One of the biggest things that separate a professional painter from an amateur is the amount of preparation work that is done before a paintbrush is even wielded. Not only will proper preparation lead to a much better finish but it will also save you time and money as you won’t need to redo the painting. So with that in mind let’s take a look at the top techniques and tools you will need for proper preparation.
The first step is to thoroughly wash down the surface that is to be painted. This is particularly important for woodwork and one of the keys to create a stable base for new paint. The tools you will need include a couple of buckets, sponges and detergent such as sugar soap. Using one bucket filled with detergent start from the bottom of your surface and work your way upwards. Once you have finished you will need to rinse the area using clean water and a new sponge which is why we recommend a couple of buckets.