We have always said that besides using premium paint like Mythic paint, preparing your walls for painting is one of the best things you can do to ensure that your wall paint looks professional when all is said and done.¬† Yet, many people skip over this step, whether they are just too lazy or don‚Äôt think it will matter in the end.¬† But prepping your walls for interior paint does not take that much time and can make a huge difference.¬† Follow these easy steps outlined here and your friends will be asking you for the number of your professional painter:
- Wash Your Walls- Right, we get that the whole point of painting over your walls was so you didn‚Äôt have to clean them.¬† But to get the best possible adhesion, it is best to give them a rinse them first.¬† You might not notice, but your walls collect dust, cobwebs, and oil and grease from cooking.¬† Making sure you wipe all of that away allows for the interior paint to better adhere.¬† It also prevents the dust and cobwebs from clumping in your new fresh coat of paint.¬† There are solvents on the market you can use, but a sponge and some liquid dish soap also work fine.
- Fix any Holes- Using wall putty, patch any holes or cracks in your wall.¬† With a putty knife, spread the putty over these protrusions in the wall.¬† Then take a damp sponge so you can wipe off the remaining putty leaving the patch flesh with the wall.¬† Allow the putty to dry according to its label and move on to the next step.
- Sand Your Walls- While Mythic paint is formulated for performance and can be painted over other paints, we do suggest lightly sanding the current paint or surface on your wall.¬† By choosing fine grit sandpaper and using it to lightly brush the walls, you will create tiny groves on the surface giving your new coat of paint something to cling on to.¬† The goal is not to remove the current surface, but to swipe over it gently like you were cleaning off a mirror.
- Wipe off Your Walls- Again?!¬† Yes, when you lightly sanded the walls, you left dust from the tiny bits paint removed on your wall.¬† Here again you use a damp, soft sponge, like one you would use to wash your car, to wipe the walls.¬† You don‚Äôt need soap this time, since the dust from your sanding will stick to the wet sponge easily.¬† Give your walls about 30 minutes to ‚Äúdry off‚ÄĚ before you proceed with paint or primer.¬† While the walls should not be wet, there might be some moisture on them that could prevent the paint from adhering well.
By using these easy steps, you will be ensured a professional looking job in no time.¬† All it takes is a couple of sponges, some water and sandpaper.¬† Feel free to share your finished jobs with us on the Mythic Facebook Page!