How to Prep Walls for Painting – Sherwin-Williams

[music playing] You’re ready to paint,
but are your walls ready? Any holes and cracks
in your walls should be patched
and sanded smooth by now and any loose paint removed. For more on that, be sure to
watch our video on wall repairs. Otherwise, we’re moving on
to the final preparations. Washing your walls and trim
is a good idea to remove any grime,
cobwebs, dust or stains that may prevent
your paint from adhering. Just use a mixture of
lukewarm water and mild soap to wash your walls, gently rubbing in
a circular motion. And be sure to rinse using
a slightly damp cellulose sponge. Check that your walls and trim
are thoroughly dry before the next step, which is one
you’ve been waiting for, applying painters
tape to your trim. Use longer pieces of tape
instead of many little pieces. That way the paint
won’t sneak through. Start in a corner, pressing to the trim in
small sections as you go. Make sure your tape
sticks firmly to your trim by pressing the tape’s
edges like this, using a clean putty knife. This will help ensure
you get a nice, even paint line. Next, lay out a drop cloth to
protect your flooring and furniture. Old bed sheets are not
always a good choice because paint can seep
right through the fabric. Canvas drop cloths
are the most durable. They can be reused over and over and they can absorb more
paint drips and spills. Plastic and paper
drop cloths cost less, but they tend to slide
when you walk in them, so, use painters tape to secure
the edges to the floor. Now we’re ready for prime time. Primer isn’t just to cover up
old paint and imperfections. Starting off
with the primer base helps you get the
true color and sheen you’re looking for
from your paint. Plus it provides a layer
specially formulated to protect your top coat. Using a brush, paint a narrow strip all along
your trim and inside corners. Then, fill in the rest of
your walls with the roller. And by the way, if you’re
going to be painting your room in a darker color, it’s best to use a tinted primer,
rather than white. Now, if you’re
a nitpicker like me, and are bothered by small gaps between your molding
in your wall, you can fill those
with an acrylic caulk after priming the walls
and trim surface. Some caulks are paintable,
but others are not. So make sure you buy
the right kind you need. Just read the label. Instructions are your friend. Use the little hole in
your caulk gun handle to cut the tip of the tube. Then carefully pierce
the inner seal, using the seal puncture tool
found the most caulk guns. Load the tube into
your caulk gun and squeeze out
just a little bit to start the flow. Have a damp cotton rag
handy to clean up excess. Start in a corner,
point the tip into the crack and gently squeeze an even
flow of caulk along the crack. Wet your finger and use it to smooth out
and remove excess caulk. Have a damp cloth handy
to wipe your finger clean. Check out the caulk
label for dry time so you know how long to
wait before you can paint. Any questions? The experts at your neighborhood
Sherwin-Williams store would be game show champions in the category of getting
your walls ready and primed. So, go ahead and quiz them. Next, it’s onto the main event,


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