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Learn How to Paint - Part 2

Sand the wall:
Sanding is helpful because it creates small pores or pockets into which the paint can get, making for a more even layer of paint. While sanding, wear a dust mask. Try to find a good balance with pressure on the sanding paper. Don't press too hard or too softly. Even, medium pressure is best.

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Painting supplies Hit the molding first with a coarse, damp sanding sponge. Keep a bucket of warm water nearby and dip the sponge into it often. After that's done, finish off with a fine, damp sanding sponge, which you lubricate often.

Clean the wall:
With a vacuum, clear the wall of all the dust and debris dislodged by the sanding process. A clean wall will be much easier to paint and will deliver a better final product.

Paint supplies With warm water and a bit of detergent, wash the walls lightly using a sponge. Hit any greasy or especially dirty spots with extra vigor. Go over the entire wall with clean water and a sponge once this is completed.

Patch up any holes or breaks with compound or caulk:
Look at the condition of your wall next. Are there are holes or breaks in the molding that need attention? If so, you might need a little compound of caulk.

Paint Brush India Caulk any breaks in the molding. Using a wet finger, push the caulk into the breaks and smooth out for a nice even finish.

Paint Brush Export Using a putty knife, patch up any holes in the wall, depending on the wall. Use joint compound for drywall, and patching compound for plaster. Smooth out the patches with 120-grit sandpaper once the compound has dried.

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