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Pros know proper prep is the key to a perfect finish. Even if you’ve done a particular kind of job too many times to count, it’s best to check your supplies before you start. You may have less of something you need or misplaced an item that’s essential. Take inventory before you start so you won’t need to run back to the store in the middle of the day. Here’s a basic list you can customize to fit the type of job.
BASIC JOB ESSENTIALS
Ideally, you’re working in an empty space. If not, cover furniture and other large items that can’t be moved with a sturdy tarp. Leave plenty of space to move around and work. Remove and protect the small stuff too. Take off wall décor, electrical outlet covers, switch plates and vents and remove nails with the Premium 10-in-1 Multi-Tool.
Paint splatter or drips on the floor happen even to the best of Pros. A quality drop cloth absorbs any paint that spills on it.
Once the wall is completely dry it’s time to address nicks, dings, cracks and little holes in the wall with spackle.
Use the proper primer on the entire surface if it is newly constructed, stained by water or smoke, prone to mildew, rusted, or aged. You also may need a primer if covering a dark color with a light one.