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Prepa­ra­tion is the magic in­gre­di­ent for achiev­ing the best fin­ish when paint­ing walls

empty the room Make sure the room is clear of per­sonal ef­fects and fur­ni­ture. If you need to leave any­thing in there, push it to the cen­tre and cover with plas­tic dust sheets (paint will soak through fab­ric ones). Use mask­ing tape to pro­tect ar­eas you don’t want to be painted.

wash down Use sugar soap to re­move grease, then rinse off. Any wa­ter stains on the walls will reap­pear if painted over, so be sure to use a stain block over the of­fend­ing streaks.

old wall­pa­per When paint­ing over pa­per, make sure it is stuck firm to the walls and use ap­pro­pri­ate paints as emul­sion can cause pa­per to blis­ter. In the long run, it’s best to use a steamer to re­move any wall­cov­er­ings.

Fill Cracks Un­screw hooks, shelf fix­ings and cur­tain poles be­fore you be­gin and fix any small holes with filler. Us­ing a spat­ula, wipe the filler across the crack, smooth off any ex­cess and leave to dry. Sand it down if it doesn’t dry flat.

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