We will take off all outlet covers as well as take down pictures or other objects and move all furniture. If we are painting the ceiling, we will plastic over the whole room; if just walls, we will plastic around the outside.
We putty any small holes, and with bigger holes or cracks we use a combo of putty and caulk, sand, and spot texture those areas. We can even fill bigger holes by backing a piece of sheetrock with a 2x4 to fill in that patch. If certain areas are really dirty or greasy they can be washed down prior to painting.
We use a tape and clear caulk method to prevent bleed through to make perfect cut edges. We start by backing the tape about a quarter inch off the wall, then run clear caulking along the edge. This fills in the dark cracks between the baseboard and the wall, and prevents any bleed through no matter how resistant some tapes claim to be.
This is not an essential step for most situations. Paint will adhere to paint no problem, just as long as you are sticking with the same sheen or higher. Priming is required over putty spots and in areas of staining or discoloration.
To complete each project, we brush in along edges and roll out the main surface. We will only spray in certain specific situations. We will also brush trim and other specialty surfaces.