How To Prepare Your Home for Painting

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Home Painting

Painting a house is not the easiest of tasks but with the right preparation, half the work is done. There is more to proper painting than just picking the right colours and tools. Here at A Burst of Colour, we have successfully taken hundreds of customers through the steps of painting a home from preparation to applying the final coat. Here is a brief on how to prepare a home for painting correctly.

Washing The Home For Painting

Before working on the surface, dirt and dust has to be cleaned off. This is more so for when doing exterior painting. Renting a pressure washer is easier than hand washing which could be time-consuming. Wash using clean water only if there is no mold infestation or staining. The walls should be allowed to dry completely before moving on.

Scraping Flaking Paint

Allow the wall to dry for at least 24 hours. After the wall is completely dry, scrape off flaking paint. Use a standard paint scraper and have a little patience for this is a tedious task.


Exterior walls will often have small cracks and fractures in the seams. Fill these up with caulk and wipe off the excess with a damp rag before you begin exterior painting.

Repair & Replace Rotten Wood

Painting over rotten timber does not help. The wood will still fall away when the rotting becomes extensive. Ask a carpenter to work on rotten wood replacing and repairing where necessary.

Applying The Primer

Priming should be exposed to bare exposed walls before applying the paint. Rough sections should be lightly sanded so that the primer adheres properly. Use a palm sander for a quicker job or do hand sanding for smaller sections.

Apply an exterior grade oil-based primer which makes a foundation for the paint, and creates an air and moisture tight barrier. Although oil-based primers are the most commonly used, you can ask the storekeeper to recommend a good primer depending on the wall material. Oil-based primers will work well for wood and stone while acrylic primers are good for stucco. Take care to scrape off rust on metal trim and apply a coat of preventative primer before applying a coat of paint.

Trimming Vegetation

Falling leaves and other bits of vegetation will get stuck on wet paint. Before starting on the painting, make sure to trim any hanging branches and other vegetation that is close to the wall. Clearing the vegetation also makes it easier the painter to work on the walls without getting tangled in the thorns.

Get The Proper Tools & Painting Products

Consult a professional painter when making purchases so that your colour schemes come out perfectly.

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