Preparing Walls for Painting

Preparing Walls for Painting

When it comes to painting, we all want to
jump in and just start rolling that beautiful new color on the wall. But spending a few
extra minutes on prep work will give you much better results and help you avoid problems
along the way. Start by clearing the room, OR moving furniture
to the center and covering with plastic. For the floor, use canvas drop cloths since plastic
can get slippery. Shut off the circuit breakers to the room
you’re painting. Then remove cover plates from switches and outlets, and protect with
tape. If you’re painting the ceiling, pop off the blades of your ceiling fan, slide
the cover plate down, and wrap with plastic. Doorknobs can be wrapped with a plastic bag. Once you’ve got the place covered you can
start making repairs. Strip old wallpaper with a paper remover and removal tools. For
flaking paint, use a putty knife to scrape it off. No need for elbow grease, just remove
the loose stuff. Now if you’re like the rest of us, you probably
have a few dings in your walls. But no worries, they’re an easy fix. First clean the hole
with a brush, then apply some spackle—or wood filler for trimwork. Let it dry, sand
smooth, and prime. A patch kit works great for large holes. To
fix serious damage, watch our How to Repair Drywall video. A clean wall is essential for a quality paint
job. Vacuum dust and do a quick wipe down with a damp rag. If your walls have oil or
other residue on them, wash with trisodium phosphate—TSP for short—for a more thorough
cleaning. Then rinse with water and let dry. The next step is priming. Priming is needed
when painting over bare drywall, stained or repaired areas, high-gloss finishes, and drastic
color changes. There are many paint-and-primer-in-one products available that can save time on this
step. One more thing. Some surfaces, like trimwork,
might’ve been painted with oil-based paint, which can’t be painted over with latex. Here’s
how to check. Wet a cotton swab with alcohol and rub the surface. If the paint comes off,
it’s latex. If not, it’s oil. In that case, lightly sand the surface and cover with a
bonding primer. And that’s a wrap on the prep. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Just click
to subscribe. Next up, it’s time to paint.

Dereck Turner

37 thoughts on “Preparing Walls for Painting

  1. Electro-Pterosaur Games says:

    You don't need gloves

  2. back up says:

    i wont link of music please ….

  3. Mildred Kimberly Dawn Lee says:

    THANK YOU! SO MUCH!!!!!!

  4. Robotique-droid says:

    This vid makes me wanna throwups up. Next

  5. 4 Humanity says:

    that was gr8

  6. Caity Stepleton says:

    im redoing my bathroom walls as the wallpaper scheme is hideous and beginning to curl off. whoever put it there did not prep the walls right and it just peels off parts of the wall. i have to do all of the painting without removing the sink (a solid boxed sink with wallpaper behind it) and without removing the toilet. this is wayy too big of a project for a 21 year old with no experience and doing it alone. any extra tips are extremely helpful and this video was well done thank you

  7. James R says:

    a few extra "minutes"

  8. godly pursuit says:

    Hey, where's the blue tape for taping off baseboards, door & window trim and ceilings so you don't get any paint where you don't want it? BTW, there's special little sponge brushes that are great for painting next to the tape, then go from there with the rollers. Yep, prep is a pain, but essential for a finished look…

  9. iris casiano says:

    I would like 2 install tiles in dining area,I currently have laminated floor. How is the cost lof removing &installing tiles calculated ,what can I expect . u literature info.this iris.

  10. iris casiano says:

    Thx 4information. Will probably be visiting u soon.again iris

  11. Phikicheli says:

    I have a little spot where the paint is missing on my wall. Do I just apply primer and paint over that? Thanks.

  12. Karen Newton says:

    Too fast-moving. Not detailed enough.

  13. tartapplesus says:

    Hi! Do I need to wash the dried wallpaper glue residue off the walls before painting? Can I just sand and smooth the walls, then paint over it? Do I need to prime the entire walls or only areas that was mentioned in the video? Thanks!

  14. Fr Channel says:

    hallo. this video is reallu helpful.
    may i ask you? how if on my wall surface had a crack like dings in this video?
    need an immediately answer. Thank's before.

  15. Unpleased says:

    hello i want to repaint my wall because my niece pulled the paint out and looks like a thin layer of plastic-ish how should i go about it? remove it all by scraping and prime it all???

  16. Danielle Jaramilla says:

    So professional painters!!! Help a sista out. hahha!

    Question! I only need to put paint primer on the spots that have Spackle? I say that because that's what I see on the vid 😉 and just want to be sure! Thank you kindly!

  17. Danielle Jaramilla says:

    Guys! So I am painting a NEW drywall that has never before been painted with a color- literally bare with no paint. Do I need to use paint primer? I heard from a couple of people that it is useless and I'm thinking they are right. Professional painters! What is your input on this?
    I have a few VERY tiny holes to spackle up but that is about all. Also, the walls have stains here and there and oil from fingers but I will just use a solution or lukewarm water with liquid soap detergent to get rid of it!

  18. Ai A says:

    few extra minutes? more like weeks, fml.

  19. MoahGentle says:

    0:51 lead paint test kit? What is that and what's exactly for? I'm about to scrape off paint in a room and I suspect there's old paint with lead. Any tips or information are GREATLY appreciated.

  20. Spectral V says:

    I’ve literally never seen someone cut off the circuit breaker to a room to paint.

  21. Shiva Razavi says:

    How to make a fireplace a focal point

  22. Kinsella Finn says:

    Right. Someone had patched my wall and there is a big square that shows. Not to mention those drip marks!

  23. Cat says:

    The music makes me want to end it all.

  24. Semaj Soroj says:

    These are great! Thank you so much for posting this

  25. Kemet says:

    How bow dah!

  26. Hana Shma says:

    How long do u let the stucco dry before painting tho?

  27. Hilda Alintria says:


  28. Werner Sunkel says:

    Great video!!! MAGA !!!

  29. H W says:

    Start by clearing the room? Seriously? Stop.

  30. noreworks says:

    thank you for making your video only 2 minutes. I wonder why other videos take more than 10 minutes

  31. Julius Torres says:

    My walls are textured I can't scrape off the paint T^T

  32. Tanvi DaFunky says:

    You are Mr.Bean.

  33. Shuu秀修 says:

    Put flexglue on small holes and flextape for larger holes

  34. Beau Valera says:

    I wish every DIY video was as quick and efficient in telling what to do as instructions as this video . There was no bullshiting around an extra talking or stupid edits there was straight to the point

  35. BetterThanEmril says:

    Ain’t nobody got time for all that

  36. Lady Athena says:

    If somebody sees this , help out pls
    1. For repainting , should I remove the old paint or can I clean the walls, put primer on top of old paint n repaint?
    2. Should the primer be applied all over the walls

  37. Mike Kremer says:

    At 1.15, that hole DOES NOT require a metal mesh patch thing!!!!

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