Patching drywall and masking walls lays the essential groundwork for any good interior paint job, and doing this work yourself is an excellent way to save money. Veteran home improvement instructor Steve Maxwell shows you how to make success easy.
Patching and wall prep skills aren't just for people who do their own painting. Are you planning to hire a professional painter? Prepping walls properly beforehand is still worthwhile because it saves the painter time and hassle, and this means you save money.
Wall prep is one of those things that's frustrating if you don't know the tricks, but easy when you understand the basics. That's where this course comes in. Steve shows you exactly how to achieve professional-grade wall prep and masking results, even if you've never done it before.
After taking Steve's course you'll know how to:
Old nail holes are the most common kind of drywall damage, and fixing them is the easiest type of repair. Watch and see how success depends on dimpling the surface before filling.
Screw pops (also called nail pops) are a common problem in new homes as wet framing lumber dries and shrinks. Fixing them involves removing all the old compound, replacing with fresh, then sanding.
Repairing larger holes involves the use of setting compound applied as a foundation layer. Another essential trick is trimming away frazzled paper from the edge of the damage zone.
Big holes need some kind of backing before the application of setting type compound. Installing it in strips is the best way to make this happen.
If you've got some left over paint, there's no need to repaint an entire wall after patching. Here's how to use a mini roller to cover patched zones.
Regular masking tape doesn't usually create crisp painted lines. Painter's tape works much better, but only if it's applied right.
Masking tape is the best way to create perfectly neat caulking joints. It works indoors and outside, and speeds results, too.
Steve Maxwell is a homebuilder, carpenter, cabinetmaker and how-to instructor with 30 years experience. His articles appear in Mother Earth News, Cottage Life, Canadian Contractor, Canadian Homes and Cottages, Ontario Home Builder, and numerous syndicated newspapers. Steve works from the stone and timber home he built himself on the Manitoulin Island homestead he shares with his wife and five kids.