Undercoat paint: It’s not just for walls

As someone interesting in decorating, you know that undercoat paint is very important. Not only does it give you a good, even surface that the paint will stick to, it also protects and seals the material you’re painting onto. What a lot of people don’t realise is that undercoats are not simply just for walls – they’re for any surface that you want to apply paint to, like: Woodwork. Whether it’s window and door frames or old furniture that you want to refurbish, you need an undercoat in order to get the perfect, flawless results that you’re hoping for. These primers are easy to apply and provide an excellent balance between filling, penetration and adhesion. Metalwork. Undercoat paint for metalwork is the best way to ensure that your final coat adheres to the surface. It also provides protection for the finished product, as it is anti-corrosive. This will ensure that your paint project will be durable and long lasting, giving you many more years of pleasure. Artwork. If you want to get the best results from your artist’s canvas, you need to make sure that the material is primed and ready to use by applying a thin coat of undercoat paint. This makes the canvas less absorbent and more adhesive, helping your paint not to leech into the fabric and spread through the fibres. Whatever your project, it’s a good idea to find out how undercoat paint can help you get the finished look that you’re striving for and protect all of your hard work. The last thing you want to do is end up with an unsatisfying result simply because you skipped a step in the preparatory stage. For more information on different undercoat paints and how to use them in your DIY projects, contact Warrior Paints...

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You don’t see your undercoat paint, but that doesn’t mean it’s not essential

A layer or two of undercoat paint on a wall seems like a lot of work for something you won’t see, but like any other preparatory step, without it, your project just won’t look as good or last as long. The primary reasons for using an undercoat paint in any project – whether it is painting a room or a piece of furniture – is to ensure that the surface is sealed and that the surface is perfect for the final coat to adhere properly. Here are some of the most common problems that result from a lack of undercoat paint: A patchy paint job. Surfaces that haven’t been prepared properly are often highly absorbent. This is especially true for plastered walls and wooden surfaces. These materials will soak up the paint in places, leaving your surface looking unevenly painted. The wrong colour. Colours on swatches are a reflection of that particular shade painted onto a white background. If you are painting over a previous paint job or onto a surface that is anything other than white, your colour isn’t going to come out the way you’d hoped. You may need to use more coats of paint than you previously thought and in many cases, you may have to start all over again. Streaky surfaces. Undercoats ensure that the surface you are about to paint is smooth, even, white and non-absorbent. Without these qualities, the final coat you apply will streak according to the surface below it. The material you’re painting may seem even to the naked eye, but paint will react to it on a microscopic level. Undercoat paint is the most important product when it comes to ensuring a quality, flawless finish. The last thing you want is to spend your budget on a beautiful finish coat, only to have it streak, get absorbed into the base material or come out a completely different colour! Find out more about undercoat paint products by contacting Warrior Paints...

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