How to Prep Walls for Painting

Preparing To Paint
Washing your Walls
Washing your walls and trim is a good idea o remove any grime cobwebs dust or stains that could prevent your paint from adhering. just use a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap, justly rubbing your walls in a circular motion. Be sure to rinse using a slightly damp cellulose sponge. 

Painters Tape and Drop Cloth
Check that your walls are thoroughly dry before taping. Use long pieces of tape, (not patchy short ones) that way paint can’t sneak through. Make sure your tape stick firmly to the trim by pressing down with a clean putty knife. Doing this step carefully will help ensure you have clean paint lines. Lay out a drop cloth to protect your flooring and furniture. Old sheets are not always a good choice as paint can seep through the fabric. Canvas drop floats are the most durable, can absorb more paint, and can be reused. You may also use paper or plastic, but be sure to tape them down as they early slide away. 

Starting with a primer base will help you get the true color and shine you selected from your color paint. It also provide a chemical formula to better adhere and protect your top coat. using a brush, paint a narrow strip around your edges and corners. Then fill in the rest of the areas with a roller. If you are going to painting a colored primer, it is better to use a tinted primer rather than white. 

If you want to fill in the small gaps between your molding and wall, you can fill them with an acrylic caulk after priming the wall and trim surface. Make sure your caulk is the paintable kind as it will be listed on the label. Cut the tip of the caulk tube by placing the tip into the hole of the caulk gun handle and squeezing the handle. A knife may also be used. Then puncture the inner seal using the seal puncture tool on the end of most calling guns. load the tube into the gun and squeeze out a little to start the flow. have a damp cotton rag to cleanup access. Starting in a corner, point the tip into the crack and gently squeeze an even flow of caulk into the crack. Wet your finger and use it to smooth out and remove access caulk. Follow the label check dry time before you can begin to paint. 

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