Back to Basics
Good preparation is the key to a professional look. When preparation is correctly carried out finish coats are much easier to apply and the outcome more satisfying. Poorly prepared surfaces will showcase imperfections. Mould and water damaged areas are to be treated before other preparatory works. Mould is best treated with an appropriate cleaner. The source of your water damage needs to be found and fixed. Remember water travels and may not be directly behind the damaged area.Before painting or sanding, cover flooring and furniture with canvas drop sheets. Once the water source is fixed a shellac-based undercoat is needed, to cover the discoloured walls or ceilings, before re-painting.
Where necessary fill holes and other imperfections with an appropriate filler, sand then undercoat if needed. Remember to use good quality masking tape to tape up areas you want protected such as skirting boards.
Choose good quality tools and when required an experienced and licenced tradesman. Speak to your stockist or call FX Australia directly.
When choosing a tradesman, always check licences and insurances. Ask for references or ask to view previous works. FX Australia can recommend qualified trade men in Australia, Asia, Middle East and in Italy via our international stockists and through the FX Australia training network.
Choosing a Product
Choosing a product or style of finish for a home or large commercial project can be daunting. A finish should be both practical and beautiful.
Generally products with a flat or matt sheen disguise problem walls but are not easy to clean or maintain inside a home.
Products with a satin, gloss or semi-gloss sheen are best for interior surfaces. But they expose imperfections such as holes, poorly sanded areas and walls that are not straight. Good preparation is vital. FX Metallics are great for creating a sophisticated look and providing a surface which is functional in a modern household. FX recommends flat European style products such as FX Mud Paint, FX Lime Wash, FX Marmorino or FX Maximus on exterior surfaces.
Choose a finish which expresses your style, adds colour to a room, or simply to give that WOW factor! Look at colour charts and start with sample pots to experiment with your designs. Look for ideas from the FX Australia Website or discuss your needs with your stockist or call FX Australia direct.