Basic painting tips & surface preparation

29 Jan 2016
Depending on the state of the walls in the room to be painted, there will be surface preparation requirements needed prior to applying any paint system.

‘For every hour of painting, five hours of preparation is advised’, states Toni Stella,. This implies that planning your paint job is essential for a successful paint project.

Tip 1: Ensure you have the correct tools for your paint job. This includes, brushes, scrapers, sandpaper, rollers and drop sheets. Remember that good quality paint rollers and brushes, accompanied by good workmanship will almost always certainly ensure an attractive paint finish.

Tip 2: Before settling on a colour, brush out a paint sample on the wall to be painted. Observe the colour under natural and/or artificial lighting to determine whether or not you are completely satisfied with your paint colour choice.

Tip 3: Make sure you have measured up the area to be painted before you purchase your paint. A correct estimation of the paint quantity will not only ensure that you start and finish your paint project uninterrupted, but will also aid in colour accuracy for tinted products.

Tip 4: For standard colours, buy paints identifiable by the same manufacturing batch code. This will minimize colour variations substantially.

Tip 5: Read the instructions on your paint bucket to ensure you are aware of paint product application specifications and recoating times.

Tip 6: For paint that has been purchased in multiple containers eg. 4 x 5 litre buckets, pour all the paint into a 20 litre bucket and mix to ensure colour consistency and uniformity.

Tip 7: Before paint work commences, ensure you have moved/removed room accessories and/or fittings that could interfere and consequently affect the outcome of your paint workmanship, such as curtains, furniture, plugs and light switch covers.

Tip 8: For your safety and comfort, ensure you have adequate ventilation in the room being painted. Ventilation also aids in the drying process of your chosen paint and helps eliminate the minute chemical vapours that are commonly emitted from any paint.

For surfaces that are in good condition, a good wash-down with Alkali Degreaser will remove dirt, stains and even grease.

Painted surfaces in a poor state will need a lot more remedial action before the paint is applied. Groves and indentations can create shadow effects on the wall and this can have an adverse effect on the overall appearance of your chosen paint’s colour.

Cracks should be filled with a flexible filler to create a smooth and even surface before painting. If dampness is noted on the room’s walls, the source of the moisture must be traced before consequently filling and applying the paint.

Scrape away flakes and irregularities of old paint. Ensure that all bare surfaces have been primed with Masonry Primer and that glossy surfaces have been sanded down with sandpaper to provide good adhesion for both a good quality Universal Undercoat and the final coats of Pure Acrylic Matt or Silk colour ranges. Remember to apply at least two topcoats for an appealing paint finish.

A feature benefit of using the quality brand is the fact that all its paint products are lead free, thereby implying that you have peace of mind when it comes to using this environmentally friendly product range.

It is highly recommendable to make use of a competent and qualified painter to get the best quality finish on the paint job. There are good preferred applicators who have attended training on SAPMA modules and practical applications.

All the above products above-mentioned are available at paint retailers who are members of SAPMA.