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How To Prepare Your Surfaces For Your Painting Project


Surface Preparation for Painting

A lot of people do not know how to prepare surfaces for painting. There’s a lot more to it than just a sponge, cloth and some spray. Painting can definitely be easy, especially if you choose to contract a painting and decorating Services Company. If you are planning an upcoming painting job then B&D London have kindly drawn up some points which you may not have considered.



Some walls may have hairline cracks or be covered with lining paper of wall paper. Depending on the state of your walls, it may be worth adding additional lining or stripping the paper with soapy water and a steamer to expose the ‘naked walls’ which once painted will look even better. For newly plastered walls, it’s advisable to use a primer before painting. For areas of mould, you can use a bleach treatment or fungicidal product before you apply your paint. If your wall has recently been plastered and hasn’t completed the drying process, then make sure it has and take the time you need before painting.


Painting for ceilings is much easier when you use stepladders and scaffold boards and for rooms with very high ceilings trestles or scaffolding may be needed. Ceilings usually have light fittings or built up grease from cooking evaporation and even general household dust. Any dirt can be scraped off or washed off with warm clean water with detergent. For minor cracks filler is recommended and for flaking surfaces sealing primers are great to use; for major cracks plastering is the best preparation before painting.

Wood Floors

For bare wood floors, make sure they are stripped and treated with primer. Smooth finishes can also be achieved with glass or fine sandpaper but make sure you brush and swipe along the grain. For any cracks, filler should be used and always make sure you use an undercoat before applying your paint.

If you’re going to be investing in time and money for painting you might as well make sure you get the best finish possible. All surfaces from be free of dirt, grime, unevenness and must be dry before painting. Remember paint preparation is key!