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Colorado Springs Painting Contractors: Article About Preparing A Surface For Painting

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When it comes to the exterior of a house, a painter's job is only partly about putting down paint. Professional painters also spend a good amount of their time sanding, cleaning and preparing surfaces for paint, setting up drop cloths and then cleaning everything up after the job is done. In order for a paint job to look professional, few homeowners and amateur painters realize at first how much effort and time should go into the preparation stage. Most Colorado Springs painting contractors automatically include preparation work within their work estimates. However, it's still a good idea for homeowners to know what preparation entails, whether they're undertaking a project or hiring professionals.

The primary concern in preparing to paint is uniformity and cleanliness. For a paint job to look good, the wall should be as smooth as possible. Naturally, it should also be free of dirt, dust, oil stains or any other smudges. Therefore, before doing anything else, it's appropriate to give the wall a good dusting and a wash. In most cases, it's sufficient to use a gentle cleanser diluted in plenty of warm water.

Once the wall is clean and dried, it's a good idea to assess its surface carefully, running one's fingertips across its surface. Any holes or hairline cracks should be filled in with spackle. Water soluble and easy to use, spackle is available at any standard hardware store.

Next up, most professionals give the wall a proper sanding with fine grit paper.

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Naturally, areas that have been spackled may require a coarser grit. Once they have been sanded down, the entire surface should be sanded for a smooth finish. The use of a pole attachment makes it easier to sand large areas, especially the hard to reach upper end of the wall.

Once the surface is smooth, it's time to apply a layer of primer. Many professional painters opt for tinted primer. The tinted primer may be a neutral color, such as gray, or it may be similar to the color of the topcoat. Without primer, the paint itself will respond differently to different patches of wall. For example, if you paint directly over the spackled areas, that spackle will absorb the paint more readily than plain drywall. As a result, the final finish won't be uniform. In addition, using a layer of primer usually makes it possible to achieve a uniformly colored appearance with fewer coats of paint.

Just as painting is a learned skill, preparing a wall can take a good deal of finesse and careful handiwork. In many cases, hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that every step of the project is done right. When each step is undertaken with due care, you shouldn't see any cracks, holes or other variations in the wall's texture.

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