Over the course of owning your home, you're probably going to need to do some painting and repairs to the interior drywall. Walls get scuffed up and the paint fades, and a new paint job can really make any interior space look much newer. One of the best things about painting, as far as DIY home remodel projects are concerned, is the fact that it is so accessible. You only need a few simple tools and supplies to effectively paint drywall surfaces.
But painting can definitely be tricky if major prep work, like cleaning, patching, and repairing, needs to be done before you can even apply the paint to the drywall. In many cases, it takes more time and effort to do these repairs than it does to actually paint. This article discusses three important things you need to do to any drywall surface before you even begin the paint application process.
Fill Even the Small Holes
Small holes are the worst enemy of any paint jobs. If you paint directly over a hole, even if it's just a small nail hole, it could result in a much larger chip that will be noticeable. So it is worthwhile to fill even the smallest nail holes in your wall with painter's putty. Of course, a new coat of paint will cover up some inconsistencies on your surface, but you don't want to rely on it to cover actual damage to your walls.
Clean the Drywall
The next thing you need to do is clean your drywall thoroughly. This is especially important on the walls in your bathrooms and kitchens. Soap residue can't settle on your bathroom walls, and all the cooking and grease in the kitchen can have an effect on the walls in your kitchen. So if these surfaces are not cleaned before you apply any paint, the new paint isn't going to stick as well to the wall, and it might not dry consistently.
Use Primer on Drywall
The last thing you want to do before painting any drywall surface is to use a separate primer. Using a separate primer will seal your walls and result in a much more consistent and professional-looking paint job. Some paints have primer mixed into the paint, but these don't work as well as a separate primer.
Once you do these three things, you cat start to actually apply your new paint color.
Talk to a local residential drywall services company for more information.