If you're planning a big painting project around your home and are looking for ways to cut the cost of the job, consider doing the paint prep work yourself. It's not as hard as you might think and can save you quite a bit off the cost of getting the job done. Here's a few tips to help you get it done right.
Sometimes, finding the flaws in your walls can be difficult. Turn on the lights in the room and walk around taking a close look at each square foot of the wall from different angles. Tilt your head, bend your knees, and really look closely. Use a pencil to put an "X" on each flaw that you find so you won't have a hard time finding it later.
Now, turn off the lights, draw the drapes closed and use a flashlight to examine each section of the wall. This will give you a very clear view of the wall and the flashlight will help to cast shadows on different types of flaws that might otherwise have been missed.
Nab the Nails
Nails can sometimes pop out a bit and begin to protrude. Don't just grab a hammer and pound them back in because they will eventually work themselves back out again. Instead, remove the nail and use a drywall screw to replace it.
Skim a coat of drywall compound over the screw head and let it dry. Sand it smooth and coat it with another thin layer of compound. Allow it to dry once more, sand smooth and examine the area. If it is flush and looks nice, you are ready to move onto the next step.
Primp the Paper
If the drywall paper has begun to peel in an area, don't just paint over it. You will be left with an ugly finish. Instead, use a sharp razor knife to cut the torn paper and peel it away gently. Once you have removed the peeling paper, skim the area with a thin coat of drywall compound and let it dry. Sand it and then skim it with another coat. Repeat until the area looks as good as the rest of the wall.
These three steps can take a bit off of the cost of having the paint work done for you and leave the walls looking professionally finished as you would like. If you aren't comfortable doing this work on your own, talk with your painters about the prep work being done for you.
Get in touch with a business like AAA Action Painting for more help.