3 ways to prepare for any DIY job

Posted: 9th Aug 2019

When you're carrying out a DIY job, making sure you've properly planned and prepared is crucial

However, what materials do you actually use and when?

To give you a helping hand, try following these tips from Rust-Oleum - they're bound to help...

1. How to clean and sand properly

Before you start any paint project, you should make sure the surface is dry and free from any contaminants – for instance, dust, oil and wax. It's recommended that you should lightly sand most surfaces with fine-grit sandpaper (360-600 grit is advised), followed by a wipe down with a clean, damp cloth to pick up the dust. Make sure it's fully dry before you move on to the next step.

If it's a surface that has been painted in the past, you don't need to worry about taking it back to the bare wood - instead, sand it just enough to remove the top layer. This will create a key (this means rough surface) and means the paint adhesion will be a lot stronger.

2. Primer time

Primer is used to prevent paint from reacting to surface contaminants or getting absorbed into the surface of your furniture, to make sure you get the desired finish.

The type of primer you use depends on the surface and the paint you are using. Some paints will require no priming, so make sure you check the instructions before you start.

There are also different prints designed for wood, plastic, metal or ceramic styles too - always check the label first.

3. When to use wire wool

If you think a surface could be contaminated with varnish or other treatments (this is commonly the case with older, vintage items) you should use wire wool and white spirit to clean it before lightly sanding and wiping down.

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

Lead image courtesy of Rust-Oleum / Cassie Pryce