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Top 3 painting tips

Before starting on painting project, take a quick read through these top three tips designed to have you upcycle-ready in no time.


Planning and preparation is key when tackling any painting project. But what materials should you be using and when?


With any paint project, before you get started make sure the surface of the item you’re painting is dry and free from dust, oil or wax. It is recommended that you lightly sand most surfaces with a fine-grit sandpaper (240-grit) followed by a wipe down with a clean, damp cloth to pick up any dust. Then, make sure it is fully dry before moving on the the next step.

If the surface has previously been painted, you don’t have to worry about taking it back to the bare wood, just sand it enough to remove the top layer. This will create a key (rough surface) and the bond between surface and paint will be a lot stronger.


The job of a primer is to prevent the paint from reacting to surface contaminants or from being absorbed into the surface of your furniture, ensuring you have the desired finish.

The type of primer you use depends on your surface and the paint you are using. There are some paints such as Rust-Oleum Chalked Furniture Paint (in a tin), Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint, or Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint, which don’t require any priming, so always check the instructions on the label before you get down to it.

There are different primers which are designed specifically for wood, plastic, metal or ceramic surfaces. Again, always check the label first.


If you suspect the surface may be contaminated with varnish, waxes or other treatments, which is commonly the case with older, vintage items, or you are uncertain as to the finish, use steel wool and mineral turpentine to clean it before lightly sanding and wiping down.

The fine strands of steel wool gently cut into the surface, removing an ultra-thin layer. The main advantage of using steel wool rather than sandpaper is that the steel wool can compress to almost any shape for those hard-to-reach places, as well as on beveled edges or moldings.

You can purchase Woodoc steel wool in the paint or sanding section at your local Builders Warehouse.


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