How To Prepare for an Interior Painting Project

By Kathy (Yoder, Colorado, USA)

I loved this video!! It gave me a clear idea of where to start and how to get a professional result.

Video Description; Learn how important the proper preparation for a painting project can be. You can spoil a well-done paint job before opening a can, so take advantage of tips on selecting the ideal drop cloth to prepping the wall and applying primer from the start.

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  1. Kurtjackson

    I know a paint has been designed to show you the many shade possibilities you have if your focus is on one particular color. but your video shows every thing in very correct way. I like it.

  2. Magic Dave

    First off use ONLY canvas drops, no plastic or bed spreads etc… next tape either the floor or carpet BEFORE you cover the room with drops AND do not mask off anything… instead learn proper brushing and cutting techniques and you won’t need to use tape to aid in brushing…

    No need for sanding or degreaser (clean off grease with Lacquer Thinner and rag)

    If you are going to paint the baseboard, caulk it in where it meets the wall, then paint up to the caulking with the baseboard color…

    Spackle cracks and holes, but learn how to spackle correctly and you won’t need to sand any of your patches afterward…

    Caulk wood casings or where ever cracks need it…

    No need to wash walls except if they are EXTREMELY dirty, just dust them clean… and No need to prime walls unless they are currently unfinished or if you are going from a real dark color to a real light color (you can just use the finish coat paint here for priming, giving it a quick-dry wash coat)… But spot prime any scuff marks or stains using a pigmented shellac sealer primer…

    Now if you are finish coating with a flat finish, just go ahead and finish coat (one heavy coat only, APPLIED WITH PROPER ROLLING AND BRUSHING TECHNIQUE) but if you are using a sheen finish (satin, semi or gloss) then you need to first spot prime any spackled ares first…

    BTW the “tape test” is inaccurate use common sense and the priming advice above…

    My Site will explain thing a lot too!

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