Preparing a wall

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Antonia Shakesby, 2 Jun 2020.

  1. Antonia Shakesby

    Antonia Shakesby

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    Hello,

    I'm brand new to DIY and would really appreciate some advice.
    I want to repaint the walls in the hall. The paint is a bit shiny - not sure if it's a vinyl finish? There's also a sort of textured look to it - not sure if this is from rolling. I'd really like a smooth surface to paint over. I've attached a photo of the wall and a little piece that chipped off.
    I've tried using an electric sander and it doesn't seem to make it totally smooth. I was using 120 sandpaper, is it better to use a coarser grade?
    I can't afford to get someone in to replaster the walls - would it be effective to paint a layer of Toupret filling over the whole wall and then sand it?
    Also, should you sugar soap the wall when you've completely finished sanding, or before?
    Any help gratefully received!
    Thank you.
     

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