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General painting tips

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen paintwork fail after 6 months.  Follow these simple tips to make your paint job last for years, not months.

Preparation is 80% of the work so don’t cut corners, it’s the most important part!  Clean all surfaces really well.  Remove any loose and flaking paint.  Run your finger across the surface.  Is it chalky?  If so, use a suitable primer or sealer because a chalky surface is one of the worst things to paint over.

It’s important to know what you’re painting over. Not all products are compatible with each other or the surface that you’re painting.  A simple test to find out whether paint is water-based is to dip a rag in methylated spirits and rub it on the surface.  If it becomes tacky or comes off, it’s water-based paint.

The most important tip I can give you is to read and follow all instructions on the products.. BEFORE you use them, not after!