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Before you start painting the walls of your home, make sure the surfaces are free of any wood rot, mildew, and other forms of damage.

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Question: I am preparing to paint the interior of my house. I have never painted an entire wall before. I don’t even know where to start. No suggestions?

Responnse: Oh, I have plenty of suggestions.

Trust the professionals

Once you’ve decided what to paint and the color, go to the paint store, not the paint department of a home improvement store, but an actual paint supply store such as Sherwin-Williams. The staff there know about painting because that’s all they do. A painting professional will advise you on the type of paint (matte, gloss, semi-gloss, etc.), the tools you will need, and how to properly apply that specific type of paint.

Repair and prep before painting

There are probably a few dents or cracks in the walls that you need to repair before painting. Paint alone will not fix them. Even if you don’t have a mess, the walls need to be cleaned or you’ll paint over the dirt and grime.

The quality of any paint job depends on how well the walls are prepared.

Sherwin-Williams explains in its Pro Tip resource, Know Your Substrates, that paint failure is usually a symptom of poor surface preparation. Thorough cleaning of the surface ensures good paint adhesion and helps you get the most out of your topcoat. Other Considerations:


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