5 Things You Must Do Before Painting

Painting can breathe new life into your home, but preparation is key to achieving a flawless finish that lasts. The prep work can be a daunting task. Before you pick up that paintbrush, here are five essential things you must do to ensure a successful painting project.

Clean Thoroughly

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The first step is to ensure the surface is clean and free from dirt, dust, grease, and grime. Use a mixture of water and mild detergent to scrub away any surface contaminants. Rinse well and let it dry completely. For exteriors, pressure washing can be a great way to get rid of built-up dirt. Kings of Clean can give you a free quote of our pressure washing services.

Clean Thoroughly Before Painting


Before you start painting, take the time to protect surrounding areas. Cover floors and furniture with drop cloths or plastic sheets. Use painter's tape to mask off areas you don't want to paint, such as trim, windows, or fixtures. Be sure to remove the painter's tape while the final coat is still wet to avoid pulling off chips of the dried paint.

Repair and Patch Pre Paint

Repair and Patch

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Inspect the surface for any cracks, holes, or imperfections. Patch and repair any damage using the appropriate filler. Ensure the surface is smooth and even before proceeding.


Sanding is crucial to create a smooth and uniform surface. Sand down any rough areas, uneven paint, or drips from previous paint jobs. It provides a better bond for the new paint and improves the overall finish.

Prime the Surface

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Priming is often an overlooked step but is vital for certain surfaces. Primer helps the paint adhere better and provides a uniform base for the paint. If you're transitioning from dark to light colors or painting over a porous or repaired surface, a good quality primer is a must.

Prime the Surface Pre Paint

Before you embark on your next painting project, remember that the key to a professional finish lies in the preparation. If you're unsure about any of these steps or need expert assistance, reach out to Kings of Clean. Our team of professionals can handle the entire process, from preparation to painting, ensuring your project is a success. Contact us today to discuss your painting needs and let us help you transform your space with a fresh coat of paint that will stand the test of time.