Good Preparation is Key for Great Paint Work

Plan your paint job in advance and work step-by-step. This will provide you with a clear view of the project and will avoid undesired surprises.

Step 1: Decide on Painting for Maintenance or a New System

Determine if the existing paint or varnish system will support maintenance coats or if it has to be fully removed and replaced by a complete new system including primers.

Step 2: Choose a One or Two Component Paint System

An important consideration when painting or repainting existing paint systems is the choice between a one-component and two-component finishes. This choice strongly depends on the existing paint system and the working conditions under which the paint has to be applied (e.g. temperature, relative air humidity).

Take time to study the paint or varnish system and general application tips. They are your guide towards a better final result.

Step 3: Determine Materials Required

Determine color and calculate the required amount of paint needed; make sure to account for extra paint so you don't run short in the middle of your project.

If a primer is required, make sure it is compatible and appropriate for the selected topcoat.

Ensure to have enough of and the correct thinner required for chosen paint system.

Use only quality tools (e.g. brushes, rollers, masking tape, abrasive paper, etc.). Trying to save money by using low quality paint sundries is a sure way to achieve disappointing paint results.

Remember personal safety equipment to stay safe (e.g. gloves, protective clothes, respirator, safety goggles, etc.). Your health and safety is of primary importance.

Step 4: Surface Preparation

Thorough surface preparation is time consuming and may take longer than the painting itself but is the most critical step for a successful outcome that will last.

It is essential surface to be painted are well prepared. Proper surface degreasing and sanding with appropriate grit(s) is a must.

Step 5: Follow Instructions

Before use, read label and follow the application instructions to the letter. They will prevent disappointments later. 

Make sure to follow instructions such as thinning, wet film thickness, dry-to-recoat times, sanding between coats, etc.

If you have questions, find answers before painting. If in doubt, contact Epifanes technical support before starting your project.

Step 6: Practice Your Painting Technique

If you have never used a particular paint system before, practice and hone your painting skills on a practice piece before tackling your finish piece.

Step 7: Working Conditions

Ensure the environmental working surroundings are fit to paint. Consider temperature, relative air humidity and sufficient ventilation before painting.

Step 8: After the Paint Work is Done

After application, allow the paint system sufficient time to through harden. 

Keep notes on products used, quantity and color for future reference.