Sanding, primer, or both? What to know before you paint your walls

Painting is the easiest way to transform a room. A simple coat of paint is all it takes to make a drab space become a vibrant, bright room that everyone will love hanging out in. When it comes to actually getting the painting job done, there are some preparation steps that you need to consider. Painting requires a bit of prep work, regardless of what condition your walls are in. Walls with holes and dents may take longer to prep than walls that just need a coat of paint. You may need to consider sanding, priming, and other prepping methods that will help your painting project go smoothly and ultimately result in a stunning, finished look.

Dusting

The very first step before you start adding anything to your walls is to give them a good dusting. Your walls are actually more dusty than you may think, especially in corner areas. It is important to dust away any dirt, hair, grime, and more in order to create a clean surface for the next steps. You can use a damp cloth or duster to rid the walls of excess dirt. This way, when you begin to paint, you don’t have to worry about dust and dirt getting mixed into your paint and ultimately sticking to your walls.

Spackling

If your walls have dents, cracks, or holes, then it is important to seal up any open crevices before beginning the painting process. Paint is incapable of filling in these spaces due to its thin texture, so painting over them will just leave them exposed. You can easily and quickly fill in holes and cracks with spackle. Spackle is a type of paste that you can smooth over holes and cracks, filling them in and ensuring that they are sealed. This way, when you begin painting, the final look will result in a smooth, clean wall.

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Most spackles these days can dry within 10 minutes, so they won’t set you back on schedule if there is a last-minute hole that you need to fill in. Some are designed to change color from pink to white, so you know when it is dry and safe to sand down. It is important to sand the wall after spackling in order to ensure a flat and smooth surface for your paint. 

Priming

Primers are designed to help cover up the previous color on a wall. They are used before the actual paint color to create a blank, neutral surface, so your chosen paint color can be vibrant and bright. Priming is a must for dark or bright colors. If you are trying to paint over a black wall or a bright red wall, for example, a primer is needed. The primer will quickly and easily cover the existing color, making it a neutral white so that your new color can be displayed at its best and brightest.

Nowadays, many paint companies design paint with a built-in primer. This is another great option for any wall painting job. The built-in primer can save you time and money because you don’t have to wait for the primer to dry before you begin painting. This is recommended for any painting project, even if you are just painting over pale walls. It will ensure a solid, clean look that will last year after year. 

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Sanding

The final step before painting is to sand down the walls. This is a must for if you have used spackle or regular primer on your walls before painting. Sanding down your walls will help ensure a flat, even, and smooth surface for your paint to go on. It will help you achieve a high-quality and clean final result. 

It is important to use a lower-grade sanding material, since primer and spackle can be sanded off fairly easily. Utilize sanding sponges or sanding paper for a quick and simple sanding process that will leave you with stunning results. 

When it comes to painting any wall in your home, there are a few key steps that need to be taken. The steps you take to paint a room will help you achieve a high-quality color on your walls. It is important to assess the condition of each wall and spackle in any holes, cracks, or dents. When it comes to primer or no primer, it is important to take into consideration the current color of the room. If the color is particularly dark or bright, then a primer is your best bet for ensuring your new color really pops. Use these tips and techniques to make your next painting experience a little more smooth, so you can have a final result that you will love.

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