How to Prepare a Wall for Painting

Walls aren’t meant to be boring. They’re supposed to shout “I’m good-looking, so look at me!” But they can’t boast about themselves if they aren’t even interesting to notice in the first place! If you need to do some makeover to your bland wall, your paint sprayer can be your best buddy for the project. Trust me.

But before you do some painting, you have to make sure the wall is ready for the transformation.

And to do that, you need to prepare the following:

  • A gallon of water (optional)
  • Gap filler (optional)
  • Gloves
  • Laundry detergent (optional)
  • Old clothes
  • Old newspapers
  • Paint scraper
  • Painters tape
  • Rag
  • Safety goggles
  • Sandpaper or electric sander
  • Sugar soap (optional)
  • Tape
  • Two buckets of water
  • Vacuum cleaner or towel

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Protect the surroundings. Use old newspapers and tape to cover the furniture and protect the floor from paint splatters as well as accidents. If you can remove the furniture and place them somewhere safe, that would be better.

  1. Protect yourself. You also have to protect your clothes from splatters so only wear old clothes. Also wear safety googles. There’s no harm in being extra safe from paint splatters. We recommend that you read our safety guide before you start spraying.

  1. Clean the wall. The wall should be dust-free and dirt-free. To clean it, use a vacuum cleaner or a towel. If you’re painting a kitchen or a bathroom wall, don’t forget to wash it with a solution consisting of a gallon of water and three teaspoons of laundry detergent. It’s important to clean the wall TOTALLY so the paint can stick itself better on the wall. A clean wall means no stains and marks too! Regardless of where the wall is located, it’s important to clean it thoroughly using a bucket of water mixed with sugar soap. Don’t forget to wear gloves when you clean and wash the walls! Lastly, the cleaning process won’t be complete unless you use a rag to dry off the sugar soap.

  1. It’s scraping time! After cleaning the wall, look for any flaking or cracked paint and scrape it off using your paint scraper. If there are plaster bumps or other small deformities, use a sandpaper stapled to a sanding block to smoothen the wall. You can do so with an electric sander as well.

  1. Apply gap filler to cracks. If necessary, combine a bucket of water with the powdered gap filler and mix until they have the same texture as that of toothpaste. Now, grab your paint scraper and use it to apply the filler to the cracks on the wall. Make sure they’re overfilled. Once the gap filler is totally dry, get your sandpaper for a polished finish.

  1. Choose the correct primer. Never settle with a low-quality one. A high-quality primer can hide even the smallest defect on your wall, so invest in one can make a huge difference. Also remember to use a good-quality, water-based primer on a new drywall. If the wall has heavy stains caused by smoke or water damage, use an oil-based primer.