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Prepare Your Walls in 5 Simple Steps

Are you getting ready to give your walls a new look and not sure where to start? Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of products and tools out there – you don’t need everything. There are five simple steps you need to follow in order to have well-prepared walls.



  1. Clean the surface

First things first, you need to make sure you clean down the surface thoroughly. You’ll need to do this before applying any sort of paint or coating. Use Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner to get rid of any tough stains, old paint, oil and grease. Apply it onto your walls, allow it to penetrate the surface for a while and wipe it away!

  1. Rinse the walls

If you’re going to paint your walls, you need to make sure you rinse them thoroughly and remove all of the cleaner. This will stop the cleaner from affecting the final results of any paints you use on the surface. Once it’s dry, you can move onto the next thing!



  1. Fill in any gaps

Gaps, cracks and patches will make your overall paint work look bad, so make sure you patch them up before you start any work. Zinsser Ready Patch is a simple solution for making sure your walls are ready. Apply the product which works like a standard filling paste, but has the strength of plaster, into the cracks.

  1. Sand it down

Once you’re happy with the patches you’ve covered, you’ll want to sand down the the surface, especially where you have applied the patching product. By smoothing down all the walls, you’ll get the best paint finish. If you want it to look like a professional job, don’t skip this step – even if you haven’t filled in any patches! You could even consider using an electric sander to speed things up.



  1. Seal the surface

Here’s the fifth and final step! Before you grab your paintbrush and start decorating, we suggest you take care of any problem areas such as unsightly stains, scuffs and grease, and seal the walls. Zinsser Peel Stop is a clear sealant for anywhere where peeling, flaking, blistering and so on may be a problem. It’s usually the surface underneath that causes these problems, so by creating a membrane with this sealer over your walls, you can avoid these problems. It even bonds to old paint and other problem areas you might not have been able to shift in the above steps, meaning you have the ideal surface for your new paint work.

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