Now that the work of hanging your drywall is nothing but a distant memory, it’s time to prep, prime and paint it. Then comes the fun part; you get to decorate it. Once everything is completed, you will be able to stand back and marvel about how easy it was, in retrospect, to complete your drywall project.
Here’s what you need to do, starting with the inevitable dust.
Drywall dust is an entity all in itself. It needs to be dealt with swiftly and efficiently. Drywall dust has a way of seeping into everything.
Before you paint or prime, you absolutely have to clean off the dust. This may seem like an even more daunting task than the drywall itself, but have no fear because it certainly is doable.
Start by pulling out the vacuum. Vacuum the wall with a brush attachment to begin with; always starting at the top because the dust needs to settle. Make sure to cover every inch of the walls. Drywall dust has a tendency to be there even if you don’t actually see it. You want all the dust gone before you paint.
If you want to make sure you are doing a thorough job, you might want to follow up with a nice soft cloth and wipe down the wall, again going from top to bottom. A microfiber will do wonders.
Wash Installed Drywall
Once you feel you have thoroughly and efficiently wiped off as much of the dust as possible, it’s time to wash down the wall. Simple soap and water should do the trick. Fill a bucket and begin to sponge down the wall one section at a time with soapy water. Follow through with a sponge from a bucket of water only, no soap.
Change the water frequently if you need to, because you want the bucket of water to get rid of dust and not return it to the walls.
Priming and Painting Drywall
Once you feel you have dusted and washed down the wall sufficiently, leave it to dry. When the wall is sufficiently dry you can then prime it. Most home stores would probably recommend that you use a drywall primer. This has an extra added ingredient to make the process go more smoothly.
Don’t forget that you have Spackle and mud on your drywall and you want your paint finish to adhere and give a smooth appearance. After all, that’s the reason why you are doing this project in the first place – to get a brand new look for your room.
The right primer such as drywall primer can give the wall a better finish and prepare it for the next step, which is the painting.
You’ll probably want to give your new room two coats of interior paint. This way you can ensure a finished product that is truly finished. Let the first coat dry and apply the second. Chances are you will be thrilled to have this drywall project over, done and complete.
We use the same great care when we repair drywall during our painting projects. If you would like to inquire about a painting project that includes drywall repair, please give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions and/or give you a free quote.