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Prep for Interior House Painting

Learn how to prep a jobsite for painting, from using the right protection tools; to taping and sealing a work space; to sanding and caulking trim in a home.


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  • Spanish Subtitles Available

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  • 10 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

10 Video Lessons · 1H 38M

  • 1. Introduction

    Tyler Grace, a remodeling contractor based in Medford, New Jersey, explains how a quality paint job is all about the prep work, from taping to sanding.

  • 2. Site Protection Tools

    Protecting your work space is a vital first step in prep; Tyler explains how to use important protection materials like tape, painter’s paper, and masking paper.

  • 3. Prep Tools

    Tyler shares a handful of his most essential prep tools, including dust extractors, sanders, wood fillers, spackle, and caulk guns.

  • 4. Dust Extractor Overview

    Dust extractors protect both the painter and the paint from contaminants. Learn how dust extractors work, and how they hook up to various tools like sanders.

  • 5. Onsite Protection

    Tyler takes you onsite to show how he protects a work space, from taping the floor trim; to laying down masking paper; to using a putty knife to seal the tape.

  • 6. Wood Filler

    Tyler shows how to prep trim before sanding, using wood filler on sixteen-gauge nail holes and spackling detailed moulding.

  • 7. Sanding Trim

    Learn how to sand different areas of trim using a palm sander, 150 and 220 sandpaper, and a hand sander.

  • 8. Caulking

    Using fast-setting caulk and a caulk gun, Tyler shows how to neatly caulk in transition areas, like from wood to drywall, and in changes of plane on the trim.

  • 9. Window Masking

    Tyler shows how to mask and seal a window with painter’s tape and plastic sheeting. Plus: learn how to tape door hinges.

  • 10. Taping

    Tyler shares useful tips for taping the painted base cap before painting the walls, both preserving the trim paint and sealing out wall paint.

Who it's for: This course was designed for those considering a career in construction painting or current professionals in the trades ready to learn about the key processes, tools, and professional techniques that go into prepping for a quality paint job.

Key Topics

  • Taping

  • Tools for prep

  • Dust extraction

  • Sanding trim

  • Window masking

  • Caulking

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  • What is MT Copeland?

    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

  • What do courses include?

    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

  • How does the 30-day guarantee work?

    If you’re not happy with a course, let us know within 30 days for a full refund. Our goal is to provide maximum value for your career. If we haven’t delivered on that promise, let us know.

  • Can you learn with MT Copeland outside of the u.s.?

    Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.

  • Where did the name MT Copeland come from?

    MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.

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