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Interior Home Painting Tips

Procoat Painting - Thursday, September 01, 2016

Painting the interior of your home helps set a mood and creates atmosphere.

If you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint that you apply will easily chip or peel off. Before you paint anything, be sure to clean grimy areas with a deglosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for pre-paint cleaning.

These products work well for cleaning painted, varnished or enameled surfaces, and they help improve the adhesion of the new paint. They’re also ideal for cleaning greasy or oily areas like your kitchen and bathroom walls, and for removing hand marks around light switches and doorknobs.

To use these cleaners, wipe the cleaner onto the surface in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad (if the grime or dirt is bad).

Start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up with your cleaner. After the surface is clean, make sure you fill in any nicks and holes, and then sand them smooth before you paint.

The cleaners are available at your local home centers (Home Depot, Lowes, etc) or paint stores. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection when you’re using these, and keep them away from your children and pets.



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Comments
Taylor Bishop commented on 12-Dec-2017 08:00 AM
Thanks for these painting tips. I didn't know that you should start using the cleaner at the bottom and move your way up. I'm kind of interested to learn why this is and if it can affect the overall process if it's done correctly.
Derek Dewitt commented on 29-May-2018 09:04 AM
My wife and I want to repaint our house this summer, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about cleaning the walls before painting. I can see how oil and dirt can mess up the new paint, so we'll be sure to do this first.

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