A splash of color can add new life to a room and totally change the personality of the space. Regardless of the color of paint you choose, for the best result, it is important to first repair cracks, holes or rough areas of the wall or surface to be painted. Paint cannot hide surface imperfections. Follow these simple steps to ensure your surfaces are ready to be painted.
First, wash the walls with a light detergent solution and a wet sponge, from the bottom up. This will prevent streaking. Pay close attention to areas that are dirty or are frequently touched.
Next, inspect the walls and/or surfaces to be painted closely. Look for cracks, gaps, holes and rough areas.
For small cracks and openings around baseboards, molding and trim, use painter’s caulk to ensure a clean, smooth appearance without any unsightly gaps.
For larger cracks, holes and rough areas, use drywall compound or spackling paste to fill each gap. Later, when the compound is dry to the touch, lightly sand the repair with fine-grit (150-200 grit) sandpaper until smooth. Try drywall sanding screen for smoothing areas. Tape a bag under the area being sanded to catch dust and minimize the mess.
Taking time to make necessary repairs will ensure a smooth and professional-looking painting project when you are done.