Refresh your living space with simple painting tips from City Mill

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Painting is one of the easiest ways to refresh the look of any space! It’s also a project where preparation is equally as important as the application. Although there are different qualities of paint available, paint itself rarely fails. More often than not, a poor paint job stems from poor surface preparation! HI Now host Kainoa Carlson is getting some tips from City Mill Mililani Store Manager Evile Ieriko.

When it comes to spackle and caulking, both are used to patch gaps and holes. Caulking is moisture-resistant, flexible and best for filling corners and joints while spackle dries hard and is best for filling in holes, dents and cracks.

If you’ve painted an area in your home before and have noticed dull patches on the finished job, you can avoid this next time by better prepping your surface. Uneven paint jobs are usually because of poor paint adhesion, and adhesion is how well a surface holds the paint.

The best way to improve adhesion is to begin with a clean, dry wall that has already been patched. The wall should be smooth, and most importantly, primed with primer. Primer increases the bond between the surface and the paint itself. Surfaces without primer absorb the paint unevenly and changes the look of the paint, which can result in those dull patches. Primer allows the paint to dry evenly, and you’ll have a much more uniform look. Additionally, because primer increases the bond between paint and the surface, it also increases the lifespan of your paint.

City Mill carries a wide variety of products to help with all your household needs! From jobs big to small, you can do them all. So if you’re looking to start some new home repair projects this year, head down to City Mill to pick up any of these products or order online at

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