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Home Improvement Painting 101

When it comes to applying paint to your walls there are many things to get your walls looking their best. The following article will discuss how to make your walls look their best the next time you paint. Continue reading for expert tips to get your walls ready for a new coat of paint.

Remove All Nails From Your Walls

Tip: If you are unable to get rid of a persistent squeak in a door, you may need to replace the hinge. You can buy one at a hardware store.

Before beginning any painting project, you need to get your walls ready for the paint. The first step in wall preparation is to remove all photographs and shelves from your walls. Then, you will need to remove all the nails from your walls. Removing the nails will ensure that you can quickly and effortlessly roll the primer and paint onto your walls.

Cover Any Holes

Tip: Check out the floors underneath any rugs or coverings before spending money on new flooring. Sometimes, people find that they have hardwood under their linoleum or carpet that just needs to be refinished.

Once all the nails are removed, it is time to begin filling the nail holes. This can be accomplished with a bucket of joint compound and a putty knife. To fill the holes simply get a small amount of joint compound on your putty knife and press into the hole. Then, take your putty knife and gently scrape over the area to remove the excess joint compound. Allow to dry completely. Then, gently remove any excess joint compound from the wall using a damp rag.

Degreaser

Tip: Write out a list of all things that your home needs before you set out to your favorite home improvement store. When you know exactly what you need, you'll never forget anything.

All traces of oil should be removed from your walls before painting. To ensure that your walls are ready for paint, wash your walls using a degreaser. After you have washed your walls, rinse them well and allow to dry completely before beginning to paint.

Primer

Tip: Use old baby food jars to add organization to your workspace. You should screw or glue the lids under a wall shelf.

Priming your walls with a good primer is the first line of defense for beautiful walls. For best results, apply at least two coats of primer to your walls before painting. Each coat of primer should be allowed to dry for a minimum of 4 hours before applying the next coat. Additionally, lightly sanding your walls after each coat of primer will help ensure your walls are perfectly smooth.

Painting Supplies

Tip: If you have just bought a home that sits next to an empty lot or thick woods, think about erecting a wood or chain link fence to surround your back yard. This will keep animals out of your yard.

It is now time to begin gathering your painting supplies. You will need several old rags to clean up any spills. Also, get a variety of brushes. These brushes should include a 4 inch wide brush to help trim out along the baseboards and ceilings. You will also need an angled brush to trim out around windows and door frames. Next, you will need a high quality roller along with a paint tray. Many people also prefer to have a pouring spout for the top of their paint can. A spout allows you to pour the paint without accidentally spilling any. Finally, you will need either a painter's tarp or an old sheet to protect your floors from any drips.

After you have done the aforementioned steps and gathered your painting supplies, you are ready to begin painting your walls. Invite a few friends over and crank up the radio to help your painting day go by quickly. You will be rewarded with freshly painted walls and a beautiful interior.

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