Painting 101: HOW TO PREPARE DRYWALL FOR PAINTING- A comprehensive guide by Painters in Austin

Painting 101: HOW TO PREPARE DRYWALL FOR PAINTING- A comprehensive guide by Painters in Austin

If you have been involved in a home remodeling project, you understand the joy of laying your eyes on newly installed drywall- a sure sign your project is just steps away from completion. Preparing a dry wall for painting requires a few steps and we are here to walk you through the process.

Step 1: Inspection

  • Find and mark any imperfections in the walls. Start by turning off all the lights in the room and closing the curtains. Then hold a trouble light next to the wall and move it across the surface. Wherever the light highlights a problem, even a small one, stick a piece of tape next to it so you can easily find it when you come through with spackling or joint compound.
  • Fill them with drywall mud or make your own paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1-part white glue.

Step 2: Fix up those nails:

  • Seasonal expansion and contraction of studs can push nails out of the drywall. You cannot just resin the nail and apply joint compound over the top; the nail will pop back out. To permanently fix a popped nail, drive a drywall screw about 2 in. above or below the popped nail. Use a 1-1/4-inch screw. A longer screw is not better, it is more likely to pop out than a shorter one.

Step 3: Tape and fill the broken corners:

  • Metal corner bead dents easily, causing cracks in the wall. Fortunately, the fix is relatively simple too. Use a hammer to knock the bead back into shape with several light taps instead of hard blows. Use a level to make sure the bead doesn’t stick out past the finished walls or you won’t get a clean corner. Round any sharp edges on the bead with a file.

Step 4: Cut around glue spots:

  • Scrape off the glue with a putty knife. You’ll still tear the paper, but the tears will be confined to the outline you cut in the drywall. Use 120-grit sandpaper on small areas of glue that won’t scrape off. Fill gouges that you made in the wall with joint compound.

Step 5: Fill with Aluminum

  • Aluminum patches are a faster, easier solution of how to repair large drywall holes. Cut the patch so it covers the hole by at least 1 in. on each side, then place it over the hole. One side is sticky to adhere to the wall. Cover the patch with joint compound. Let it dry overnight, then recoat.

Step 6: Sanding

  • Put on a face mask and sand the drywall with a pole sander by applying light pressure. Sand in a circular motion, rather than from side to side, to avoid putting scratches in the drywall.
  • Put the brush attachment on your vacuum and remove dust from the wall. Work from top to bottom in small, workable sections. Run a dark-colored rag over the drywall. If you see any white dust on the rag, vacuum the drywall again.
  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a bucket and fill it with 1 gallon of water. Use a large cellulose sponge to wash the wall thoroughly, again working from top to bottom. If the water in the bucket turns several shades darker before you are finished, make a fresh batch of the vinegar-water solution.
  • Let the wall dry thoroughly. Direct a fan on the drywall if the air is humid. The drywall must be bone dry when you prime and paint it to ensure that no mildew or mold festers underneath the subsequent primer and paint.

Step 7: Priming before painting

  • Run a microfiber cloth over the drywall as a final guard against dust, which will diminish the quality of your painting efforts. Do this right before you are ready to apply the drywall primer. A high-quality, latex drywall primer will seal the wall and ensure that the paint absorbs evenly, without splotches.
  • Apply the primer exactly like paint – cutting in around the ceiling, baseboard and edges with a brush and working the wall with a roller. Work in small, 2- or 3-foot sections and from top to bottom. It might help to make a large “W” or “M” with the roller and then fill in the area until it’s covered. Keep a wet edge as you work and do not be surprised if the primer absorbs quickly; it’s not called “drywall” for nothing.
  • Run your hand over the primer after it dries. If it is rough, sand it lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Run a clean microfiber cloth over the wall before painting

Step 8: Looking for professional help?

  • DON’T STRESS, GIVE US A CALL! Once your color is chosen, it might be overwhelming to think about how you are going to tackle the project of painting your dry wall. There are a lot of steps consider if you are thinking of taking the project such as: what materials to use, what tools to buy etc. Many homeowners may not know where to start or what tools they might need.
  • That is where we can help! At Painters in Austin Texas, our experts will know exactly how to tackle your project so that your kitchen is painted in a timely manner and without any mistakes. Give us a call today and we will come out to your home to give you a free estimate!

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