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Painting Advice 

 

 

1 - DETERMINE YOUR PAINTING SURFACE

 

 

The first question you should ask yourself is:

"What base paint am I painting over? OIL or ACRYLIC?"

 

 

The Simple Test

 


To ascertain what the base paint is before you start that big job, vigorously rub a rag soaked in methylated spirits on the surface to be tested.

 


If the surface softens the surface it is Acrylic Paint and proceed with the Acrylic System. If it does not soften but rather stays the same then you should proceed with an Oil Base System.

 

 

To change Oil System to Acrylic System

 


Sand off existing gloss as much as possible.

Apply one coat of Acrylic sealer undercoat and be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours and then proceed with your Acrylic System.

Ensure that you read the instructions on the paint can. Often you will find that you'll learn something new and useful and avoid making a costly mistake.

 


Other helpful tips

 


Always stir the paint with a flat stick even though it has been shaken when mixed. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Create a check list of tools and materials you need before starting the job. This avoids frustration and loss of painting time - a "good thing".

 

 

2 - SELECTING YOUR COLOUR

 


Possibly the most important part of the process.

If you know what colour and the type of paint you require --- proceed straight to the shopping cart and complete the form to place your order.

If you are not sure you should collect some colour cards and view them in the room you are painting. Ensure to view them in various lighting conditions and surroundings colours, as a different setting can affect the colour.

Still unsure? You can purchase a sample pot from your nearest paint store and apply two coats on an area before you make your choice.

Once selected make sure you have the following:


  •  Colour name

  •  Brand name

  •  And colour number where possible

 

Proceed to the ePaint Sales shopping cart for purchase and delivery.

 

 

3. EXTERIOR SURFACES

 


New Timber


Surface should be clean and free of any dirt, grease and dust.

Prime the timber by applying an Acrylic Primer Undercoat and sand when dry. Fill any imperfections with an exterior wood filler, sand and touch up with Acrylic primer undercoat.

Apply two coats of Exterior Acrylic Paint - you can select a finish of Lo Sheen, Satin or Gloss

If using an Oil base system apply one coat of General purpose undercoat and one coat of Full Gloss Enamel, if using a Satin finish, two coats will be necessary

 


Previously Painted Timber


Remove loose and flaking paint, wash down chalking or dirty surfaces.
Fill Imperfections with an exterior wood filler, sand and touch up with Acrylic primer undercoat.
Apply two coats of Exterior Paint select from Lo-sheen Satin or Gloss finish.
If using an oil base system, apply undercoat and one coat of full gloss enamel.

 


New Masonry Surfaces
Concrete-Cement Render, Fibrous Cement, Brick and Masonry


New surfaces must cure for at least six weeks in cooler climates.
Surface must be clean and dust free.
Fill holes, cracks with an exterior filler.
Apply one coat of sealer undercoat.
Then apply two to three coats of Exterior Acrylic Paint in your choice of Flat Satin or Gloss finish.

 


Previously Painted Masonry surfaces
Concrete-Cement Render, Fibrous Cement, Brick and Masonry


Efflorescence or salt build up must be removed and thoroughly washed down then sealed with Exterior sealer undercoat.

Imperfections to be filled, patched with exterior prepared filler. If you have a patched area on a textured wall try to replicate the texture with the filler or by using texture paint.

Filled or patched areas need to be sealed with a coat of Exterior sealer undercoat.

Apply two coats of Exterior Acrylic paint in lo-sheen in either Flat Low-sheen, Semi Gloss, or Gloss finish. The most popular is Flat or Lo-sheen finish, the lower sheen will hide the imperf-ections best.

 


Metal Surfaces


Remove loose Rust and flaking paint by scraping and sanding using a wire brush or mechanical sanding. The surface must be clean dry and free of grease.

Apply a Rust Converter to the rusty areas only. Ensure to read the directions on the container. Allow two hours minimum to dry.

Apply one coat of metal primer then proceed with an oil based or water based system.

 

 

4. INTERIOR SURFACES

 


New Woodwork - Windows, Doors, Architraves, Skirting, Panelling

 


Sand or plain sharp edges off timber
Apply one coat of sealer undercoat
Sand back once again
Fill nail holes with a prepared filler, then sand back when dry
Apply two coats of acrylic paint in either Satin or Gloss finish
If using an oil base system apply one coat or general purpose undercoat and one coat of Full Gloss Enamel and for a Satin finish apply two coats of Satin Enamel

 


Previously Painted Woodwork

 


To ascertain the type of old paint rub a methylated spirits soaked rag on the surface, if it softens the surface it is acrylic if not it is Oil Paint

All flaking, blistered, peeling paint must be scraped and sanded back to a solid foundation
Fill any paint edges, holes cracks with a prepared filler and sand when dry Apply two coats of Acrylic Satin or Gloss finish

If using an oil base system apply one coat of general purpose undercoat and one coat of Full Gloss Enamel for a Satin finish apply two coats of Satin Enamel

 


New Plaster - Ceiling and Walls

 


Dust down
Apply with brush, roller or spray one coat of wallboard sealer acrylic Lightly sand
Apply two coats of Acrylic wall paint
Ceilings are usually painted with ceiling white which can be tinted in light colours
Walls most popular in La-sheen but Flat, Satin or Gloss finish can also be used

 


Previously Painted Plaster

 


Wash down where necessary
If the plaster is mould treated you will need to apply a mould wash solution and rinse clean.
Holes and cracks filled with a prepared filler sanded, dusted and sealed Apply two coats of Acrylic Wall Paint.
Ceilings usually ceiling white which can be tinted to light colours.
Walls most popular paint is Lo-sheen but Flat, Satin or Gloss finish can also used.

 


Clear Finish For new timber

 


Sand sharp edges
Brush on stain and wipe off to required depth of colour. Apply one coat of polyurethane.
Fill nail holes with coloured linseed oil putty
Finish with 2 more coats of Polyurethane
Available in satin or gloss finish

 


Clear Finish Previously coated

 


Wash Down to remove all dirt and grease
Sand down the glossy surface
Fill any imperfections with coloured linseed oil putty or a prepared filler
Wipe the surface so as to be clean of dust
Then apply two coats of Polyurethane
Available in satin or gloss finish

 
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