Your kitchen walls are subject to the most abuse in your home thanks to extreme heat, moisture, spills and food stains. This makes it important to refresh the look of timeworn kitchen walls from time to time. While you've probably hired a residential painter to do the painting job for a flawless finish, you can undertake some preparatory work on your own if you're looking to save on labour. This guide will help you get your kitchen walls paint-ready.
Clean Kitchen Walls With Detergent and Water
Cleaning your kitchen walls thoroughly will help the paint adhere better to the wall surface. This cleaning action will also remove the layer of grease, grime and oil stains that arise with cooking in kitchens. Add a few drops of detergent liquid into lukewarm water and use a sponge to start cleaning the wall surface. You will need to scrub the surface a few times to tackle all the grease and grime. Let the walls dry for a few hours.
Sand Your Kitchen Walls
Once the walls dry, you will need to sand them down with medium-grit sandpaper to remove any bubbles, imperfections or humps that develop on the wall surface. Avoid using coarse sandpaper because it may cause further gouges and marks, which will cause your walls to look unsightly.
Close All Holes and Gouges With Paint Fillers
Previous holes and gouges will need to be filled using gap fillers available at most home improvement stores. These gap fillers come in tubes, so you simply need to squeeze the paste out and apply it to the wall surface with a putty knife. Let the gap filler dry based on the recommended drying time and sand the surface once again with fine sandpaper to give it a smooth finish. Don't use anything coarser because this will leave lines in the walls, which may show after the residential painter does his painting job. Sanding should always be undertaken in a circular motion for a smooth appearance.
Apply Masking Tape to All Grooves and Corners
The grooves and corners between to-be-painted walls and ceilings, windows, doors and floors should be covered with masking or painter's tape to prevent the paint from spilling onto additional areas. Place this masking tape along the corners because this will drastically reduce your cleanup job after the residential painter completes the painting task. Your kitchen walls are now ready for painting.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to prepare your kitchen walls for painting before the residential painter arrives.
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