the surface you're about to paint. Although it's hard
to notice on a day to day basis, interior surfaces accumulate
dirt, fingerprints, and a variety of stains and contamination
that dull and diminish your home's appearance. A coat
of paint won't correct or cure these surface flaws, so
you have to address them before you paint or they'll undermine
the quality, look and longevity of your paint job.
Proper surface preparation often takes much longer than
the actual application of paint. Be sure to allow for
this important step in your budget and schedule.
Clean the area
Prepare glossy surfaces
other unpainted surfaces
previously painted surfaces
Prepare stained and discoloured
Prepare wallpapered surfaces
Dealing with the dangers
Dealing with old, lead-based
CAUTION: Be sure to
take the appropriate precautions when preparing surfaces which
may contain harmful materials such as lead or asbestos. See
our recommendations under the 'Prepare The Surface' section.