How to Prep Your Home for a Painting Project

Step-by-Step Guide to Prep Your Home for a Painting Project

Preparing your inside walls or the exterior of your home before painting is necessary if you want smooth surfaces with a professional look. Following these steps can save you unnecessary stress and work in the future. Here are some steps to take:

1. Clean The Walls Before Painting

Inside Walls

  • Dust corners and tops of walls to remove cobwebs.
  • Clean walls and remove grease and fingerprints.

Outdoor Walls

  • Call professionals if you need help with repairing cracks in the walls. Be sure that calking and other items are designed for outdoor use.
  • Remove vines and other greenery growing on the walls.
  • Wash walls with a cleaner designed for this purpose or contact a professional for power washing.

2. Repair Any Problems With Walls

Inside Walls

  • Check for cracks or places that need repair such as a place with peeling paint.
  • Sand this area until smooth and wash again.
  • Apply a coat of primer to this area.

Outdoor Walls

  • Use a wire brush to remove flaked paint and sand.
  • Clean and apply a primer to the repaired area.
  • Mold or mildew should be removed with a solution made for this purpose.

3. Protect Areas That Aren’t Intended To Be Painted


  • Move furniture away from the wall you will paint first.
  • Cover flooring and other furniture with plastic paint protectors.
  • Remove electrical outlet covers.


  • Place furniture in your garage or away from the house.
  • Grass and plants should be covered to protect them from paint drips.
  • Flowers near walls can be bundled up with wire.
  • Double-check to make sure that a blade or grass or dirt has not blown on the wall.

Buy Quality Equipment For Painting

If you are painting an inside wall, it is a good investment to purchase high-quality brushes and rollers. Your walls will look smooth and professional if you do this. 

For smooth drywall, it will be difficult to get the right amount of paint on your walls without the appropriate roller and brush. You could have too little paint that goes on thinly or running paint that drips down your walls when you have too much paint.

Some surfaces, like high gloss painted walls or glass, require a primer before your new coat of paint. If you don’t do this, the paint may not stick to the wall or to the glass.

Paint Brushes And Rollers Are Designed For Special Use

If you think of using your indoor equipment to paint your house, this is not the best approach. They are not made for this purpose. It is best to save them for the next indoor painting project that you have.

Paint stores sell many different paint brushes and rollers for use inside or outside.

If you are hiring a professional painter to paint the inside or outside of your home, the painter will bring the supplies needed. Call Century Painting for interior or exterior painting by professionals with many satisfied customers in the Charlotte, NC area. Schedule a quote online or call (704) 245-9409.