Initial Preparation

Before you start:

Inspect all of the surfaces to determine defects that exist and the tools you will need to fix them. Determine what types of finishes have been previously used to help you select the correct primer, sealer, undercoat or topcoat required.

Make the surfaces easily accessible by clearing the room as completely as possible. Remove pictures, nails, hooks, curtains and rods, tables, chairs, light fittings, door handles etc. Gather up bulky furniture in the centre of the room and cover it with a drop cloth. Mask skirting boards, particularly if stained or varnished to protect against paint spots.

Preparing previously painted surfaces:

Wash to remove all dirt dust grease and grime. Fill holes and cracks with a suitable filler and sand smooth. Surface must be clean, dry and free from any contamination. Prepare and spot seal bare substrates as per new work instructions below. Follow additional instructions on the paint can for specific surface types.

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