How to paint your door and walls

When it comes to painting a house, a “good job” is not enough. Homeowners are looking for a “great” painting job, the finishing touch that will give their house a beautiful interior – quality windows, doors, and trim painting.

Before embarking on a painting job, there are some preparations that are needed to ensure that you get, not just a good, but a great, paint job, one that satisfies the customer and also goes a long way in showcasing the skills of the painter.

Surface preparations

We all know that surface preparation takes time. In fact, given the choice a painter would skip it but that would be disastrous as the results would be undesirable. The attractiveness and durability of any paint coat largely depends on the kind of preparation that was done to the surface. It requires being even and smoothing cracks and holes or any imperfection. If this is not done, the paint will not stick well and the final results will be disappointing. It is not just enough to do surface preparation, it should be done well and to satisfaction.

Wall cleaning

Wall cleaning is important as it helps remove dirt and other particles that may affect the quality of the painting. Exterior walls, due to exposure, may at times appear clean but there are dust and spots which may affect the quality of the finishing. Sometimes fungi grow on the wall due to moisture or poor maintenance, so failure to clean when painting will yield disastrous results. It is worth noting that some of the impurities we are talking about may not be clearly visible, but they are actually present, and through cleaning they will be removed and the journey to a quality painting, one that will please the customer, will have just started. It is an essential step because it also allows the coat to stick properly meaning that what the painter will have done will not need to be repeated any time soon. A painter may be getting himself out of a future job but would have saved greatly for the client. Actually, somebody said that any good professional should work himself out of the jobthrough good quality work. Due to the durability aspect of your work, the client may not hire you anytime soon but will refer you to others who need the service – that is how a business grows.

Fixing the dampness

It is important to check the walls for dampness, wet and discolored spots on the wall are clear indications of humidity. Fixing the walls helps in removing the bacteria as well as ensuring that the room is not contaminated. This not only helps get a good painting job but also takes care of the health concerns related to dampness.


There are a number of benefits that comes with priming as a surface preparation step. One, it hides ugly marks and also helps the surface appear uniform. Priming also adds to the durability of the paint, since it helps it in increasing its adhesion to the surface.

A proper surface preparation process should also include activities such as repairs, patching, sanding, and masking. Following these steps will give you a well-prepared surface and eventually add onto improving the quality of the paint job. This preparation should be done on all the surfaces which are to be painted, whether it’s the walls, doors or windows.

For doors and windows, surface preparation will include filling dents, holes or dings followed by sand smoothing. Previously painted doors should get a quick scuff using 220 grit sand paper. This process will help the newly applied coat to stick properly. The sand smoothed surface should be thoroughly cleaned to ensure that any dust is removed; this can be done using a piece of cloth or dust brush.

The hardware on the windows and door such as hinges, latch and lockset should be removed or well covered to ensure that they are not painted in the process.


The painting process should start by straining the paint using a strainer. Also ensure that the working area is protected. For the doors and windows, ensure paint is applied on all the surfaces even at the top and bottom edges. If the edges have not been painted before, it is necessary to remove the hinge pins in order to reach all the areas. One might argue that this would not be necessary but leaving it unpainted will affect the closing and opening of the door, especially when it contracts and expands due to temperature changes. You do not want a customer to blame you for the changes that may occur on the newly painted door, it would not auger well. Two coats will need to be applied in each surface to ensure completeness and uniformity.

Aim at doing a quality job, it not only makes the house, both interior and exterior, attractive but also increases the life of the paint coat.