AUG 25, 2015

The importance of surface preparation

No matter what wall or object you’re painting, it’s always important to prepare the surface first to ensure that the end result is as good as can be. Painting a surface that hasn’t been sanded or stripped will lead to an uneven paint surface and the likelihood of later problems. If you’re thinking of skipping the surface preparation stage to save time and money, it will in fact end up costing you double in the future.

Here are just a few of the reasons why good surface preparation is important...

  • Helps the paint stick: A clean, sanded surface in a good state of repair helps the applied paint to bond properly, giving it durability and longevity.
  • Helps with the aesthetics: Preparing the surface before painting allows you to remove old paintwork, fill in any gaps, and smooth the base over so that the finished paint result is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Helps seal in stains: If the surface has any stains, these could potentially seep through into the finished paintwork if left untreated. Sealing the stains before painting prevents this from happening.
  • Helps with paint absorption: The colour and finish of some paints can vary depending on how well it has been absorbed by each part of the surface area. Irregular surface sealing can leave your paint job looking scrappy and uneven; so a uniformly sealed surface is important.
  • Helps you get more for your money: Good quality paint is not cheap, so don’t waste it by painting it onto an unprepared surface. If the surface isn’t a good enough quality for your paint, you’ll only end up having to strip it off and start again.
  • Helps you get more for your time: Preparing the surface properly the first time around means you’re less likely to have to waste time redoing the surface preparation and paint application when things don’t go right.
Created on 25th August 2015
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