In most cases, the steps that are taken to prepare for a task are almost as time-consuming as the actual undertaking. Painting is no different.
If you try to skip the prep work, you will regret how much more time you will spend on touch-ups, and you will probably spend more money because you will have to apply way more paint layers than necessary.
Preparation includes cleaning the walls, sanding rough spots, taping off the areas you don’t want to paint, and moving or covering furniture. Getting paint off of your couch is a whole different subject, so why even take the chance?
Another fundamental part of re-painting a wall is that there will be a number of nail holes and divots in the drywall that you need to fix before you start. This post offers some advice on this topic:
Before You Paint: Painting Preparation Checklist
Patch up the holes
You want to have a smooth surface to paint on. This will help the paint go on smoothly and evenly. Remember the time you flung the door open so fast the lock on the doorknob left a small hole in the dry wall? You’re going to want to fix that. Painting over it won’t make it go away! Even small holes like those from a thumbtack should be filled. The good news is these are a really easy fix. For larger holes you might want to consider purchasing a drywall repair kit, but for smaller ones, you may just need a putty knife and some drywall-patching compound. In college, I used toothpaste to fill the holes…but I’m not sure if I would recommend that.
Read the full post here: Before You Paint: Painting Preparation Checklist
Once you’ve got everything all set up, not a drop of the colored paint should go on before the wall is primed. Paint primer is made to coat the under surface, ensuring the final coat will adhere. Primer also increases the life of the paint by adding an additional layer of protection.
Even though it is thinner than regular paint, it completely seals the pores in the drywall or any area you plan to repaint. This video provides a quick description of why priming your walls before painting is so important:
There are a number of different types of primers. As I mentioned above, if you are painting brand new drywall, then you need to use a drywall primer. However, if you are repainting a wall to cover stains or odors, then you want to use a primer such as Kilz. This type of primer also works best on areas that are prone to moisture such as a bathroom or laundry room.
Painting wood is a whole different story. Slower-drying oil-based primers can work well on bare wood. Shellac is even a good choice as a primer in that situation because it is fast drying and keeps stains and odors from bleeding through the topcoat.
There are also tinted primers in case you are switching from a dark shade back to light to make that process easier. There are even paints that have the primer included, so an all-in-one solution.
The average cost of a gallon of primer ranges anywhere from $15 to $50 depending on the brand and where you buy it.
This graph gives the national average of the expense of hiring a painting contractor to paint an interior room:
Of course, that amount would include all of the supplies and labor, but if you are tight on time and don’t want to tie up your weekends with painting projects, that is what it costs to hire it out.
To employ a Denver CO painting contractor, the price is above the national average at $3,500, with the typical range being from $1,500 to $6,000. Our painting pros strive to do top-notch work with competitive prices, so the best of both worlds.