Wash - Sand - Prime?

Old 03-02-01, 02:46 PM
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My wife and I just bought a house and are planning to paint the interior. I have a couple of questions though. The kitchen and living room both have paneling on the walls, neither one of us care for the paneling so I would like to paint over it. What would be the correct steps in order to assure a good paint job? Do I need to wash the walls with TSP before sanding? Would KILZ be a good choice for primer?
Thanks for any input!
Old 03-02-01, 08:38 PM
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Yes and yes. The TSP will remove any oils and dirt, the light sanding with 220 grit will provide a good bite for the kilz and help smooth. In that order.

You can fill any picture hanging holes with shrink free lightwieght spackeling before the light sanding, don't build it up but fill the hole and wipe smooth, let dry and sand. After priming you can sand lightly again for smoothness, use a PAINTABLE latex caulk for the trim and joints, wipeing smooth with a wet finger and cleaning any access with a wet rag. When dry paint with a quality latex wall paint.

Hope this helps.

Oh, don't forget to wipe away any dust after sanding

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