The most important step when painting is the preparation. It gives a more professional finish and long-lasting results.
• First of all, peeling and flaking areas of paintwork need to be sanded down. This paint is peeling off because a water-based paint has been used over oil-based. You can tell if your paint is water or oil-based by rubbing on a bit of alcohol. If it comes off on your cloth, it’s water-based.
• An alternative to sanding it down is to use an oil-based primer; then you can use either water or oil-based paint on top.
• You may need to use a steamer to get off that difficult wallpaper.
• Chemical strippers and heat guns are great for removing particularly stubborn paint.
• You need to fill in all the cracks and holes in the walls with a filler, then sand them down once they’re dry. And it’s important to clean all surfaces from dust and grime before you begin putting on your undercoat. Sugar soap is ideal for this.
• Brushes come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s always good to get the best quality you can afford. Tapered ones like this are perfect for accurate cutting in. Little ones are great for window sills and a broad brush is perfect for walls and getting a great finish on doors.
• But a roller is even better as it quickly gives even coverage without leaving edges. Just make sure you don’t overload your roller and avoid going into the corners.
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