How to prepare a surface for painting?

How to prepare a surface for painting? Universal guide.

The first stage of painting should be Purification. The walls, which have already been painted should be thoroughly cleaned before being recoated. For this, a sponge and detergent are enough, to degrease the walls, especially if we paint the kitchen. This can happen on very dirty surfaces , that old coatings will peel off. Then use a scraper and remove everything thoroughly. If you want to increase the adhesion of the new paint, I recommend cleaning the surface with sandpaper.

When the walls are cleared, you should start filling. Places where we have cavities, or cracks must first be moistened with water, then apply the putty,
then moisten again. In order to obtain an even surface, we start sanding, but let's remember, that the putty must be completely dry. If we have cracks, e.g.. between the wall and the frame, we can supplement them with acrylic sealant.

With the surface prepared in this way, let's move on to priming. This is a stage, which applies not only to new walls. If we applied the putty and filled the cavities, these places should be primed.

What to remember when buying paint?

When buying paint, remember about the three basic principles:

  • paints should be durable and resistant to abrasion,
  • safe for people and the environment,
  • have good adhesion to the substrate.

Kitchen, Hall, or a living room - these are the rooms most exposed to dirt. When deciding to paint such rooms, choose a paint resistant to water and abrasion. Acrylic emulsion paint will be appropriate.
If we decide to paint a children's room, when buying paint, pay attention to whether it is allergenic.. I recommend ordinary paints, water-dilutable, which do not contain solvents or ammonia.