Step One, Protection Of Surfaces
- Drop Cloths
Drop cloths are placed throughout the areas being painted. Our paint supplies are all contained on top of them. Any additional surfaces or furnishings that need protecting are covered with plastic.
Step Two, Preparing The Surfaces
Depending on the condition of the rooms the preparation can be just as much work as the painting itself if not more. It’s not uncommon for walls to be riddled with patching spots by the time we are done. Many of them you may not be aware of until the painting process starts. We throughly go over the walls looking for nicks and dings in addition to any unwanted nail or screw holes or holes from where unwanted curtain rods or hanging shelving has been removed.
We sand the patches once they are dry and then we also give the entire wall surfaces a light sanding. If the walls are generally in good shape this may be all the sanding that is required.
When the walls are in bad shape it’s often due to past paint jobs that were poorly done. Years of paint layers with improper sanding and patching can be full of bumps, runs and drips. This requires heavier sanding to try and smooth the walls out.
The baseboards in this condo had never been caulked. Caulking the corners, joints, and especially the top of the baseboards makes a remarkable improvement in the finished look. A smooth bead of caulking is applied to the top of the boards before any surfaces are painted. Any other imperfections in baseboards or trims are patched and sanded and then a light overall sanding is done.
Once the caulking has dried the baseboards and the wall can be painted.The caulking creates a seamless transition between the two surfaces.
Before the caulking was applied the crack between the top of the baseboard and wall is visible. It’s not very attractive looking.
The same procedure is done for window and door trim or any other type of trim work that has cracks or gaps where it meets up with the walls. In this photo you can see a significant gap between the door trim and the wall along with the bad paint job. We will fill the gap with caulking.
Here’s the finished result after the trim work and wall has been painted. It’s a seamless transition between the two surfaces.
Step Three, The Painting
- Any Neccesary Taping
- Trim Work
If any ceilings are being painted they are done first. If there are any significant stains or discolouration from smoking or water damage we apply a special sealer that ensures they will not bleed through. The next painting is the trim work. We apply two coats of paint to all the baseboards, window trims, liners, door casings and jambs and any other decorative trim such as crown molding. This is a the part of the painting that can take a lot of time, especially if the trim has a lot of detail. We need to wait for drying in between coats and then when the final coat is dry we can start to paint the walls.
A primer may need to be applied to the walls if there is a drastic colour change or if it’s a special type of surface being painted. Then the first coat of paint colour can be applied. A sharp cut in line is done along the top of the baseboards and against any door or window trims covering up any caulking that slightly over laps onto the wall. A cut in line is done at the top of the walls where they meet the ceiling. Then the entire surface of the walls is rolled out. After the first coat of colour has been applied there may be a few missed spots that need to be patched that we couldn’t previously see. We patch and sand them and then spot prime them. The final cut in and rolling process is repeated again with the second coat of the paint colour. When the painting is completed it is an attractive, seamless and clean look between the trim work and the walls. The final clean up begins and we can return the space back to the home owners.
Here are some before and after photos of a condo we were hired to paint. It’s the same one featured in some of the photos above. It had been previously painted in some vibrant colour choices and unfortunately was not done by a skilled painter. It’s probably one of the most extreme patching and sanding jobs we have done to date. Drips and sags of paint were all over the walls and many areas of the trim work and baseboards had wall paint on them. We had to resort to using a power sander on the worst areas.
None of the baseboards had been caulked at the top against the wall and gaps were also present in many areas where the door and window trims meet the wall. The owners were getting the condo prepared to sell. They hired us to give it professional paint job so that it could look at its best. Bringing the walls back to a nice smooth finish and having a neutral paint colour will appeal to a much wider group of buyers.