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.

 

5. CERAMIC TILES
Coat with gloss or enamel, or strip for best results.
6. STAIN
Remove stain with wood bleach, seal, sand, and prime.