Guide to Proper Order of Interior Painting in Mussel Shoals, CA; Ceiling, Walls & Trim
When it comes to doing a full painting project, and the whole room needs to be painted including the ceiling, trim and walls, you may wonder where to start. When it comes to painting an entire room there is a proper order to follow that ensures the project will go smoothly. Professional painters always follow the same order to ensure a quality finish. McKay’s Painting will share in what order to paint each surface and why.
How to Paint a Room Professionally
Step 1. Paint Ceilings: When the ceiling needs to be painted and is included in the rest of the painting project, you will want to start with the ceiling. Painting a ceiling is the most difficult to control as dripping and splattering can ruin a fresh paint job. Due to the lack of control, ceilings should always be painted first.
This way if dripping or splattering occurs; you can clean and remove the unwanted paint without ruining the previous painting project.
Step 2. Paint Trim: Before you begin painting the walls and after you’ve completed the ceiling you will want to do all of your trim work next. Trim can be rather tricky and sometimes can get on the walls. Most people will save the trim for last, but they often find they can get paint on their freshly painted walls. To avoid ruining the walls, professional painters will always do trim work before they paint the walls.
Step 3. Paint the Cut-Ins: The last detail painting job before you begin painting the walls is painting the cut-ins. The cut-ins are the edges or corners where the walls, ceiling and floor or trim meets. The edges can be difficult since all of the trim and ceiling painting has been completed. You don’t want to ruin your hard work doing the cut-ins. If you are doing your own painting it is strongly recommended you use painter tape to protect the edges of the painted ceiling and trim. This way you are less likely to accidentally get paint on your previous work. After you get all of the cut-in work done you can move on to painting the walls.
Step 4. Painting the Walls: Now that the ceiling, trim and cut-ins are painted you now can begin painting the wall. Keep the painter tape on until the very end and all of the paint is dry. Always start at the top of the wall and work your way half way down and then go across. Once the top half is painted, paint the bottom half. Again, start at the top going down and work to the side. For a clean finish make sure to always do two coats.
Step 5. Unwrap and Clean Up: After all of the painting has finished drying, you can clean up and remove all of the tape. Don’t just rip the tape off. Instead, use a utility knife and run it across the edge of the tape and paint. Often the tape will peel some of the paint off when it is removed. By cutting the edge first, it will help the tape peel off without taking any paint with it.