How To Paint Tricky Surfaces

Not sure how to properly paint over textured walls or paint interior brick walls? Itching to give those tired looking high-gloss cabinets a refresh? Dulux South Africa Marketing Manager Nonkululeko Mcunu shares expert advice to guide your paintbrush (or roller) to smooth over the trickiest of surfaces for the best results.


Brighten brick walls with a touch of colour

First things first, for both interior and exterior raw brick walls, you need to make sure the walls are clean and dry before you apply any paint. To ensure your walls are clean, use a sugar soap solution with a soft bristle brush. Use a stiff brush to remove any loose material from your interior brick walls and make any small repairs with Dulux Crackfiller. If the walls are powdery and porous, apply a coat of Dulux Bonding Liquid before applying two topcoats in the finish of your choice. Sometimes you get stains bleeding through brick, especially on a chimney breast. These can be stopped with a coat of Dulux Universal Undercoat applied over the stained area, which must be allowed to dry thoroughly before you apply any topcoats.

Refurbish pre-painted or varnished cabinets and cupboards

First, remove any knobs and handles, mask up hinges and lightly sand the furniture with fine surface sanding pad or paper – this will help the paint to grip. Make sure to brush off any dust with a clean brush (or vacuum it off). Next, apply a coat of Dulux Wood Primer and allow to dry before applying your shade of Dulux PearlGlo in Water- or solvent-based. Dulux Universal Undercoat should be used if using a solvent-based paint.

Splash tiles with a fresh coat

Looking to revamp your bathroom or kitchen without breaking the bank? Consider painting tired-looking tiles, rather than splurging on a re-tile job. The trick is to clean the tiles thoroughly and allow to dry. If there any mould stains on the grouting or sealant, use regular household bleach allowing it to penetrate for about 20 minutes and rinse with fresh water to kill it before applying any paint. Mask off the silicone sealant and edges of the tiles then apply a coat of Dulux Supergrip as your primer for difficult surfaces and allow to dry. Apply two coats of Dulux Bathroom + in a range of colours and adhere to the drying times for the best results. Paint will never be as tough as ceramic, so only consider painting tiles in areas where they won’t get too much wear and tear, like showers and directly behind a cooker hob or kitchen sink.

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