How To Achieve The Perfect Finish
1. Creating the perfect painting environment
2. Test paint surface
4. Stripping & Sanding
* Creating the perfect painting environment:
Perhaps the most obvious step, but one people forget or choose to ignore is to clear the room of all furniture and accessories. Leaving furniture in the room only creates a more difficult work space. If you have the room, be sure to store furniture elsewhere. Getting impossible-to-remove paint splatters on your favourite or most expensive piece of furniture is far worse than the energy it takes to move it out of the way in the first place. To avoid the tedious job of cutting in, use a screwdriver to remove all outlets and light switch plates. Use painter’s tape to tape loose screws inside of each designated plate so they don’t go missing.
* Test paint surface:
To test an existing paint surface, press a finger length of strong adhesive tape firmly onto it, then rip the tape away quickly. If the paint lifts, you’ll need to strip the whole surface and prepare it from scratch or treat it with a surface binder.
It’s time to clean! Dust and debris can find its way into paint leaving clumps and an imperfect finish. Take the time to vacuum the flooring, wipe down corners and skirting with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris. Cob webs hiding anywhere? Be sure to rid the room of those as well. If your painted surfaces are in good conditions (no flaking, peeling or rust bubbling) wash the wall down with Selleys Original Sugar Soap. This will remove the dirt, mould, grease and smoke stains from all painted surfaces. Sugar soap does not need to be rinsed from the surface before painting. Make sure to keep your cloth and water clean so you take the dirt away rather than simply moving it around.
* Stripping & Sanding:
If your painted surface is in poor condition scrape away flakes and bubbles then smooth edges with sandpaper. You can use a product such as No More Cracks Small Cracks and Dents to fill in the fine difference between the chipped painted surfaces. A Wire brush can be used on exterior surfaces if necessary. If a paint stripper is required for exterior surfaces, Selleys Kwik Strip is ideal with its thick consistency, allowing you to brush on easily and it won’t run on vertical surfaces. On large areas consider using a heat gun, sand blaster or water blaster if the paint needs to be fully removed.
This is one of the last steps before painting. Cracks, holes and dents need to be filled to get an even finish prior to painting.
Where no structural movement is expected, use Selleys Spakfilla Rapid, or No More Cracks Small Cracks and Dents . These products are suitable for use on surfaces such as plaster or plasterboard. All of the products are ready mixed and can be applied straight from the tub, check the pack directions for drying times before sanding and painting. For best results, filled areas should be undercoated to ensure an even appearance of the top or finishing coat. If painted without an undercoat you may get noticeable patchy or matt spots in your final coat.
On masonry, brick, stone and cement use Selleys Spakfilla Heavy Duty or No More Cracks Large Cracks and Holes. Both are ready mixed products and have a slight amount of flexibility once dried, both products once dried have excellent water resistance. For a sandy textured finish on cement rendered surfaces, use Selleys No More Gaps Render Filler. This may be sanded if required and painted within 3 hours.
Where some structural movement is likely to occur eg. around window frames, architraves or cornices, use Selleys No More Gaps Multipurpose. This is a flexible filler which can be tooled off to a smooth finish and is paintable in 30 minutes (allow longer times for bigger applications, cold weather or if painting with flat or ceiling paints)
Invest in a good painter’s tape and carefully tape off any skirting, architraves, woodwork, etc. As you apply it, gently rub across the edge of the tape that will be painted to help prevent any paint from seeping underneath.
Protect your floors from paint drips, spills and splatters, by laying a cloth or plastic drop cloth in the areas to be painted. Tape edges to architraves so there’s no room for a little paint to seep through. When painting, always start from the top doing ceiling first, then walls, doors, window frames and architraves. To achieve the best possible paint finish use Selleys Ultra Smooth Finish brushes for the smoothest finish and no bristle loss.