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Painting Interior Walls – a Guide on Materials, Tools, and Preparation

If you’re planning a DIY paint job for your home, you need to understand proper wall preparation, as well as what materials and tools to use, to achieve good results. Of course, hiring professional interior painters is also an option.

Painting Supplies Checklist

Here are some of the things you’ll need to prepare beforehand for your next interior painting job.

  • Tape Measure: You can use a tape measure for measuring walls, so you know the amount of paint you need to buy.
  • Primer: A primer is a preparatory coating that is applied on walls before painting.
  • Stirrer: Before paint application, make sure to stir the paint. Stirrers are usually free with every paint purchase.
  • Pouring Spout: You can use a spout to one gallon of paint so you can pour it without making a mess.
  • Large Bucket: You can keep the color consistent for large paint jobs that need several gallons of paint by mixing them all in a big container.
  • Screen: You can put this in the bucket to help you wipe away excess paint from the roller.
  • Roller Tray: You can use a metal roller tray, but a sturdy plastic will do, especially for smaller paint jobs.
  • Roller Cover: A 3/8 inch nap can give you the best finish for your walls.
  • Tray Liner: A disposable tray liner can help you save time cleaning up. Just don’t forget to dispose of your trash correctly after your paint project.
  • Angled Sash Paintbrush: You can use a two-inch angled brush when painting trim to get more control.
  • Blue Painter’s Tape: A blue painter’s tape is an essential tool for protecting walls or trim that you don’t want paint on.
  • Drop Cloths: Use a reusable drop cloth to protect your floor and furniture.
  • Hole Filler: Dabbing hole fillers into small holes in the wall is a much quicker option than spackling.
  • Screwdriver: You can use this to remove switch plates and lighting fixture ceiling plates before painting.
  • Sponge: Use a sponge to wash the walls with water mixed with some dishwashing detergent before priming.

Wall Preparation for Interior Wall Painting

Here are some steps you can take when preparing your walls for a paint job.

  1. Clean your walls with a towel or a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Remove old, cracked, or flaking paint.
  3. Find invisible flaws and repair damaged areas.
  4. Use lining paper, especially when there are a lot of flaws on your wall.
  5. Use a primer on your walls, especially if you’re painting over gloss, semi-gloss, or oil-based paints.
  6. Use a special type of stain-blocking primer if your walls have marks that can’t easily be covered by paint, such as marks made by permanent markers

You need to follow a step-by-step procedure to achieve good interior paint job results. The highly trained interior painters of Blue Coyote Painting will take care of all your interior painting needs in Tucson. Contact us for more information.