03:16AM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 03/25/03
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I need to do a lot of patching and filling on the bare white walls of my living room. Did the same thing upstairs and had a hard time locating all of the areas to sand because of the poor lighting - it looks OK because it's not a bright area, but there are a few areas that I missed, even with the touch test.

Can I add some coloring - food or otherwise - to my light weight spackle? I am hoping that this will ensure that I don't miss any spots when sanding. In this room, any spots I miss will stick out.

Thanks in advance.


03:51PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
You really should prime the walls after you patch - that will eliminate the "flashing" spot where you may not have sanded.

I would not add food coloring - when the patch dries the coloring would be re-activated by the paint you applied next - and bleed through.

One thing you could try is a very light pencil mark near where your patches are - that way you would be able to see the general area - and they will sand off.

You also could try a halogen work light shining up the wall - painters do this all the time to check for missed spots - any areas you have patched will shine like a beacon.

Mr. Paint


01:59PM | 05/01/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Interesting idea, but I use a pencil to circle the spot lightly. You are going to sand and re-paint, anyway, so why worry about it or make it more complicated?


01:40AM | 05/02/03
Member Since: 03/25/03
6 lifetime posts
Thank you both for your replies. I think after reading your replies and replies on other boards that I'll pass up the idea of the coloring, and just really work hard with the lighting. Pencil marks too, though with the amount of damage on the walls (prior owner taking off wallpaper - spider marks all over) that the wall would look like a crossword puzzle.

Thanks again,


01:38AM | 05/21/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
easy get a sanding pole and sand the whole wall (a 5 minute job) prime then paint,now you will have a new nice looking wall withour worrying about it.
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