Step One, Protection Of Surfaces
Drop cloths are placed throughout the areas being painted. Our paint supplies are all contained on top of them. Any additional surfaces or items that need protecting in the space are fully covered with plastic. If the baseboards are being painted the floor is taped off where it meets them.
Step Two, Preparing The Surfaces
Depending on the condition of the rooms we are painting the preparation can be just as much work as the painting itself. It’s not uncommon for walls to look like they have a case of the chicken pocks by the time we are done patching them. Over time walls get small nicks and dings, many of them are won’t even be aware of until it is time to paint.
We give all the walls and surfaces a light sanding before we do any painting. We had to do some heavier sanding on many areas of these walls to try and smooth them out. There were issues from previous painting work.
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. A light overall sanding is done to ensure smooth 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, it’s also had a bad paint job. Caulking is put between the edge of the trim and the wall to create nice look when we are finished painting.
Step Three, The Painting
If any ceilings are being done they are the first thing to be painted, typically two coats of paint are either rolled or sprayed onto the ceilings. If there are any significant stains or discolouration from smoking we apply a sealer paint that will ensure the stains never bleed through the new paint. The next painting is to the trim work. We apply two coats of paint to all the baseboards, trim work and any other decorative trim such as crown molding. This is a the part of the painting that takes can take a lot of time, especially if the trim work is full 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 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. When completed it gives an attractive seamless and clean look. We apply two coats of paint to the walls, a primer may be needed if there is a drastic colour change. Do we ever apply just one coat? Rarely. One coat would be acceptable if is the same wall or trim colour being applied in the same type of paint and sheen with little or no patching. Once all the painting is done 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. 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 so the hired us to give it professional paint job so that it could present at it’s 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.