By now most of you will know that preparation is the most important part of a good paint job.
Whether it be filling holes, fixing blemishes, or making a seam disappear, there is a specific filler to use for each job to maximize results.
As these tips are short and sweet, I recommend you challenge yourself and if you need help with a specific patch job, please message me so we can discuss the details and get you moving forward efficiently.
For patching ceilings – there are so many different types of textured ceilings! Some spray cans are available for doing small patches, but are really difficult to use even for us experienced painters. So for any textures, it is best to send me a picture and I will help you sort out what the best option would be; I’ll even put you in touch with a pro I know who does excellent blends of different textures!
For drywall ceilings, we recommend either drywall mud or for small patches, use Drydex spackling which turns from pink to white once dry.
For drywall walls, use Drydex spackling for small patches and drywall mud for larger patches. We often tint our wall patching materials to assure we can see it, especially on newly primed walls.
Patching knives are more flexible than scraping putty knives. By now you know having the right tool for the job makes all the difference!
For MDF and wood, using wood filler is best, although some of my team likes to mix a ration of wood filler with Drydex. Since Drydex often shrinks when filling holes, the wood filler does not so we get a smoother, faster finish.
Take care that the wood filler is yellow and not too gritty as we have come across some odd wood fillers that do not create a nice finish. Wood filler also takes a little longer to dry, and it is imperative you wait until it is completely dry to ensure easier sanding. Wood filler can be difficult to sand, so building up layers is ideal.
With bigger holes or seams, often using mesh tape or a mesh patch can be helpful
Protecting door handles from making holes in your walls is important and should always be done prior to patching and repairing, otherwise what is the point?
One key is to not overfill, and remember to push in volcanoes with a blunt end – I like my 9-in-1 tool for this. When filling a gouge, pull the knife along the gouge; play with this and see how more mud stays in the gouge when you fill in the same direction.
I could go on and on, but hopefully this helps and gets you on your way to smoother substrates!