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How to prep your surface for painting

Good preparation is the key to a great result that’ll stand the test of time. Remember, paint shouldn’t be used to cover holes and cracks (a poorly prepared surface is often the major cause of poor results).

Protect unpainted surfaces and furniture

  • Move all furniture out of the room. If you don't have a lot of space, move it into the middle of the room and cover with a cloth or drop sheet.
  • Lay down a proper drop sheet to protect your flooring. Try not to use old sheets, they are too absorbent and the paint will often soak through.
  • Mask skirting boards and trims with suitable masking tape.
  • Mask electrical switches instead of removing them; it’s much safer and will reduce your workload.
  • Mask the corner when painting adjacent walls with different colours. This will help to protect the wall you’re already painting and make it easier when cutting in.

Prepare the surface

  • Remove all loose, flaking or powdery paint from previously painted surfaces with a scraper.
  • Wash all surfaces with Selley's® Sugar Soap, as any dust and dirt will prevent paint from sticking.
  • Patch any cracks and holes with a suitable filler or sealant such as Selley’s Spakfilla®.
  • Sand down to a smooth level surface and dust off.
  • For bare surfaces, apply a coat of British Paints PREP 4 in 1® Undercoat. Remember to use either oil or acrylic PREP 4 in 1, depending on the surface you’re painting. For additional information check the product label.

Your surface is now correctly prepped for painting, let the painting begin.