Interior surfaces do need a bit of attention before you apply any paint to them. In most situations, the work that is needed is fairly minor. Still, spending a bit of time improving the surface can help you to have a better finished look to your project. Consider the following tips and methods to improving the surface of most interior projects so that you can have a great finished look to your project.
Removing Paint and Varnish
On some surfaces, it is important to remove the paint or varnish on the surface before applying another color to it. This does not have to be a difficult process, though. In most cases, it just takes using the right products effectively. If the surface has several layers of paint, and the home is older, be careful when removing the paint. In some cases, this could be paint that is lead based, which takes a special process to remove (including wearing safety masks and ensuring that the paint is completely removed and discarded.)
The following at some tips to help you with removing paint and varnish from the surfaces you plan to paint.
Invest in a chemical solvent. You can also use sandpaper on some surfaces or a heat application. This can help you to remove the layers of paint easily, though, since the chemicals can help to blister the existing paint without doing any damage to the surface itself.
Using gloves and a mask, apply the chemical solvent to the surface according to the manufacturer’s directions. Then, allow it to sit for at least ten minutes. This allows for the chemical to get into the paint and start to lift it from the surface.
Use a flat edge scrapper to remove these layers of paint. Keep it at an angle so that you do not damage the surface itself. Scrap off as much of the paint that will come off without gouging into the surface.
Use sandpaper or another coat of the chemical solvent to continue to remove the rest of the paint.
Allow the surface to fully dry for 24 hours before trying to apply any additional paint to the surface. This will allow enough time for the chemicals to evaporate enough that you can paint over them.
Whenever it is possible to remove the paint or varnish from the surface, do so. This allows you to have a better coat of your own paint over the top. It also can help to keep the surface healthy and in good condition. You can often paint over the top of the existing paint, especially if it is a flat paint, but removing these layers can help to improve the surface enough to give you that professional look.