The first step to preparing a room for painting is to clear furniture away from the areas that will be painted. A drop cloth will help protect floors from any sort of drips or accidents. Plastic or canvas drop cloths both have advantages, but Benjamin Moore recommends canvas due to their ability to absorb paint and not become slippery.

Walls naturally gather dust which can affect adhesion for the paint and primer and should be cleaned before painting begins. Use a light detergent and follow up with a wet cloth to ensure that all detergent is removed before starting work. All marks, such as those left behind by pen, crayon and any water stains should also be removed by a wet cloth if possible. Anything else should be spot primed with Moore’s® QD 30® or Fresh Start®.

Finally, any holes and loose paint should be taken care of. Holes can be spackled with Moorlastic® Lightweight Compound and Moorlastic® Vinyl Spackling paste, by pressing spackle into any holes or cuts in the wall and smoothing them with a putty knife until they match the surface around them. Loose paint should be removed with a putty knife to take off any chips that may peel after painting and then edges should be sanded so that there is no visible difference between the two surfaces when painting over them.