How Do You Repaint a Wall Before Painting?

How Do You Repaint a Wall Before Painting?

One of the best ways of adding fresh life to a structure is by repainting it. That much is true. Unfortunately, if you are looking to repaint your wall, you can find yourself facing a number of different conundrums, one of the most perplexing of which can be how you can go about repainting a wall before painting it again. For one thing, the very nature of that question can be baffling – how can you repaint a wall before painting it again? Aren’t those two things the same thing? If not, how do they differ, and how do you go about doing each?

This guide can help you get started doing all that and more, so get ready to reinvigorate your home décor with some repainting work.

Dealing with Different Kinds of Paint

First and foremost, like any good painter, you’re going to want to know what kind of paint you’re dealing with. For example, if you are using latex-based paints, you can count on your paint to dry very quickly, but to also be prone to chipping or flaking that much easier as well. Conversely, oils and other types of more expensive paints out there can take a long time to dry, but they result in a surface that looks more finished and is less easily chipped.

Clean the Wall

Once you have selected the right type of paint for the job, you’re ready to get painting, right? Wrong. Before an artist puts their brush to canvas, they often take the time to “prepare” the latter first, treating it with a wet coating that makes it easier to paint and have it stick and show up better. The same principle holds for painting your home – take the time to clean the surfaces you’re going to paint, and later painting efforts will be that much easier.

Save Yourself Time Using Primer (or Not)

As stated, artists typically “prime” their canvas before they paint it. We’ve already described how this can be applied to your home in a literal sense by applying cleaning agents to walls to cleanse them of any grit and grime that might otherwise get underneath your paint and spoil the project. That said, you can also take this advice more literally and add some actual primer to your walls to help with the painting effort. If so, you’ll want to save yourself some time by mixing that primer ahead of time. You’ll want to look at the different types of materials used in both your paint, as well as the mixture that makes up your primer to make sure that the two will go together well.

That said, you can save yourself even more time by not using primer when you don’t necessarily need to do so. If you have already cleaned your wall, for example, and there aren’t any major cracks or dents over which you are planning to paint, there is a strong chance that you could get by without having to actually add primer in the first place.

Make your repainting efforts proceed that much quicker with tips such as these.

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