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Gaps and cracks should be filled with a suitable filler and sanded lightly to an even finish.

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Step 4: Surface Preparation

Proper surface preparation is just as crucial as proper painting techniques. The great majority of paint failures are attributed to inadequate surface preparation.

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1. It is essential that the surface to be painted is thoroughly clean and dry.

Removal of dirt, dust and grease: Clean surface with a cleaner such as household detergent and water or sugar soap (if greasy or heavily soiled) and rinse thoroughly.

Glossy surfaces: Sand glossy surfaces until dull with sandpaper to promote adhesion.

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2. Be sure to repair any surface imperfections/damage.

Gaps and seams: Fill all cracks and seams with paintable acrylic gap sealer. Prime the area.

Holes: Fill all holes with patching compound and sand smooth. Prime the area.

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3. Peeling Paint

Scrape or sand to completely remove any peeling paint. Feather sand to a smooth edge and remove dust. Prime the area.

Keep reading...

Step 1: How much paint do I need?

Step 2: Which sheen should I use?

Step 3: Choosing the right Prep Coat

Step 4: Prepare the surface

Step 5: Let's paint Ceilings and Walls

Step 6: Let's paint Trims and Woodwork

Step 7: Which tools do I need?

Step 8: Clean-up, storage & disposal

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