Preparing to paint

No paint system will give optimum performance over poorly prepared surfaces. Painting over dirt, dust or a contaminated surface is wasteful in terms of time, materials and labour and generally results in a finish that is at best a disappointment to the end user and at worst results in the job being required to be done again. The small amount of extra time and effort put into preparation work prior to painting will be richly rewarded in the quality of the finish and the many years of service the coating will give.

All paint systems fail prematurely unless applied over suitably prepared surfaces. In all methods of preparation, the aim is to remove contamination, glossiness and defects of the surface in order to provide a physically sound and chemically clean surface.

Outlined in our preparation instruction sheets below are the typical steps needed to prepare for painting however there are many and varied paint systems and substrates to be considered and our individual Product Data Sheets outline in more detail the preparation work needed.

An important note is that the paint is not designed to cover or repair any significant damage to the substrate and it is advisable to delay painting until repair work can be carried out and you are sure to have the best possible surface to start with.

Download our handy preparation instruction sheets here:

Preparation of Interior Timber & Wood Composites (PDF)
Preparation of Fibre Cement Sheets or Wood Composites (PDF)
Preparation of Interior/Exterior Block & Plaster (PDF)
Preparation of Plaster/Paper Faced Plaster Board/Wallpaper (PDF)