Most paint and stain problems could have been avoided with proper surface preparation. These problems include uneven paint coating and the longevity of the paint or stain to sticking to the surface. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s application instructions for their product.
The surface to be finished must be dry and not showing signs of rot. If it has recently rained or looks like it may start to rain, avoid painting or staining outdoors. The surface must be clean and free of dirt, oils, peeling paint or stain. Generally speaking, the temperature should be above 50 degrees. Check the can’s label for ideal application temperatures.
Latex paints can be applied over oil based paints, but for best results oil-based paints shouldn’t be applied over latex.
Before painting or staining, a good coat of primer is required to achieve the best results. If the surface is dirty, stained by oils, smoke or other substances, some primers will stick better than others to give a fresh surface ready for painting. Softwoods require the use of a wood conditioner or primer in order to insure the stain will soak in evenly.
The surface needs to be free of imperfections before painting or staining. This is true for wood, drywall joint compound and any other smooth surface with lumps, bumps and the like. Depending on the surface, different types and grits of sand paper are used to smooth out the imperfections. Use coarse sandpaper for sanding off large rough spots and progress to a finer grit until the surface is smooth. After sanding is complete, it is a good idea to dust off the surface. For smaller items and items that require a very smooth surface, such as furniture, use a tack cloth to make sure all of the dust particles are removed.
Before applying paint or stain, be sure to fix any holes or gaps that may exist. Cracks in drywall can be repaired with drywall tape and spackle, painters caulk can be used to fill gaps left between molding and trim, and large holes can be covered with drywall patches covered with a spackling or joint compound.
Hayward sells the tools needed to ensure proper surface preparation and superior paint adhesion for years to come.
Wouldn’t it be nice if paints and stains would leap out of the can and apply themselves neatly and smoothly to whatever surface we designated? Sure it would… but they won’t. Instead, surface repair and preparation is necessary, which requires brushes, rollers, or sprayers. Because paints and stains are so stubborn, Hayward makes sure to be accommodating and helpful, carrying everything needed to prepare walls and wood, plus everything required to do the actual painting and staining.
Before you can apply paint or stain, you sometimes need to restore or repair damaged wall surfaces and wood. Whether it’s a matter of nail holes, cracks, rot, or weather damage, Hayward has the spackling and repair product that can do the job.
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