If your looking for a paint idea for your home the ideas section of this site should help you out. Also, the home page will give you some extra decorating how to advice. You've used the SETTING UP section of this site to get your paint AREAS ready for coating. Now you need to asses the walls prior to starting. Below are step by step instructions for prepping out your ROOMS. If you miss this stage of the paint process you'll not be happy with your final finish. The bold words represent sections of this site that will help you with your interior design paint idea or exterior projects.

1. If your paint idea involves the CEILINGS, assess them for discoloration and imperfections. Minor stains need a blocker like kilz or binz etc. Holes require mudding or caulking then priming. If the ceiling has never been painted or the entire area is damaged from grease, dirt, mold or smoke it'll need a special PRIMER. Check with your paint dealer for guidance.

2. When entire walls are soiled or stained they will also need special coatings. By checking with a supplier they'll assist you with your product selection needs.

3. Small marks like crayon, pen, or water require spot priming with a blocker. Use kilz or binz for this process. After the stains are no longer visable, a putty knife is needed to remove raised marks left from the previous paint idea.

4. Proceed to filling holes. Two DRYWALLING knives work best, a six incher and a three or four inch type. Open your mud container. Use the four inch blade to place a half cup or so of filler onto the six inch knife. Beginning in a corner of the room look for nicks, gouges and holes. Feel each one with your hand to make sure they not raised. If so, use the handle end of your four inch knife to press the imperfection below the previous paint idea. With the same TOOL remove a small dollup of mud from the six inch blade. Apply it to a hole. How you hold the drywall tool is up to you. I like to have the first two fingers on my right hand touching the face of the blade. Be sure the edge of the knife is horizontal to the wall. Pull the mud blade combination towards the FLOOR. If your filler falls onto the drop cloth your using to much mud. Wipe the excess that's on the four inch tool back onto the six inch one. Now use the smaller blade to remove leftover filler from the wall.

5. Travel the room along the walls feeling for imperfections. Press with the end of the drywall tool to lower raised bits then fill the divots. The first hole you started with should be dry by the time you get back to it. If not wait, or proced to another area of the home that needs a paint idea. After filling all the walls once, you'll likely need to go around again. It's better to apply mud in successive layers as opposed to one big blob. Large clumps of filler are difficult to sand and make smooth. Some painters like to pull the knife horizontally across a wall for the first coat of filler. They then go verticaly with the next. Do what's best for your situation.

6. Once the holes are filled and there are no noticable indentations you can get the sander out. A wall that has a number of raised areas needs a pole sanding. It takes practice to get use to this tool but it does a nice job in the end. The closer you are to holding the swivel the less flopping around the sander will do. Also, work from top to botom, as you get better you'll have a nice tight pattern that works for you. One hundred to one hundred and twenty grit paper seems to work best. Newer sandpaper is harder to use and grips the surface more. Older stuff on the other hand dosen't work as well for removing scratches and bumps. If the walls have very few raised tiny hills use a sponge sander and smooth what you've filled. Sand, then feel the areas you've rubbed. Keep doing this until your walls are level and ready for paint.

7. Prior to coating the room, load a roller up with your chosen color. Try to have the sleeve somewhat dry. With the damp cover prime where you've sanded. You'll want to feather out the paint. If you blob LATEX on, marks will be seen through the finish. Also, when a roller cover isn't properly moistend it loses its effectiveness. With some practice, you'll easly know how much gooey colored liquid to apply. Try not to use a BRUSH on areas you've filled, it tends to leave visable lines and marks. If there are numerus mudded imperfections the entire room will need to be primed.

You're set up, stains are blocked, holes are filled, and you've gone over to the CAULKING section to learn about filling spaces around your coated casings. Lets start CUTTING IN that room with your interior paint idea.

Larger holes need repairing, refer to the DRYWALLING section to assist you. If your paint idea involves baseboards jump on over to the MOULDING link in IDEAS. You should be able to hopefuly find the product or project you're looking for on the HOME page. If not send me an e-mail. I will try to answer your question promptly and I won't pass your address along to anyone else.


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