If a painted surface is in poor
condition and the paint is flaking, you will have to
strip it off before repainting. Use a wide scraper to
remove the paint. If the paint is stubborn, apply a
chemical stripper. When the surface is bare, smooth it
with medium-grain sandpaper wrapped around a cork
block, lithe surface has been painted with tempera;
seal it with a stabilizing solution after you have
sanded it down.
It is worth filling even small cracks
and holes for a professional result. You can buy
filler as ready-mixed paste or as a powder that must
be mixed before use. Always check manufacturers’
instructions before preparing the paste. The average
drying time is 30 minutes. Fill large holes with
several layers of filler if necessary. After filling,
sand down the surface. Filler can be difficult to
remove from equipment, so if you are mixing your own,
line the container with a plastic bag to avoid a messy
cleaning job afterward.
1. Stat by
brushing away loose debris with a small decorating
2. Wet the hole with
a small, damp brush to ensure that the filler stays
inside the hole.
3. Press the filler
into hole with a putty knife. Allow filler to dry
between layers. Wipe off excess.
4. Smooth with the
wet blade of a putty knife. Once dry, sand with