CONSIDER THE SURFACE TYPE | PREPARING A GOOD SURFACE

ESSENTIAL TIPS – HOME DECORATING

CONSIDER THE SURFACE TYPE

Different surfaces require different treatments. Bare wood should be sanded and then primed, while stained wood should be treated with wood bleach. Surface texture should match the character of a room; for example, smooth paintwork may not suit an old house.

1. BARE PLASTER
Brush, prime, and seal with diluted latex paint.

2. BARE BRICK
Brush to remove debris, and then coat with masonry paint.

3. TEMPERA
Scrape. Seal with stabilizing solution. Paint with latex.

4. WALLPAPER
Although stripping is best, no vinyl can be painted over.

PREPARING A GOOD SURFACE

A painted surface that is in a good condition usually requires keying (roughening the surface so that the paint will adhere) and washing. To key the existing paint, brush away any dust and wipe with trisodium phosphate (TSP) on a sponge. This will reveal any cracks that require filling. If there are no cracks, dry the surface with a lint free cloth. If you cannot obtain TSP, key the surface with medium-to-fine grain sandpaper.