Painting Preparation

Proper painting preparation ensures a safe and worthwhile painting experience. Get tips and techniques from these articles.


Many homeowners love the look of wallpaper. But if you're not one of them, wallpaper can prove to be a total pain to remove. It would be so easy to just paint over it -- or would it?

Here's the classic definition of boredom -- sitting around and watching paint dry. But if you knew exactly what happens during those minutes and hours when paint morphs from a sloshing liquid into a thin, glossy film, you'd be fascinated.

Various factors go into determining how much paint you'll need for a job. These tips will help you estimate interior paint. Learn about them here.

If you live in an older home chances are there are areas that need scraping. Simply painting over the cracked or chipped area will cause the paint to peel. Learn paint scarping techniques with the help of this article.

Before you take on a paint job, learn tips on masking surfaces to make the task go more smoothly in this helpful article.

Check out this home improvement article for tips on removing old paint by using such techniques as scraping, sanding, and others.

Learn all about exterior painting preparation, which includes removing light fixtures and other accessories, in this home improvement article.

Preparing the exterior of your home for painting may expose some popped nails. Learn about resetting popped nails in this helpful article.

Trees, bushes, and ornamental shrubs can get in the way of painting the exterior of your home. Find tips on covering shrubs only at HowStuffWorks.

Before you begin to paint, it's best to have a clean, flawless surface. Learn about interior painting preparation, and how to wash and make repairs to get a surface ready for paint.