Preparing Walls for Painting: Problem Walls

Fix any wall before you paint to get a super-smooth finish

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
  • Mud pan
  • Pry bar
  • Utility knife
  • Taping knife

In addition, you'll need a trouble light.

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
  • Drywall paper tape
  • Drywall mesh tape
  • Aluminum drywall patch
  • Primer, stain blocking
  • Sandpaper, 120 grit
  • Sanding sponge, fine grit