Most interior walls will need some kind of preparation before you start painting. This is to make sure they are sealed and stable and you get the best possible finish.
Before you start
If the wall is newly finished plaster, block, fibreboard, etc, it is advisable to apply a primer to the wall before you start to paint.
When you are ready to paint, make sure you have considered the effect your choice of colour will have on the atmosphere of the room.
Another consideration is the sheen level of the product you are using, is it semi gloss, matt or gloss the sheen level will make a massive difference to the overall colour appearance. Matt can convey a much more subtle, sophisticated tone, while gloss appears more dynamic and makes colours appear more vibrant, perfect when creating a feature wall.
You should always remove any old wallpaper before you start painting. Painting over old wallpaper can cause bubbles to appear and it may even peel off the wall.
Use paint testers to see how the different shades will look when dry, with waterborne products the shade can change by as much as 30% over the drying period. So, if it does not look right at the very start, give the colour a little time to dry and settle.
If you are painting the whole room, make sure to paint the ceiling first to avoid spills and drips! Then move onto the walls and finish with the woodwork.
- Do all your preparation before you start
- Start from the top of the walls and work your way down
- Make sure you use a stable ladder and don’t over stretch
- Clean your tools after use and store sealed to keep dust off
- If you are continuing to paint the following day, put the paint roller or brush in a plastic bag and seal tightly overnight.