Surface Preparation


Before you start, remove draperies, pictures, mirrors, switch and receptacle plates and all hardware. Cover all furniture and the floor with drop cloths. Loosen lighting fixtures or cover with masking tape.
For properly prepared surface use the appropriate Primer & Sealer or undercoater to ensure a premium long lasting paint job.

  • Bare Wood: Fill nail holes, joints and cracks with patching paste. Sand the surface smooth and clean sanding dust with a damp cloth. Prime bare or patched areas with a Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer.
  • Plaster Walls: Must be dry, cured and hard. Textured or swirl types and soft porous or powdery plaster must be treated with a solution of one pint household vinegar in one gallon of water. Repeat until surface is hard. Rinse with plain water and let dry. Apply a Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer.
  • New Drywall and Wallboard: All panels joints must be taped and filled prior to painting. When joint compound and/or patching materials are thoroughly dry, sand smooth and wipe away dust with a dampened cloth. Prime with Drywall Primer & Sealer if topcoating with ceiling paint or a flat or eggshell topcoat.
  • Wallpaper Areas: It is best to use a chemical wallpaper remover or to rent a steamer to remove wallpaper before painting. Use a chemical remover to wash off remaining paste and sizing. Rinse well and let dry before painting. If you choose to paint over wallpaper, it must be firm and even. Paste down any loose sections and remove all dirt and grease. Prime with Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer

Previously Painted Surfaces including Metal: Wash off dirt, grease, soap and oil build-up with a household detergent. In extremely greasy/dirty areas you will want to go to the local hardware store and pick up a quart of TSP, in liquid form. Mix 5 parts water to one part TSP, apply with spray bottle to larger areas, let set for a few minutes then wipe off with warm, clean sponges or rags. Smaller areas you may simply apply AND wipe off with sponge or rags…just rinse them totally clean prior to drying off wall. In either case, the idea is to not let the TSP dry and be left behind, OK?
Next, remove any loose paint, lightly sand where needed, then patch small holes and cracks with spackling compound. Allow filled areas to dry completely, then sand smooth. Dull any visible glossy areas, such as where semi-gloss paint was previously used, by sanding very lightly/briefly. The idea here, folks, is simply to give the next coat of paint some “teeth” to grab onto the glossy stuff by scratching it up a little.
Lastly, apply a coat of Stain-blocking Primer and Sealer, followed by two final, or “topcoats” of your favorite colors.
And most importantly, try to have some fun!!!!!

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