When you decide to paint your house walls, you must bear in your mind that to guarantee the result, the preparation of the walls is more important than the painting, in the strict sense of the word. This phase of the work takes up most of the time and when the walls are particularly decaying, it can represent 70-80% of the whole work.
Getting the supplies and tools you need is the first thing to do.
Scrapers, a brush, a wall brush (classic big rectangular brush used by decorators) and/or a roller with an extension pole for the ceiling and the higher section of the walls, a flat brush and a round one, smaller than the wall brush, as they’ll be used for little surfaces, corners and edges around windows and frames, a bucket for the paint, a plastic grid for the roller painting, ladder and/or trestle.
Painter’s tape and newspaper sheets to protect doors, windows, electrical outlets and baseboard. Plastic cloths to cover furniture and the floor, wall putty, sandpaper and the right amount of the paint BabyPaint (you should consider 1 litre every 10 square metres of walls).
After carefully covering and protecting everything, you may start evaluating the old paint and decide whether to paint on the old paint or to remove it completely.
We suggest evaluating with the greatest attention the old paint. Do the “tape test”, which is easy and efficient.
Stick a piece of sellotape on the old paint, after a few minutes, remove it firmly; if the old paint doesn’t come off, you should have a surface dense enough therefore ready to be covered with the new paint; otherwise, if the old paint sticks to the tape and comes off, you’ll need much patience: all the old paint needs to be removed. The walls previously painted with distemper will not be dense enough and ready to be covered with the new paint as it may not properly adhere, so distemper needs to be completely removed with a paint scraper, after damping the walls with warm water to make the removal easier.
Remove any nails and hooks from the wall and spackle any holes or imperfections, sand smooth with sandpaper finer and finer, the surface has to be smooth.
Clean the walls with a damp cloth to remove dust.
It would be better for you to use a coat of our fixative BabyFix to block and stabilize the residual dust which may be present on the walls.
Now you’ll be ready to paint the walls.
BabyPaint is a ready-to-use water-based paint. A minimum dilution with water is required and the addition of water has to be done in small quantities when you need it; it’s really essential to mix up the paint before using it. Remember that if you use the roller you’ll need a thicker paint than if using a wall brush which requires a more fluid paint.
Start painting from the ceiling, and then pass to the walls.
A good painting will require at least two coats of paint, which may become more if the old paint is much darker than the new one.