to potential peeling or chipping. When you dust and clean your walls properly, you ensure the paint adheres effectively and stays on longer. If you find mold or mildew spots (often found in bathrooms or other high-humidity spaces), address them right away. 

These spots can not only harm paint quality but can also pose health risks if you ignore them. A water and bleach mix can often clear away mold and mildew. And for especially dirty or greasy spots, like on kitchen walls, a light wash might be necessary. Using warm water and a mild detergent can remove stubborn grease marks, providing a clean surface for the paint— leading to a stunning, durable finish.

Repairing Imperfections

Repairing imperfections is a crucial step in achieving a flawless paint job. Often, homes — especially older ones — have nail holes, dents, or rough patches that need attention before painting begins. Starting with a smooth surface ensures that your paint will not only look better but will also last longer. 

Filling in nail holes or small dents with spackle (a type of putty used for repairs) can make a huge difference in the final look. Similarly, sanding down any rough patches or previous paint drips will also contribute to a smoother finish. For significant damage or areas needing special attention, it’s always wise to alert the painters beforehand. This allows them to plan for these issues and ensures they’re not overlooked during the painting process.

Deciding on the Paint and Finish

When you decide on your color scheme, remember that colors dramatically shape the ambiance and feel of a space. Lighter hues make a room feel open and airy, while darker tones give it a cozy, intimate feel. Your choice of paint finish directly influences the final appearance and upkeep of your walls. 

People love matte finishes for their ability to hide minor imperfections, though they might not stand up well to cleaning. In contrast, finishes like eggshell or semi-gloss prove more durable, ideal for high-traffic areas or moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. When you share these preferences with your painters early on, they can offer the best materials and advice suited to your vision and your home’s needs. 

Preparing Special Areas

Every room in your home has a unique role, and you must adapt your prep work to meet each room’s specific needs. In the kitchen, clear the counters and relocate appliances. This provides an unobstructed area for the painters and prevents any accidental paint drips on your valuable appliances or countertop items.

In the bathroom, take out toiletries and rugs to keep them paint-free. Paint needs a dry surface to stick properly, so always dry the surfaces, especially near the sink and shower, before the painters arrive. In bedrooms, remove or cover draperies and bedding to prevent paint splatters and reduce post-painting cleanup.

Setting Up a Communication Plan

Talk openly with your painting contractor. Choose a primary contact person, either you or another household member to avoid confusion. Then, coordinate with the painters to decide on appropriate break times. This consideration not only acknowledges the painters’ needs but also helps you organize your day, particularly if you remain at home during the paint job. 

Finally, voice your concerns and provide specific instructions about delicate areas without delay. Open communication ensures the painting crew understands and meets your expectations.

Making Accessibility Arrangements

Before the painting crew arrives, clear pathways, driveways, or entry points from any obstacles that might impede their movements. Doing so will speed up the process and minimize potential accidents or damages. If there are specific rooms or areas you’d rather the crew avoid, it’s best to make that clear upfront. You can maintain privacy and boundaries by marking off or locking those rooms.

Additionally, having a designated area where painters can rinse brushes, clean tools, or even store equipment can be a game-changer. It saves time and ensures that cleanup post-painting is minimized.

Why Choose P&G Painting? 

Proper preparation is the cornerstone of any successful interior painting project. By following this comprehensive guide to interior house painting prep, you’re setting the stage for a hassle-free and efficient painting job. It’s these meticulous details in preparation that allow professional painters, like us at P&G Painting, to deliver exceptional and long-lasting results.

We’re proud to offer our specialized painting services to Middleton, Boston, North Reading, Rowley, and Marlborough, MA communities. If you’re planning an interior painting project and want top-notch, professional service that values your preparation efforts, choose P&G Painting.

Call (781) 412-7191 to book your free estimate.