Getting the Most from Your Paintwork

  • Dulux Decorator Centre
  • 7 years ago

The final touches to any build can be the difference between a well-received project and a disaster. With this in mind why do so many ‘tradesmen’ neglect the importance of the paintwork when finishing up? Too often shoddy painting results in a cheap looking job no matter how well the property has been built structurally. If you think that you can get away with a slap-dash approach just because you’ll be long gone before the poor workmanship is noticed, then you shouldn’t be holding a brush in the first place.

Choosing the correct paint types for the job in hand is the most important factor to consider before starting the decorating phase of your project. Using just any old paint as an undercoat or primer will result in not only a poor finish, but a short lifespan too. Getting your wood treatments right first time will help to prevent any damage further down the line.

New and uncoated surfaces must be primed prior to any further coats being applied. Good quality all-purpose primers will cover most materials including metal, plaster and wood. Many neglect a primer coat thinking that a couple of layers of undercoat will do the same job. Not so. If you want to protect your surfaces, and give the upper coats a chance to survive any length of time, then priming is essential.

Once primed, woodwork should then be undercoated. Again it is important that you choose an undercoat and not just a layer of whatever paint is knocking around. A common misconception is that two coats of gloss will do the same job as a layer of undercoat followed by glossing. Undercoat is a softer paint that will help to protect all of your woodwork from the little bumps and knocks that it has to endure throughout its lifetime. It will also allow the gloss to adhere far better to the wood than if it was omitted.

Now that your woodwork has been primed and undercoated it’s time for the topcoat. Here it is really down to personal preference as to which finish you prefer.

  • Gloss

Gloss, as the name suggests, gives a very shiny finish and, when applied correctly, will give a very professional look to the woodwork. Gloss is also highly durable and coupled with the correct preparation (as listed above) it will last for a very long time.

  • Satinwood

Satinwood is another popular choice that gives a smooth finish to woodwork. As it is very durable and it cleans extremely easily, satinwood is ideal in areas of high usage. Be aware though that any retouches will be very noticeable.

  • Eggshell

Very popular finish, eggshell gives a light sheen that can be touched up easily if needed. Not as prone to yellowing as gloss, but the downside is that it isn’t as hard wearing either.

As with any job, preparation is the key. Getting your prep right will ensure that your topcoat lasts as long as it is designed to, no matter which finish you go for.