What’s the secret to creating the perfect finish when you’re decorating your home? The answer is surface preparation.
If you thoroughly prepare a surface before application, you’ll make a much better job of applying your chosen product and enjoy a quality finish.
Let’s look at some of the basic requirements when preparing a surface for decoration.
Fill in the gaps
Preparatory work should ensure that your surfaces are smooth and even. Therefore, your first task is to make sure holes and gaps are filled. Any extremely rough surfaces will require plastering.
Make sure the surface is completely free from holes and crevices before you begin to apply paint or wallpaper.
Prepare before painting
If you’re applying a water-based woodwork paint, which we are using more & more these days as they won’t yellow over time unlike traditional oil based products, you need to ensure your surface has been meticulously prepared.
Otherwise, the paint is more likely to peel away from the surface.
Any woodwork areas have to rubbed down as normal before being painted with a water-based adhesion primer.
We use Tikkurila’s Otex Akva for this and this will stick to any previous oil based products and will then allow us to apply our water-based topcoats.
Choose a range of sanding materials
When rubbing down ceilings, walls and woodwork, try using dustless sanders. We’ve found that using these has made the finish on surfaces much better than rubbing down by hand.
It helps to have a mix of abrasive papers that can be used for smoothing down filler or evening out roughness on walls or woodwork. Before we put the final coats on, we always use a 240-grit sandpaper to give the surface a light rub down. We also hoover walls before a final coat while woodwork is wiped over with an Axus tack cloth to remove any dust particles.
Your ceilings & walls are now ready to be painted with whatever paint products you decide to use be it Dulux, Johnstone’s, Tikkurila or Farrow & Ball.
Use high-quality brushes and rollers
There are a number of makes of high-quality brushes on the market such as Hamilton, Picasso, Wooster and Purdy. We tend to use Purdy brushes and Hamilton medium pile perfection rollers on ceilings and walls to give a smooth, spray-like finish.
Choosing the right paintbrush for the job has a big impact on the quality of paintwork and finish. When applying water-based gloss, synthetic fibre brushes can create a better finish than natural fibre brushes. Synthetic materials used for paintbrush bristles are often softer than natural materials, making them ideal for delicate surfaces.
Natural fibres are more porous than synthetic fibres. Therefore, synthetic brushes will absorb less water, allowing more water-based gloss onto the brush. Natural brush bristles are best for applying oil-based paints.
Would you like to know more about achieving the perfect finish?
Our painting and decorating specialists will be happy to discuss your requirements, whatever the age or size of your property.
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