August 06, 2020 2 min read

When planning to paint an interior wall, you want to make sure it's prepared before you start. Some of these preparation items include cleaning, sanding and then priming the walls. Taking these steps will ensure the best results and a fabulous looking room. 



Cleaning is a key step before painting. Of course you are going to want to make sure there is no dust, dirt, or even grease in rooms like the kitchen. To clean the walls, you can simply use a sponge and warm water. This is will take off most particles. For those more difficult rooms such as the kitchen or even the bathroom, you can use a de-greasing solution or detergent and then followup with some water to wash it away. One of the most important parts of cleaning is the drying. Make sure the walls are completely dry or you will run into problems later on. 




Not everyone may need to follow this step, but it is important to thoroughly check your walls for any trace of mildew. You are going to want to remove this before continuing because it will ultimately return if not taken care of. Not to worry, there is a solution. First mix a solution that is 3 parts water to one part bleach. You are going to want to wear a mask and use gloves for your protection. Apply the solution to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Then proceed to use a soft brush to scrub the area and wash off with some warm water. Again, the most important part is making sure it is dry before continuing.



Every wall has imperfections, whether is was previously painted or a brand new wall that was spackled. It is important to take your time with this step because the better the wall is sanded, the better the painted wall will look. You can either use sandpaper or a sanding block to rid of any imperfections. On areas where a high-gloss paint was used, you may need to use a medium-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Once completed, you can clean the dust with a damp cloth. Be sure everything is dry. We can't stress that enough.



Priming the walls is a very important step. Primer will help hide imperfections on the wall and create a smooth surface for the paint. Benjamin Moore has many excellent primer choices to choose from. There are different primers to use in different situations such as painting over a darker color. The primer will really help with the hide.




You are ready to paint. This is the most fulfilling part of the project. Choose the right type of paint and color for your room. Don't forget to tape the edges, cover and furniture and flooring. Enjoy your completed room!


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