Painting Interior Walls – 8 Steps For Doing a Professional Job

Painting Interior Walls

Painting interior walls was done without much thought for perfection before I became a house painter. The only reason I became a house painter is because that was all I thought I knew.

I’m really curious about how I used to even paint a wall. Here are the steps I take today as a professional painter.

1.) First, I like to sand the walls down before doing any painting. I have a pole sander for that. I use 100-grit sandpaper on it. I take off switch and socket covers as I go.

2.) I’m super-fast and good at prep work. The reason for this is because I take all the guess work out of it by first rolling out a primary coat even before cutting in. Sometimes I use a primer but most of the time the first coat is just wall paint.

Recommended tools: Wooster or Purdy Cage frame (7” or 9” frame) and Wooster, Allpro or Purdy 3/8” nap, shed resistant roller cover (7” or 9” covers)

3.) Next I cut in along the top of the wall and then in the corners and along the bottom next to the trim.

Recommended tools: Wooster, Purdy, Allpro, Sherwin Williams, 2” angular paintbrush (good for cutting in sharp lines along the ceiling or next to wood trim).

4.) Next I will dry the wall quickly with a small fan.

5.) Now after sanding the wall, rolling it out, cutting it in, etc. I know the wall pretty well and I can see my defects. Paint doesn’t hide a multitude of sins, it reveals them.

I now will sand and fill all nail holes or repair drywall defects using quick-dry drywall joint compound. This is what makes prep work go fast -– you know exactly what you need to do!

6.) Next, I sand the repairs or prepped areas after they dry and paint a coat over them to seal them up.

7.) Next, while the primed spots are drying, I cut in everywhere and then I roll out the wall the final coat.

(I always do like the instructions on the roller cover say to do. When painting interior walls I work in squares forming a “W” or an “M” pattern and filling it in like a square block. I work from left to right rolling out square blocks as I go.)

8.) Now put your switch and socket covers back, you’re done!

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