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Preparing your walls for painting.

In our world, you either love it or hate it but you can’t undermine the importance of preparation works prior to the most delightful part of the job, the final paint application.

For all the DIY painting and decorating enthusiasts London offers a fantastic array of colours, materials and tools. Adverts are tempting us with limitless paint and finish choices reducing the painstaking prep work to a pre-made quick fixes that you can simply slap on your wall and voila! You’re ready to go.

I wish it were that simple. In fact, preparing a wall for painting usually is a tedious task and requires tonnes of patience, attention to detail and experience, if you want to get it right.  No matter if it’s a small room or a commercial warehouse, all painters and decorators know it’s crucial to prepare a surface before coating and with all the variety of materials available in London you have everything you need to deliver a high standard flawless finish.

Old and listed buildings can be extremely challenging for unexperienced painters in London. Neglected properties can be especially tricky and you never know what is waiting for you there behind that 20+ years wallpaper that has had at least 4 different covers of paint on it since it was hung. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

Even if you have no intention of becoming a professional painter it is always good to know some bits of our profession so you can feel more confident when choosing your next painting and decorating company in London. Here are some important things to be done if you want to ensure a long lasting, smooth and professional finish of any chosen wall coating.

1. Protect your working area. Make sure to remove everything that can be removed including wall fixtures and fittings. Large and bulky furniture need to be moved to the centre of the room and covered up with a dustsheet or an old bed sheet. Now cover the floor and your working environment is now set up correctly.

2. Now let’s have a look at those walls. You need to examine the surface and detect any problems that would require extra attention and care. You have to clean it, remove old covers and mould, make sure all cracks are treated before sanding down.

3. Yes, the sanding part. No matter how skilled you are in operating a vacuum cleaner, it really takes an experienced professional to complete this task properly using appropriate technique and tools.

4. Now after your final inspection prime the surface and protect any wall elements to complete the prep stage.

This brief list is just a guidance through the process but now you have a general idea how much an ‘easy’ approach to painting and decorating differs from a professional one.

If your walls need extra care prior to painting give us a call and our London painters and decorators will be more than happy to offer specialist advice and provide you with an estimate. Don’t hesitate to contact us here.