Preparing Walls For Painting: How to Get a Smooth Surface

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Preparing walls for painting is an essential step to getting a great, long-lasting finish. Whether you are painting a newly plastered wall, an old wall or have just removed old wallpaper, the wall will need to be prepared properly before the first coat of paint. 

Newly plastered walls need a mist coat and old walls need filling and sanding, for instance. So there's a lot more to painting a wall than choosing a colour and picking up a paint brush.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.