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SPACKLING

If there are any holes in the surface you plan to paint, you should take care of them before you start painting. Filling holes is a standard part of the
preparation process. This article will cover holes about the size of a dime or smaller. Filling larger holes is a different process, requiring drywall compound and a different set of tools. Most of your holes will most likely be from the nails used to hang pictures though, so will be small enough to fix with just spackle and a putty knife. Note that if the hole is in a wall you will use spackle, but if it is in the trim, baseboard, door or wall casings, or any other wooden material, you will use wood putty. Regardless of which you use, the process is the same, so for the purposes of this article, we'll just refer to the material as spackle.

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Open the container of spackle and scrape just a little bit out onto the tip of your putty knife.

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Then press the spackle onto the wall and into the hole. During this first step, your putty knife should be almost flat against the wall, and just at a slight angle as you press the spackle into the hole and move the putty knife downward.

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Now wipe the rest of the spackle back into the container, giving you a mostly clean blade. For the next step, your putty knife will be at more of an angle, about 45 degrees, from the wall. Start at the top again and scrape downwards, getting some of the excess off of the wall, and also making the spackle in the hole even and flush with the wall.

Wipe your blade again, then use it to scrape the excess around the hole off - starting at the edge of the hole and moving away from it.

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Now wait for the spackle to dry. It generally takes an hour, but refer to the manufacturer's label on the container to find the exact drying time. Once it is dry, sand it down till it is completely smooth. Make sure to dust the area off before priming or painting.

House Painting Tips

House Painting Tips

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