Preparing Your Surface (2)

Preparing Your Surface2Repairing Peeling Paint: Using a scraper, scrape off any portions of paint that are peeling, loose or that have bubbles. When scraping an area, stop where the old paint is holding up well.

Then, you will need to add a thin coat of spackling compound to the spots that you have scraped away. This will eliminate the ridges between a scraped surface and the old paint that remains. When the spackling compound dries, sand the area using medium sand paper, and then give the area a brushing with fine grit paper to finish it off.

Repairing Cracks and Holes: Brush away loose paint and debris from holes and cracks with a dry rag. Wet the rag slightly and moisten the edges around the hole or crack, and then fill with spackling compound using a spackle blade to smooth it out. You may need to apply more than one coat, once the spackling compound dries. When the final coat is dry, sand it with a piece of fine sandpaper.

Preparing a Glossy Surface: Oil-based paint (also called oil-based enamel, or alkyd paint) surfaces are very non-porous and it is difficult to adhere paint, or even primer, to them.

One option is to use a sanding block (a piece of sandpaper wrapped around or glued on a block of wood) and work in a circular motion along the wall, trim, and woodwork. After you have sanded, wipe down the walls with a damp cloth and allow them to dry thoroughly.

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