Preparation is always key when painting new raw timber, MDF or raw Brickwork our how to guide below will provide you with some more information to ensure you have all the information to complete you Frenchic Paint Project! 
  • To avoid a patchy, uneven finish, you should seal MDF & Bare Wood with 2-3 coats of Finishing Coat before painting.
  • When Painting new Gyprock, we recommend applying a minimum of two coats, whilst the panels themselves are ready to paint, any joint compound my absorb more paint. 
  • AFor raw brick, we advise applying a watered down coat of paint, for your first coat 

When you want to paint surfaces like interior brickwork, bare wood or MDF, there are a few things to bear in mind. Their porous nature can result in the moisture element of your paint being sucked into the surface on initial application – which can mean you use up more paint and often leads to a patchy, uneven finish.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps to avoid that happening…

Sealing the surface

In order to achieve a smooth finish, you can opt to seal the surface first with 2-3 coats of Finishing Coat. This is great for areas of new panelling or shelving, or any bear interior woodwork, brickwork or blockwork that you want to paint.

After the first coat of sealant has dried, you may find the surface is slightly rough – due to the wood fibres being raised by the moisture in the sealant or because of surface dust/debris – known as raised grain. Run over with a fine sandpaper to knock this off, remove any resulting dust and subsequent coats will be smooth.

You can apply Finishing Coat with a clean sponge to speed up application. Dip in, squeeze out the excess and apply in long, even passes. Providing you are using Frenchic paint, you can even add a little to tint the Finishing Coat, which otherwise dries clear, to help with coverage.

Once the surface is sealed, leave it to dry before you go ahead with the number of paint coats recommended on the tin.

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