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Stage 1: Preparation

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Preparation

  • Mould:
    Clean off mould using bleach and rinse off with fresh, clean water. Reduce recurring mould issues by providing adequate ventilation. Areas that are constantly damp should be addressed by a builder or plumber.
  • Water damage:
    Before preparing areas where there is, or has been, water damage, check first that the area is dry. Water travels and the water issue may not be directly behind the damaged surface. Once you are satisfied that there are no further traces of dampness, undercoat with FX Max Superprep before applying any finish coat.
  • Hairline cracks:
    Cracks should be filled with the appropriate putty/filler and sanded when dry. Spot prime with FX Max Superprep before proceeding with the finish coat. Large cracks may be a sign of structural movement. This should be investigated either by a builder or Structural Engineer.
  • Flaking, chalking, or loose paint or plaster:
    Scrape off any loose paint and sand before applying FX Max Superprep. DO NOT SAND, SCRAPE OR DISTURB SURFACES THAT MAY CONTAIN ASBESTOS OR LEAD. SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND REMOVAL FROM A LICENCED PROFESSIONAL BEFOREHAND.
  • Dirt: OUTSIDE:
    Hose down dirty surfaces. Use a broom to remove dirt sitting in crevices. A gurney may be required for stubborn dirt.
  • Dirt: INSIDE:
    Wash down walls and ceilings with sugar soap. Ensure the soap film is rinsed off thoroughly before painting.
  • Access:
    High and or difficult areas will require scaffolding or a cherry picker. Check with a local accredited equipment hire company for advice, safety regulations and the appropriate equipment for your project. In older style houses where electrical wires are attached to the outside of the house, these need to be covered. This is a specialised job. Do not attempt to do it yourself. Contact your local electricity provider to carry out this job before commencing a project.
  • Roof:
    Any person carrying out works on a roof requires appropriate safety gear, including but not limited to a safety harness.
  • Undercoating dark colours: When changing from dark to light colours, undercoat the surface before re-coating in a lighter colour to ensure a professional finish. Dark colours may ‘bleed’ through if not undercoated. To ensure colour consistency, consider purchasing all your products at once.

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