6 Tips on Prepping Walls for Painting

6 Tips on Prepping Walls for Painting

Painting walls can be troubling when there numerous wall flaws that will disrupt your painting. Luckily, there are a lot of quick fixes for wall issues that will get your surfaces even and ready for paint.

We’ve collected a list of six common problems with walls that people run into when they go to paint or repaint a room and the solutions to these problems.

1. Stained Walls


When going to paint a stained wall, you should first try to wash off the stain. If this fails to work apply a stain-blocking primer with a paint roller. This will keep the stain from bleeding through the new paint.

2. Popped Nails in Walls


For a popped nail put a 1-1/4-inch drywall screw into the wall either 2 inches below or above the popped nail.  After this, pry out the popped nail while holding a putty knife below the pry bar to guard the wall.

Next use your putty knife to tap the empty nail hole which will then knock the protruding drywall remains into the wall. Last, use three coats of joint compound to seal up the nail hole and cover up the screw head.

3. Glue Spots on Walls


Glue spots are easy to remove. Use a utility knife to score the paper and then peel off the old glue. You can also use sandpaper in smaller areas where you find leftover glue.

If you create any accidental gouges during the removal of the glue, they can be filled with compound and sanded smooth.

4. Torn Paper on Walls


First, cut away any loose paper from the torn area. Next, use a stain-block primer to seal the visible drywall. Once the primer has dried, sand the visible drywall edges to remove paper nubs.

After this, use a thin layer of joint compound to cover the gouge. Finally, apply a second coat if needed, and feather it out across the wall. Once the surface is dry, sand the surface smooth.

5. Mark and Repair Hidden Flaws on Walls


To find minor flaws on your walls turn off all of the lighting fixtures in the room and close the curtains. Next, hold a trouble light next to the wall and run it across the surface.

Whenever you come across a blemish place a piece of tape next to the problem so you can quickly find it when you’re ready to repair with spackling or joint compound.

6. Holes in Walls


To repair small holes in your wall use a spackling compound, for large holes use joint compounds. Simply apply a thin layer of the compounds with a putty knife.

Apply two additional coats after the first one dries. Sand the surface between coats. Use fine-grit paper to sand the surface after the final coat.

Once all of your minor flaws are fixed your walls will finally be ready for paint. Several even coats of paint will have your walls looking new again.

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(Photos Courtesy of Bernhard Shwarz, dotpolka, Chu 3D, Mario Valenta)

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