How to prepare an interior wall

– Remove any fixture, such as picture hooks and light switch covers.
– Place drop cloths on floors and on any furnishings that must remain in the room.
– Wash wall with a soapy solution ( a small amount of detergent in a bucket of water) to get rid of any dust. Rinse the walls to remove any traces of soap and allow time to dry. This means the paint will adhere to the wall, not the dust.
– If any mould is present, use a bleach solution to remove it from walls. Carefully apply the bleach solution to walls using a sponge and leave to soak for 15 minuets. Rinse thoroughly and again, allow them to dry completely.
– Assess the walls for any damages or surface lumps and bumps.
– If existing paint is peeling or flaking, scrape back the area to remove the loose paint, then gently sand the surface so no edges of the old paint are obvious.
– Fill any dents or nail holes in the walls with a pre-mixed filler, using filling blades.
– Use acrylic gap sealant for cracks or gaps in areas where there may be movement ( near doors and windows.)
– Once the fillers and sealers have set, sand down these areas, While you’re there, sand down any rough or shiny spots to improve adhesion and finish.
– Spot prime the filled area with primer sealer undercoat.
– To finish, apply painter masking tape to fittings which can’t be removed and any edges which may be fiddly and difficult to paint around, such as skirting boards and fixed shelving.
– One your wall is prepped, you’re ready to get started. Let’s go paint!
> Time: An hour to a day
+ Depends on wall size and the amount of flaws it has

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