Painting Tips

Paint Tips, Tricks, Techniques & Expert Advice

  • DIY Paint TipsAll unpainted surfaces must ALWAYS be primed.
  • Prior to painting your walls a new colour, it is important to paint a white basecoat beforehand. Especially when your original colour is yellow!
  • It is essential to paint a white background on your painted or raw plaster wall when painting up colour samples for the true colour. It is highly recommended that a Primer or Undercoat be used (depending on whether it’s a new or painted wall). Having painted your colour samples you have selected, allow the colour to settle for at least 2 to 3 days and view the colours at different times in the day.
  • All lighting (including natural sunlight and artificial light) affects the colour of your paint as do shadows in a room.
  • A “tint” is when you add white to a colour and a “shade” is when you add black.
  • Colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel are complimentary e.g. red and green, whilst monochromatic colours are colours that work well with each other and are harmonious.
  • Stir paint with a flat-surfaced paddle to mix it properly.
  • Sand in a circular motion to provide the most adhesive surface possible.
  • A reflective sheen finish in a small room with low light will have the same effect!
  • Pre-wet plants or any vegetation to protect them before removing paint outdoors.
  • A Matt finish has the effect of making a small room with lots of light appear larger.
  • Sand between coats of varnish when varnishing wood to remove any exposed fibres.
  • Clean and rinse walls with Polycell Sugar Soap before applying a primer or top coat.
  • Plascon Multi-Surface Primer contains no lead, chromate, or other toxic ingredients.
  • Plascon Universal Undercoat can be thinned with maximum 10% of Mineral Turpentine.
  • Use a canvas dropcloth to cover flooring or carpets. Canvas is the better option as it won’t puncture or rip.
  • Make any necessary repairs, such as filling cracks, etc., well in advance, so these have time to dry thoroughly.
  • Make sure to cover and protect surfaces such as skirtings, woodwork and windows by taping off with masking tape.
  • The primer coat improves the adhesion of subsequent coats of paint to the specified surfaces, once they have been cleaned and primed.
  • Sugarsoap is a neutral, all-purpose cleaning agent that can be used to clean carpets, tiles, baths, toilets and cars and can even be used to unclog drains.
  • Paint walls from right to left if you’re right-handed (left to right if you’re left-handed) so that you don’t place your free hand on the wall when applying more paint to a brush or roller.
  • Does your newly-painted room still smell of paint? Ensure that the room has enough ventilation to aerate, otherwise one trick is to place saucers of vanilla essence in all four corners of the room.
  • If you don’t like the colour of your pine, stain it in a dark teak methylated spirits-based stain before you mix a white glaze.
  • If you’re working on pine or wood with a grain, sand with 120-grit sandpaper from top to bottom.
  • Before you start, check the condition of the surface you want to paint. There may be various surface problems, such as cracks.
  • Never paint over a problem! Browse through the common problems section of this website and follow the solutions provided.
  • Once you have checked your surface always remember, preparation comes first. Find your surface in the surface preparation section of this website and prepare accordingly before you paint.
  • To determine what kind of paint (water-based or solvent-based) was previously used on a surface, conduct a test patch on a small area using a cloth and methylated spirits. If the coating is removed then it is water-based; if no paint is removed then it is solvent-based!
  • The Plascon Product Selection Guide offers a ‘Plascon Show House’ on the inside cover of the booklet, which is very useful for determining what exactly it is you want to paint. Pick up a Plascon Product Selection Guide at your local hardware store or any store that supplies Plascon paints.
  • Identify your surface and the corresponding products that can be used on it.
  • Choose your product according to its quality, the benefits you require, and its all-round match to the task at hand.
  • When deciding to tile first or paint first, this will depend on personal preference. Our advice would be to tile first and allow the tile cement and grouting to completely cure. Then cover the tiles with drop-sheets and masking tape before painting. It would be much easier to cover a floor when painting than to cover walls while doing the tile work.
  • Whether an existing paint coating is water-based or oil-based, the sheen level influences the preparation and paint system. New paint coatings do not adhere to any existing coating where there is sheen. For example, if you have an existing coating of water-based Double Velvet and would like to apply a new coating of the same, sanding of the sheen to a flat  / matt finish would be required.

119 thoughts on “Painting Tips

  1. I need to repaint my facia and barge boards on my house. The boards are not wood but I think they are made of asbestos (fibre). I have already washed them and put on a coat of Bonding Liquid. Is it better for me to paint with Wall & All or should I use Micatex?

    • Hi Andrew, thank you for your query.

      Yes Wall n All will be the best option in this case as it contains a unique dirt barrier formulation that will protect exterior surfaces, plus it delivers superior dirt resistance.

      All the best!

  2. For outdoor ornaments/toys made of iron wire, which will be bent and stressed, what paint will not chip or flake, but will bind?

    • Hi John, thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not have a product for this use in our range. We can advise that the only way to satisfactorily coat iron wire would be to dip it in a coating after the iron is bent and stressed. However this does not guarantee a long-lasting coat that properly binds.

  3. HI, Please tell me what is the color code/name of the paint on the wall, behind the girl on your photo? It is exactly the color I’ve been looking for! Thanks for all the tips!

    • Hi Erika, thanks for getting in touch!

      Please note that this is a stock library image, so the best we can do for you is to eye-match the colour.

      The closest matching colours are Cement wash (Y1-E2-2) and Artist canvas (Y2-E2-1). Please keep in mind that light affects colour, so we recommend purchasing 250ml samples of the colours and painting 2 coats on the wall. If you have yellow flooring (e.g wood) these colors will reflect a pink undertone.

      For further inquiry please contact the Spaces Showroom on 011 467 8693/4.

  4. Hello!

    We are having our walls re-plastered with CreteStone skimming plaster. Should we prime these walls before we paint or would a universal undercoat be sufficient?

    Kind regards

    • Hi Jackie, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Use paint stripper and a scraper to remove the varnish from the wood – pour hot water over the stripper to remove stubborn bits.

      2. Degrease with sugar soap and allow to dry.

      3. If you want the wood grain to show through, mix 50% Plascon White Cashmere and 50% Plascon acrylic scrumble together in a bucket.

      4. Apply a generous layer of the paint mix onto the wood and let it dry for a day. The acrylic scrumble is a paint retarder and requires 12 hours drying time. (REMEMBER: The more layers you use of this paint mix the lighter the wood becomes)

      5. Seal with a Plascon water-based sealer: apply two coats and let it dry after each application.

    • Hi Jackie, thanks for your enquiry.

      Each DIY artist has their own recipe. This is mine.

      1. Remove varnish or sealer off the substrate.

      2. Are you happy with the wood colour? I like to stain blonde wood i.e. pine darker.

      3. Stain with a dark stain (I like the teak coloured stain) over your existing light wood. Allow to dry for half and hour.

      4. Using a bucket mix 50% white (or any colour of your choice from our range of Inspired colour) Plus 50% acrylic Scumble glaze to form a mix. (scumble is a product that allows you more time to work and remove the paint off the wood while it is still wet.) scumble retards drying time.

      5. Using a 50 mm or 100 mm brush depending on the size of your unit, floor etc generously lay the white plus scumble mixture on your substrate. I suggest one door panel at a time or one section of the floor at a time (i.e 1m areas from one end of the room to the next). While the paint mix is still wet remove the excess paint with mutton cloth or a clean 100mm Hamiltons brush allowing the wood grain to be exposed.

      6. If you are not happy with the whiteness of the floor once the first application is dry. Leave for 24 hours and apply a second coat of the paint and scumble mix.

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  5. I am in the process of building various items from Supawood (MDF).

    – What is the best paint to use (lead free).
    – Must I use an undercoat; and
    – To what degree will the MDF be water resistant after painting

    Thank you

    Kind regards
    Daan Klopper
    082 377 4149

    • Hi Daan, thanks for getting in touch. Please see below for advice from our Tech Services team:

      Surface to be dry, sound and free of dirt and loose particles. Wipe down with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely. Prime with one coat Plascon Plaster Primer with an overcoating time of 16 hours. Finish with two coats Velvaglo Satin with 16 hours drying time between coats.

      The Plascon Velvaglo hero ingredient is Polytough – a unique enamel that cross-links to form a resilient protective barrier that makes Velvaglo heat, steam chip and stain resistant.

  6. We bought a house which has cretestone on the walls. There are many cretestone cracks and I dislike the look. What products can we use to prime the walls, which is flexible enough to avoid seeing cracks again? We also want to know what paint to use for the interior (that’s durable, washable, low sheen).

    • Hi Audrey, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      For cretestone cracks we suggest priming the cracks first with Plascon Plaster Primer and then filling them with Polydilla Mendal 90. Allow this to dry for 16 hours before over coating with your chosen Plascon top coat. For the interior surfaces we would suggest using Double Velvet, as it has a velvet sheen finish, is easy to clean, has a unique stain barrier, has low VOC levels and contains a 7 year guarantee!

  7. I want to paint my outside walls and have opted for Micatex Dune 4 BBO 605 but I’m not sure what colour to use for the bottom part of the walls. The house is very old and the walls are made of huge rocks with some old additions of red brick, but they all have been covered in paint.

    Please tell me if its possible to paint over an oil paint using Micatex?

    Thank you
    N. G. Msimang

    • Hi Mr Msimang, thank you for your query.

      A Universal Undercoat will need to be used once the walls have been cleaned with sugar soap. Micatex is water-based, so will not adhere to an oil-based paint without the universal undercoat.

      Firstly you would need to remove any oil, grease and dirt with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder solution, rinse well and allow to dry. Remove loose friable material by wire brushing. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Apply one coat of the Universal Undercoat and allow to dry for 16 hours. Then you can paint with two coats of Micatex – allowing two hours drying times between coats.

      For colour advise, please refer to Plascon Spaces.

  8. Hi, is there a paint that can be applied to prevent dripping from a galvanized carport roof during the cold winter nights? If not, is there something else you can suggest? Thank you.

  9. My painter painted a new plastered surface with Plascon Micatex without a primer. I decided to paint a universal undercoat on top of the painted surface. Will that work?

    • Hi Allister, thank you for your query. If you followed the below steps then it should work out just fine.

      Any substrate needs to be clean, dry and sound. Should there be any white powdery substance on the walls, please use a scotch brite pad and a Sugarsoap solution to wash over that, rinse with tap water and allow to dry. If the cement has properly cured (28 days) and you do not have any moisture problems, then you can apply two coats of the Micatex over the universal undercoat allowing two hours drying time between coats.

  10. Should I use Universal Undercoat or Plaster Primer on new cement plaster walls – interior and exterior?

    Which paint would you recommend and why, between Kitchen and Bathrooms and Velvaglo on kitchen and bathrooms walls?

    Which paint would you recommend between Wall & All or Polvin Wall and Ceilings for use on exterior walls?

    Which would you recommend for kitchen and bathroom ceilings?

    • Hi Mamotshabi, thank you for your questions.

      Q: Should I use Universal Undercoat or Plaster Primer on new cement plaster walls – interior and exterior?

      A: Surface that was never painted before has to be primed first. New plaster should be allowed to dry for at least 28 days before priming. Plascon Plaster Primer is an alkali resistant primer for masonry surfaces that acts as a barrier coat on alkaline substrate such as interior and exterior cement plaster, concrete and fibre-cement to protect subsequent coats, such as alkyd paints (oil-based paints) against saponification.

      Q: Which paint would you recommend and why, between Kitchen and Bathrooms and Velvaglo on kitchen and bathrooms walls?

      A: We recommend both Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms (KBM) and Plascon Velvaglo (VLO). Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms its water-based enamel paint with a matt finish, formulated with silver technology that protects the paint film surface and inhibits the growth of micro-organisms, it is also durable, stain and steam resistant and easily cleaned. Plascon Velvaglo is a no-drip enamel with a satin sheen finish, long-lasting solution perfect for hard-wearing areas, formulated with Polytough, unique polyurethane enamel that cross-links to form a resilient protective barrier that makes Velvaglo heat, steam, chip and stain resistant.

      Q: Which paint would you recommend between Wall & All or Polvin Wall and Ceilings for use on exterior walls?

      A: We would recommend Plascon Wall & All as the product is extremely durable, washable, pure acrylic emulsion sheen paint for interior and exterior use, with an attractive suede sheen finish which has exceptional exterior durability also has unique Dirt Barrier formulation that protects exterior walls by inhibiting the growth of mould and fungus, plus delivers superior dirt resistance. Plascon Polvin Walls & Ceilings is a superior quality acrylic emulsion paint for interior and exterior use, easy to clean with good scrub-ability but it’s not one of our guaranteed products like Wall & All and it is not formulated to inhibit growth of mould and fungus.

      Q: Which would you recommend for kitchen and bathroom ceilings?

      A: We recommend Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms (KBM) and Plascon Velvaglo (VLO) for the above mentioned reasons.

  11. I have enamel painted walls and I want to repaint using Wall & All – what is the best way to prep the enameled walls? and does good quality enamel paint come in 20L ?

    • Hi Lisa, here’s what you need to do:

      Ensure the surface is clean, sound and dry. Sand down lightly to create a key and dust off. Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat allow it to dry for 16 hours. Finish with two coats of Wall & All. All our premium paints come in 20L.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately Enamel cannot be tinted into a standard colour. We have tint bases that are used for tinting colours in enamel and water-based paints. Note we also offer small tester pots to help you choose the right colour.

  12. What product can you use to clean or get rid of cretestone which fell on a wooden laminated floor while skimming a ceiling?

    • Hi Nicolette, unfortunately we do not have a product that we can recommend for this and advise that you contact the company that manufactures Cretestone or the company that deals with wooden laminated floor and find out from them what you can use that won’t affect the floor.

  13. Hi, we have an old house and we recently decided to re-paint the house outside. We blasted off all the old peeling paint with a high-pressure washer, filled all the cracks and then got a Turpentine-based bonding liquid from a supplier who told us we could paint it over the old paint that did not come off. A few hours later after painting with the boding liquid, the old paint started peeling and we are back to taking off peeling paint. Is there a water-base bonding liquid available to ensure bondage onto the old paint that did not come off the first time?

    • Hi Chris, thanks for getting in touch. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Kindly note that the surface must first be completely stripped off to bare plaster – using Removall All Purpose Paint remover.

      2. Once surface is back to bare plaster, ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry.

      3. Apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer allowing 16 hours drying time.

      4. Apply 2 coats of Plascon Micatex or Wall & All and allow 4 hours drying time between coats.

  14. Hi there, thanks for wonderful advice. What can I use to paint over paving bricks in the driveway? It needs to shade with the existing paving. Also, how can I envisage my house with another colour? I want to paint the outside, and need some ideas. Thanks

    • Hi Ina, thank you for getting in touch and for your compliments!

      Unfortunately we do not have a product we can recommend for painting brick paving that will guarantee a long-lasting finish. However, with regards to colour advice, our Spaces showroom will gladly assist you (011 467 8693) or via email:

  15. Hi Plascon, could you please advise me on the following:

    1) Interior steel pillar previously painted and paint is now starting to chip off and a thin layer of rust can be seen. How do I clean and repaint it?

    2) Wooden balustrade is varnished with a colour too dark, how do I strip, varnish and seal it without damaging the grain?

    Thank you

    • Hi Kathleen, regarding query 1) One way of doing is the following:

      1. Scrape the surface to remove all loose paint.
      2. Sand to remove rust and to create a “key” on the old paint.
      3. Dust off well.
      4. Patch all exposed steel with Plascon Metalcare Mild Steel Primer (UC501). Allow to dry according to the data sheet.
      5. Apply 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC1) to the entire surface. Allow to dry according to the data sheet.
      6. Apply 2 coats of Gloss Enamel. Allow to dry according to the data sheet.

    • Regarding query 2) For stripping off the vanish you can use out Removall ALL Purpose Paint remover (RRA 220)

      TEST PATCH: Conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to ensure product performance. This will indicate the time required for project completion, suitability of product for paint and substrate, and most effective removal method.

      Apply a thick even layer of REMOVALL ALL PURPOSE PAINT REMOVER BRUSH/GEL GRADE (RRA 220) onto the coating. The layer should be thick enough to hide the surface colour of the coating.

      First apply a light coat of approximately 0.5mm, and allow it to dwell for 5-30 minutes and then build the rest of the remover film thickness in a second application. Once applied leave the remover alone as agitation slows down penetration.

      The time required for penetration varies according to the type of paint, and the temperature. Most paint systems require between 2 to 36 hours.

      REMOVALL ALL PURPOSE PAINT REMOVER BRUSH/GEL GRADE (RRA 220) can be left overnight, but do not allow it to dry out.

  16. I have skimmed two pieces of wall that I had tiles removed, no bigger than 30 cm x 30 cm but will paint the whole wall. I need to paint it as soon as possible as I have guest coming to stay in my B&B. I skimmed yesterday. Would applying bonding liquid then priming in 4 hours time and then painting the next day be alright as I need these guests to be happy and not feel like they are staying in a construction site. The guests are due tomorrow evening by the way…HELP!!!!

    • Hi Danie, please kindly advise which skimming product you used before and if this is an interior or exterior wall? We require this information before we can accurately assist you. Considering the urgency of your issue, I suggest contacting the Advice Centre directly on 0860 20 40 60. Good luck!

  17. Hi, I saw your pamphlet of the “Plascon Colour Forecast 2015” and was hoping you could explain to me how to do the watercolour finish which is shown with the “Caribbean Current” on the walls.

    • Hi Lucia, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      The effect you mention needs an experienced artist’s hand. We suggest you contact your hardware, or local art shop for the contact details of a decorative painter in your area. If, however, you are artistic yourself and have a deft hand, please refer to the below info.

      Once the artist has created the shaped outline, a mixture of 50% PVA paint diluted with 50% Plascon Acrylic scumble glaze is mixed in a bucket. Once stirred, apply this paint glaze within the shape and while the paint glaze is still wet, rag off (basically dabbing) the wet paint off using a black plastic bag. (This application removes excess paint and creates a crisp pattern on the wall).

      To create lighter and darker areas (watercolour finishes) the artist needs to rag the same wet area more than once to remove more paint, which will leaved patches of lighter colour.

  18. Goeiedag,

    1.) Wat is die verskil, behalwe die prys, tussen True Colour Fresh White en die Valvaglo?

    2.) Kan die True Colour gekleur word?

    Baie dankie,

    Mev Malherbe

    • Hallo Mev,

      1. True Colour Fresh White is an acrylic PVA that can be used on both interior and exterior surfaces. It has an apple fragrance which allows it to stay comfortably soon after painting.

      With regards to Velvaglo, are you referring to the oil-based Velvaglo or the water-based Velvaglo? Oil-based Velvaglo we only recommend and guarantee for interior use, and it takes 16 hours to dry between coats, whereas our water-based Velvaglo is recommended and guaranteed for interior and exterior use because it has a unique polyurethane acrylic hybrid that forms a resilient barrier that is UV, peel and flake resistant and takes only 4 hours to dry between coats.

      2. With regards to your query regarding True Colour Fresh White, this product is only available in white and cannot be tinted. Please find attached Technical Data Sheets for the products and refer to Surface Preparation, Application and Cautions.

  19. Hi,
    I am busy with a couple of picture frames made with supawood. I need to get a mahogany/cherry finish on it, witch primer or varnish or paint do use to get that wood effect ?


  20. I just purchased Vevaglo Satin Sheen (White) which was tinted/shaded to a slightly darker colour. This paint was painted on a primer. Will this paint peel off from my new rhinolited kitchen walls?

  21. Hi – I’m making some outdoor children’s play equipment that has freshly hot dipped galvanized components. I’d like to colour these components with VELVAGLO in bright colours. Please advise on the preparation needed etc.

    Dave H

    • Hi Dave, apologies for the late response. We were experiencing system problems last week. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. Clean the galvanised steel with Plascon Galvanised Iron Cleaner and rinse thoroughly with water to achieve a water break-free surface.

      2. Remove any red rust with scouring pads or by sanding back to bright metal.

      3. Spot prime areas where rust has been removed with Plascosafe 18 Primer.

      4. Prime the entire surface with Plascon Galvanised Iron Primer or Plascosafe 18 Primer.

      5. Finally, apply 2 coats of Plascon Velvaglo Water-based paint.

    • Hi Judy, are you wanting advice on what products to use? If so, please could you tell us what condition the floor is currently in and whether or not it was previously painted (and with what). Thanks so much.

  22. If I cretestone my bathroom walls, what is the best course of action regarding sealing etc before painting, in order to not have trouble later on with water absorption in the cretestone? Bathroom walls to be painted, not tiled.

  23. Hi there, Is it possible to paint over Velvaglo Oil Based paint with Velvaglo Water Based paint? Many thanks, Colin

    • Hi Colin, yes you can. For previously painted surfaces in good condition, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Clean with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder solution to remove all contaminants.
      2. Rinse with clean water to remove all traces of Sugar Soap.
      3. Sand glossy enamel surfaces thoroughly to an even matt finish, dust off, and apply 2 coats of Water-Based Velvaglo.

  24. Hello, I have recently painted my room with old, off paint. I did not notice it was off when I started as I had a cold during painting. Unfortunately the paint smell is really unbearable and we are not sure what to do. We have tried onions, bicarb, left the the windows open, heaters, candles etc. The smell has stayed for about a week now. What should we do?

    • Hi Jessica, sorry to hear about your smelly situation! Ideally you would need to do a fresh repaint, however you can try placing 4 bowls of vanilla essence at each corner of the room, turning on a fan, and keeping the windows open.

  25. Hi. I have two questions:

    1. We’ve just put up a newly bought cornice in our kitchen. Not sure what it’s made of but it seems “cardboardy”. What undercoat must we put on before painting it it with enamel paint?

    2. We have sapele veneered cupboards in our kitchen and were advised to whitewash paint them. Since veneer is so thin, what process must we follow and what paint must we use? Essentially, how should we do this?

    Thank you in advance.

  26. Hi Tina, thanks for getting in touch with us.

    1. If the cornice is like “cardboard’ Rhinolite then you can apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer followed by 2 coats of Plascon Enamel paint.

    2. Remove any oil and greasiness with a Polycell Sugar Soap solution and scouring pad. For firmly adherent cooking oils in kitchen areas, use Aquasolv Degreaser. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to dry. Once dry, lightly sand the surface then dust off. Apply 1 coat of Plascon Tile & Melamine Primer and allow to dry. Once dry, apply 2 coats of Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms Matt paint. Please find the data sheet for this product attached in the link provided.

  27. Hello, we have recently finished building our house (plastered) and I would like to know which paint would be suitable for the outdoors and the necessary steps to be followed? Also what would be a suitable top coat? Thank you.

    • Hi Shirley, thank you for inquiring. You can use either Plascon Wall & All (suede sheen finish) or Plascon Micatex. Both paints come with a 12 year product guarantee. Please note that you will need to register your guarantee within 30 days of purchase. Please find attached data sheets for both products in the links provided, which will allow you to see how to prepare the plaster walls before painting.

  28. I would like to paint my double garage floor, where our 2 cars are parked. The floor was smooth concrete, which I painted with a roof paint some time ago, but this did not work well as where the tyres of the cars park would start pulling up the paint and concrete. Could you advise me what solution you might have? I do not want to use the expensive polyurethane type of paints that require days to dry and are too professional for me.

    • Hi Alex, thanks for getting in touch with us. Here’s what you need to do:

      1. You will first need to remove all the roof paint off the surface. Remove any wax or water-based curing agents used to aid curing of the concrete after casting. Degrease the surface by using Plascon Aquasolv Degreaser. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to dry for at least 48 hours until totally dry.

      2. For all smooth surfaces – particularly steel floated concrete, apply one coat of Plascon Concrete Floor Prep. Allow the surface to dry for 8 hours before applying Plascon Floor Paint (FPT Range)

  29. Hi. I live in coastal town. Currently the house’s outside walls seems to be painted with Micatex. Will it be advisable to paint over it with Wall & All? I read Wall & All has resistance to fungus growth? I want a smoother surface. Thank you.

    • Hi Andre, thanks for connecting. You can use either Wall & All or Micatex as both are water-based paints. We recommend viewing the data sheets for each to further aid your decision.

  30. Hi, I recently bought a house and have bare concrete floors. I’ve decided to paint the floor and am confused between primer and undercoat. If I use either primer or undercoat first, is there any color paint that will make my floor look like wood?

    • Hi Siti, thank you for inquiring with us. You can use Plascon Floor Paint, however we do not have a colour the looks like wood. Please find the data sheet in the link provided which contains all the information you need regarding surface preparation and application of the product.

  31. Hi. I have old hollow wooden varnished interior doors which I would like to paint, not varnish. My mum has been applying furnigloss on these doors for decades. I am afraid the furnigloss has seeped into the wood. What is the best way to paint them?

    • Hi Junaid, thank you for getting in touch with us. Please note that if the furnigloss gloss has seeped into the door, then you will not be able to to paint the door because it will negatively affect the paint.

  32. Hi, I have new ceilings that have been completely skimmed with rhinolite. We have painted it with a PVA paint (not sure what brand), without a primer. Is this ok? If not, how do we correct this?

    • Hi Surika, thanks for connecting with us. You will first need to apply 1 coat of Plascon Plaster Primer then 2 coats of your chosen top coat. You will also need to remove all of the PVA paint by sanding, but please note that this might damage the rhinolite.

    • Hi Maureen, sorry to hear about your issue with peeling paint. Did you first lightly sand the Velvglo, dust off and then apply 1 coat of Universal Undercoat before applying your top coat?

  33. Hi, I want to change my oak kitchen cabinets to white. The thing is I don’t know what to buy from you. I’m familiar to DIY stuff since I just painted my kitchen wall tiles.

    • Hi Elsie, thanks for connecting. Please see below for precise, step-by-step instructions:

      For previously painted or varnished wood: Remove old paint / varnish by scraping and sanding. Sand wood in the direction of the grain to a smooth finish, Dust off thoroughly Seal knots with Woodcare Knot Seal. Then apply Plascon Wood Primer allowing 16 hours drying time. Finish with two coats of Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms it’s a water-based product with matt finish, formulated with Microshield which inhibits microbial growth and has excellent stain, steam, chip and scratch-resistance. Or you can overcoat with Plascon Velvaglo – a no-drip enamel with a satin sheen finish offering a long-lasting solution perfect for hard-wearing areas, built-in undercoat, formulated with polytough for a resilient protective barrier and heat, steam, chip and stain-resistant.

    • Hi Alan, thanks for getting in touch. Enamel paints can be thinned with spraying thinners, however please call 0860 20 40 60 to confirm the correct mixing ratio.

  34. Good afternoon, our house was newly built 3 years ago. The inside walls must have been painted with cheap / diluted paint as they ended up being very chalky. It is terrible and rubs off on everything. We are going to repaint with good paint and I was hoping for some advice on how to get rid of the chalkiness and prepare the area before painting. Many thanks.

    • Hi Rozanne, thank you for reaching out to us. Chalking is a common paint problem and can be resolved by doing the following.

      Remove as much of the chalk residue as possible by scrubbing the surface with a stiff bristle brush (or a wire brush for masonry), and rinse the area thoroughly. Alternatively, use power-washing equipment to clean the surface.

      Check for any remaining chalk by running a hand over the surface after it has dried. If a noticeable amount of chalk is still present, apply a quality solvent-based or acrylic water-based primer (or comparable sealer for masonry), then repaint the surface with a quality exterior coating. If little or no chalk remains and the old paint is sound, no priming is necessary.

  35. All the walls and ceilings are painted with gloss paint, how can it be removed with a liquid. Solution? Need to paint with PVA except bathroom and kitchen.

  36. I’m planning on using Micatex to paint the walls of my house. The current paint is an oil based enamel in fairly good condition still. What preparation do I need to do to ensure good adhesion and coverage? With thanks

    • Hi John, here’s what you need to do.

      1. Remove loose and flaking paint back to a sound substrate and a firm edge.

      2. Spot prime bare areas with appropriate primer.

      3. Clean old paint with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder solution to remove all contaminants and chalked material. Rinse with clean water to remove all traces of sugar soap.

      4. Sand glossy enamel surfaces to a matt finish.

      5. Then apply 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and let it dry for 16 hours. You can then apply 2 coats of Plascon Micatex.

  37. Hi. I need to paint a wall that is glazed. Those glaze effects they do. What primer do I need and are there any tricks?

    • Hi Melissa, thanks for getting in touch. Before we can properly advise you, please can you kindly clarify the following.

      Are you wanting to paint over the Glaze paint.? If so then slightly sand the glaze paint to a matt finish dust off then apply 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat then 2 coats of a top coat like Double Velvet, Polvin ect.

      Or do they want to paint with a Glaze coat? Please feel free to phone us 0860 20 40 60.

  38. I am wanting to repaint my door frames with a matt black. They are currently painted with a high gloss white paint. What would be the best way to do this? Thank you

    • Hi Anguie, thanks for connecting. You will need to slightly sand the gloss back to a matt finish, dust off, then apply 1 coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat. Once dry you can then apply 2 coats of Plascon Polvin which has a matt finish.

  39. Hi there, please help. Our house is now 4 years old and we repainted the interior with Double Velvet. The walls have been skimmed with rhinolite then sealed, but now there are patches where the paint is not sticking. As you over roll the drying paint, it is sticking to the roller. On the side of the painted area, the paint is flaking and bubbling and powdering like acidity fall out?

  40. Hi. Can I spray paint using the super acrylic Polvin? Do I have to mix it with anything? It would be my first project spray painting.

    • Hi Sera, here’s what you need to do:

      Wash the surface with polycell sugar soap and allow to dry. Apply 1 coat Plascon Plaster Primer and allow to dry for 16 hours. Then apply 2 coats of your chosen topcoat.

  41. Hi, please advise on painting dark wooden furniture that has thick varnish on in white and sanding edges slightly to give a shabby chic look. Which sealant should I use? I was thinking of using Wall & All. This furniture is for indoor use. Thank you.

    • Hi Vanessa, thanks for getting in touch with us. Please check with the Spaces Showroom regarding any colour advice and/or paint effects. They can be contacted on 011 467 8693/4 and will be more than happy to assist you.

  42. Good day, I would like to know: I have a water-based purple paint, what can I mix with it to give it a gloss effect on my inside walls? Please advise. Kind Regards. Mr Kemp

    • Hi Esme, thanks for getting in touch. Yes you can, but you will first need the clean the surface with Polycell Sugar Soap then rinse off with clean water and let it dry. Once dry then you can apply the Enamel paint.

  43. Hello, I want to repaint my burglar bars. Currently the bars have faded but still have glossy enamel paint. I was wondering if you can advise if there is a product/paint that I can apply without having to sand the metal/steel or apply a primer? In other words, in the interest of time, I want to apply a quick paint over the existing enamel paint.

  44. Good day. I have painted part of a bedroom ceiling with bathroom acrylic white over the existing PVA. I see now that it did not take properly and is flaking. What do I need to do to remove the acrylic paint before I apply new PVA paint?

    • Hi Quentin, thank you for querying. Kindly note that we do not have a product that you can use to remove the coating from the ceiling because it sensitive to water. You will need to scrape the paint down back to your previous coat, dust off, and apply a fresh coating.

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