6 Tips for Painting Different Types of Surfaces

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Painting is one of the simplest building renovation and home improvement tasks. It’s an easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project. So much so that people will think twice about contracting a professional painter to do the job. Nevertheless, painting is a skill and requires deploying the right knowledge and experience to master.

Importantly, different surfaces call for different techniques. Check out these tips on how to tackle a paint job on different types of surfaces.

1.   Concrete

Painting concrete surfaces isn’t difficult. You only need to ensure it’s clean and dry. For concrete surfaces stained by grease, transmission fluid and similar substances, use a degreaser to get rid of the oil and grime.

Better yet, hire a sandblasting contractor to do the job. Cleaning via sandblasting is fast, precise and doesn’t involve the use of dangerous chemicals. Unlike degreasing, you do not need to wait for the concrete surface to dry. And if the surface is uneven or rough due to old paint layers beneath, the sandblasting can restore the surface’s smoothness.

Once you are done with the degreasing or sandblasting, use a durable product such as an epoxy paint or exterior deck oil-based paint.

2.   Brick

When it comes to brick surfaces, preparation is vital. For outdoor projects, the best time to do it is on days with low humidity and sunny weather. Ensure you replace missing mortar before you begin. Use a wire brush to clean the brick surfaces thoroughly and dislodge stubborn buildup. Wash the surface with a household detergent and either a hose, scrub brush or power washer.

Wait for the bricks to dry completely before you apply a coat of conditioner or primer. You can use a sprayer, roller or brush. As you begin on the final color, use acrylic elastomeric paint for the topcoat. It will withstand the expansion and contraction caused by fluctuating temperature. Depending on the final look you plan for, you may require a second coat.

3.   Formica

Painting laminate surfaces or Formica can be difficult, but is not impossible. You may need to do it to restore a dated bathtub or kitchen. A Formica surface is smooth so you will have to texturize for the paint to hold. A hand sanding should do the job, followed by a thorough dusting to clear any remaining particulates.

When it’s time to paint, attack the surface with a brush, applying the paint in a single direction. Wait until it is dry before applying a second coat. Put a transparent sealant at the top to prevent chipping and scraping. The sealant is especially necessary if you are using latex paint.

4.   Glass

Painting glass is most effective when you use opaque acrylic enamels. Whether you are creating something interesting for the kids or painting a logo on the door or window of a retail store, brushes are the way to go.

Stenciling is one of the more popular methods of painting glass. Tape the stencil in position then paint within it using light strokes and a small brush. In instances where you want to paint an entire window in one color, place a tape around the window’s edges then spray the paint lightly until it’s all evenly coated. Once the paint is dry, apply a second coat.

5.   Hardwood Floors

Ideally, hardwood floors must be sanded prior to painting. If sanding is not an option, thoroughly clean away debris then sand any rough spots. You do not need a primer. Apply a urethane floor enamel directly. After it dries, apply a second coat before putting a final transparent coat of urethane.

6.   Metals

Contrary to widespread belief, painting metal is actually quite easy. Once you sand or sandblast the rust away, use a grease-eliminating detergent to clean your surface. You do not need a primer unless the metal is covered with extreme rust and you did not use sandblasting to remove it.

Epoxy paints are a good choice for metal surfaces. You can apply the paint with a spray can or brush. If you are aiming for intense colors, you require multiple layers while allowing a 24-hour window between coats for drying.

Get It Right the First Time Painting is an easy job, but can quickly deliver mediocre results if it is not done right. Apply these tips to ensure you get it right, regardless of the surface.

Comments (2)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2020 07:18 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Dec 26, 2020 02:28 AM