A new coat of interior paint can transform a room overnight. However, before that transformation can take place, you need to do a little prep work to get the best possible result. Whether you are doing the painting yourself or hiring a professional interior painting service, prep work is a step that can't be missed. Below you will find a few helpful tips and tricks you can use to make sure your interior walls look their best once they've been repainted.

Clean Your Walls

This may sound unnecessary since you are painting over the existing surface. The reason this step is important is because there can be oils or residues on your walls that will keep the paint from adhering properly. This is especially true for kitchens, high-traffic areas, and anywhere children play. Just because the walls look clean doesn't mean they are. Take a few minutes to wipe down your walls to remove any grease, oil, grime, or any other residue that may have found its way onto your walls. The following mixture below is an affordable solution you can make at home, with ingredients you likely have in your pantry already:

  • 1 cup ammonia
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 gallon warm water

Mix ingredients into the warm water. With a sponge or wash rag, wipe down your walls thoroughly. Let them air dry.

Fill Stress Cracks

It isn't uncommon for walls or ceilings to have cracks running through them. These are called stress cracks and can be fixed on a DIY basis. If you are uncomfortable fixing them yourself, seek a professional handyman. If you are using a professional interior painting service, ask them about adding this repair into the cost of the paint job.

To fill minor cracks, you can use painters putty or spackle and a putty knife. You can purchase these items at any home improvement store. Follow the directions on the package to properly fill in minor cracks.

For major cracks (those measuring over an eighth of an inch wide), consider using drywall mud for full coverage.

Nail Pops

When drywall is hung during construction, it is nailed or screwed into place. If it is nailed, these nails can occasionally pop out of place, without popping completely through the tape and texture of a wall. Nail pops leave behind a slight bump in your wall. These bumps, along with any other imperfections, can be even more obvious with a fresh coat of paint. To fix these pops, you need to do the following:

  1. Drive the popped nail back into the wall.
  2. To prevent the popped nail from popping out again, drive a new nail in, right next to the old one so the heads overlap. The head of the new nail pins the old nail into place permanently.
  3. Cover nails with spackle using a putty knife.
  4. Once the spackle is dry, use sand paper to smooth the putty, then wipe away any dust.

Once you have cleaned up the sandpaper dust, the popped nail is ready to be painted over.

Imperfections in your wall will become glaringly obvious with a shiny new coat of paint. Keep those imperfections from staring you in the face by properly preparing your interior painting surfaces. By doing this you, you will end up with a finished product you will love to look at for many years to come! For further help, contact a professional painting service like M.S. Service Inc.