How do I repair damage before painting?

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I am in the process of getting ready to paint, however I have some serious wall damage from previous owners. What is the best way to repair it so that it has a uniformed look. The new color will be grey, and I don't want to see a lot of imperfections. Thank you!

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  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Feb 27, 2019

    Paint it with Kilz before painting.

  • Deborah Deborah on Feb 27, 2019

    Use a mask and lightly sand the bumps out. Then kilt before painting.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Feb 27, 2019

    Also paint with flat paint. Helps hide imperfections.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 27, 2019

    I would just use a Texture Paint on that. It is much easier than attempting to repair the damage from a Moron.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Mar 02, 2019

    If your entire room is like this, I agree to use a textured paint, but if you are willing to spend the time and effort, this can be made smooth. I know because I have done it on multiple houses. First, get a 5-in-1 tool. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Warner-Pro-Grip-3-25-in-Paint-Multi-Tool/3364386

    This is the best thing for scraping rough places off of your wall. Forget sanding, you will be there all year. Go around the room ad scrape every rough spot. It is not hard, just time consuming. When you think it is smooth, use your hand (not your eyes) and feel the spot. If it feels smooth, it is smooth. When you have done this everywhere, then use a sanding block to go over any areas that have a tiny ridge. Again, use your fingers not your eyes to determine whether your wall is smooth. What looks smooth to your eye is not always so. Then use spackle to fill in any dings or gouges. Smooth these as much as you can with your spackling tool. Try not to leave any excess spackle. It is better to add a second or third coat of spackle than to put on one big glob. Lightly sand between each coat of spackle. If you do this right, you will have almost no sanding to do. Again, use your fingers to feel whether the edges are smooth. When you have completed this step, run your hand over all the areas that have been scraped and/or spackled to see if you missed any spots. Then prime the entire wall and paint. This will give you a beautiful smooth, lovely paint job. This may seem daunting, but you don't have to do it all in one day. The paint job will probably be there for several years, so it is worth taking the time to do it right. Best of luck.

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