How to Paint Walls: Prepare Interior Walls for Painting

Fixes for the 8 most common drywall flaws

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Caulk gun
  • Mud pan
  • Knockdown knife
  • Utility knife
  • 6-in.
  • 12-in.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Drywall compound, regular
  • Drywall compound, quick-setting type
  • Patching fabric, metal
  • Paper tape
  • Mesh tape
  • Latex caulk