Mrs. Fixit: Painting Prep

May 16, 2009 5:11:26 AM PDT
If you want a flawless paint jpb you have to do the prep work before you start to paint. Well, I have some ideas to help you out.

If your kids have written or colored on the walls you need to get those stains off. Try some baking soda on a damp cloth or an eraser sponge to get those spots off.

If they won't come off make sure you hit the spots with some stain sealing primer before you paint.

Then wash the walls, easpecially if it's a high traffic area. Greasy little fingerprints can keep paint from adhereing the way you want. A plain old vinegar and water mixture will do the trick.

Fill in any nail holes, dings and dents with a wall patching compound. I love the kind that goes on colored and turns white when it's dry that way you don't try to sand before it's ready and mess up the paint job.

If you're painting woodwork you'll want to scrape any flaking, peeling paint with a five in one tool and then fill in any gaps with caulk.

These simple preparation steps will make your paint look like it was rolled on brand new walls and doors. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!

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