How to Prep a Room for Painting – Consumer Reports

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Fill gouges. Apply a lightweight, fast-drying spackling compound, such as Fast ’N Final. Rub a tiny dab into the holes using your finger. (With a putty knife, you’re more likely to use too much spackle, leaving lumps.) Let dry, then smooth it down with a dual-sided scrub sponge to clean the wall.

Close gaps. Apply caulk to the gaps around windows and trim using a wet fingertip to smooth it flush as you go.

Remove cobwebs. Paint needs a clean, dry surface to adhere. Dust ceilings, walls, and trim with a duster on a pole extension. Or cover the bristles of a broom with an old pillowcase, and dust.

Clean up. Mix a low-suds detergent such as Spic and Span in a bucket of water. (Sudsy detergents will leave the surface too slippery.) Then use a dual-sided scrub sponge to clean and lightly rub down imperfections, roughing up the surface for better paint adhesion.


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