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Interior house painting preparation

Preparing your house for an interior painting project can be half the battle. It can also save some money as it is a project you can have completed before calling your New Jersey interior painting specialist. There are several things that can be done to help speed the project along before the contractor is ready to come out and do any residential painting.

It will be easier for him to get the job done quicker if you can move all the furniture and any decorative items out of the room prior to him starting the painting project. Remove all the pictures and other decorations from the walls. Also remove electrical faceplates and heat or vent covers. You will want to place some tape over receptacles and switches. If the interior painting project includes painting doors and windows it is a good idea to remove handles, knobs and locks.

Heavy furniture can be moved out into the center of the room and covered with drop cloths. Books and other items can be removed from shelving and stacked on the furniture if need be. They will be protected by the drop cloth. Fixtures should also be taken down or at least cover them with a plastic bag.

Some types of wallpaper can be painted over if it is in very good shape and is not pulling away from the wall. However, it is usually best to go ahead and remove the wallpaper. After it has been removed and the adhesive taken off too, use an abrasive cleanser to wash the wall. Rinse the area well and then let it air dry for at least 24 hours before beginning any paint project.

Any of the older paint must be scraped off if it is peeling or chipped. This can be very tricky. It has to be scraped hard enough to get the old, peeling paint off; but at the same time you do not want to dig in too hard and scratch the actual wall surface. Talk to your New Jersey painting specialist to discuss the various tools that will work best for this project.

Depending on what type of shape the walls are in you may need to do some repairs to finish your interior house painting preparations. Small blemishes including holes or cracks can be repaired rather easily. But for areas with extensive damages a professional interior painting specialist will most likely need to be contacted.

These are some of the main things you can do to prepare your house for an interior painting project.

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