The key to any successful painting project
Treat any mildew with 3 parts water to 1 part household bleach mixture (or other more environmentally friendly product like hydrogen peroxide). Leaving it on for 20 minutes and adding more as it dries; wear eye and skin protection; rinse thoroughly.
Remove all dirt by scrubbing with detergent and warm water, rinse thoroughly; pay special attention to kitchen areas (cooking oils), bathrooms and around switches and door knobs (hand prints and oils).
Repair gouges, etc. with drywall compound or spackle, and sand flush once dry.
Fill gaps with quality acrylic or siliconized acrylic caulk, and immediately smooth it flush; allow to dry over night and make a second application if needed; do not sand a caulk.
Sand dull any glossy areas by sanding with fine grit (#220) garnet paper; wear eye protection and dust mask, remove sanding dust from wall.
*NOTE, if lead is suspected in the paint, do not attempt to remove paint, scrape, sand, or use heat gun, etc. but rather contact a contractor qualified for lead paint assessment and removal.
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