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Proper preparation......(you know the saying)!!


With decorating, as with life, preparation is key. Follow the correct steps when preparing your job, and you will be able to relax. Don't and you will be returning to the job quicker than you would like.


It doesn't matter if you are working inside or outside, some things just need to be addressed.

As this blog is written from Cornwall, understanding how to address damp and moisture inside the house, and signs of this and mould inside and out, is essential. Where signs of damp or mould appear, the most important thing is not only cleaning it away, but also trying to ensure that it doesn't come back. I can hear people saying, bleach it......well this would be incorrect. The ideal product is either a Fungicidal Wash or Fungicidal Spray. Using this, and following the instructions to the letter, will clean your surfaces and kill off spores, allowing you to over paint without worry.

Even the most novice of DIY'er will know that when preparing walls, wood or metal surfaces, sanding is important. Sanding not only cleans and takes away old paint or varnish, but creates a key allowing your new paint to stick. When painting skirting, doors etc

, ensuring that the paint adheres correctly is very important.

Priming and Undercoating, prepares the surface for the final product. These preparation paints ensure that the surface is protected properly, and allows the trim paint to adhere properly. If your surface is primed and undercoated correctly, theoretically, you shouldn't have to work as hard getting a good finish. It will also help surfaces to last longer between decorating. Priming is not only used to prepare surfaces, it can also block out imperfections. Using a spot primers to cover rust, will block these areas for the future.

Below is information from Leyland Trade on things you must do in preparation.

The importance of preparation of the surface prior to painting cannot be over emphasised. Here are Leyland’s Top Tips for perfect preparation and priming.

  • All work should be carried out in compliance with BS6150:2006 Code of Practice for Painting of Buildings.

  • No surface should be painted unless it is in a sound, firm, clean, dry condition and completely free from dirt, dust, oil, grease, rust and efflorescence.

  • All loose and flaking materials should be removed by scraping, wire-brushing or other suitable methods. Normally dirty surfaces can be adequately cleaned with water and soap, or detergent.

  • Heavy deposits of grease or fat can be removed by swabbing with sugar soap.

  • Previously painted surfaces should be rubbed down to provide a suitable ‘key’ for subsequent coats of paint. Usually rubbing down is best carried out using wet and dry abrasive paper and water. This helps to avoid scratching the surface and prevents the generation of dust. When dry sanding, wear a suitable dust mask.

  • Surface imperfections such as holes, cracks and dents should be made good with suitable filler.

  • Special precautions should be taken during preparation of pre-1960’s paint surfaces over wood and metal as they may contain harmful lead.

So there you have it, hopefully that has given some insight.

If you need an other questions answered please do not hesitate to ask us,

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