Learning to paint melamine and several other materials on your own is a precious string to your bow.
Repainting is a simple way to give a new look to almost any room, furniture, and accessory you want.
Painting might be magic, but not necessarily simple.
All paint cans display this popular indication: “The surface must be clean and dry, free of dust, oil, and dirt “
However, there are several other rules to follow according to each type of surface.
Preparation: To paint a smooth concrete surface, such as a tile, start by cleaning the surface with TSP (trisodium phosphate powder) or any other anti-residue cleaner.
Make sure to let the concrete dry completely (can take up to 48 hours).
For optimal cleaning, you can also use hydrochloric acid (10%) on the surface to be painted.
If it is a concrete floor in your garage, be sure to remove any oil stains using a degreaser.
Concrete blocks: If you want to paint masonry (concrete blocks or brick), apply a 100% acrylic paint.
Beforehand, clean the surface in the same way as a concrete tile then scrub with a brush to remove all the residues present.
If the blocks are new and have just been installed, we recommend waiting 90 days before painting them.
Caution: To be sure that your concrete will not create moisture from the ground, stick a piece of plastic 2 feet by 2 feet with adhesive tape.
Wait a few days and check if the plastic has accumulated moisture. If this is the case, it is not recommended to paint the concrete.
Preparation: Clean the surface with TSP and rinse. Then sand the surface with abrasive paper (No.100 or 120) using rotary movements. Make sure there is no dust on the surface.
Painting: Before painting the surface, apply a primer on it.
Thereafter, you can use oil paint or 100% acrylic paint.
Note: For optimal adhesion, wait 10 to 14 days before using the painted surface.
Preparation: Sand the surface of your device and clean it with TSP.
Cleaning should be done thoroughly, and there should be no residue of flaking paint.
Painting: Use a foam roller to apply an oil-based primer. Paint the surface with a metal or urethane-based paint.
Apply two or three thin coats, allowing to dry well between each coat.
Preparation: Wash your surface (doors, cabinets, furniture, etc.) with TSP degreaser. Sand the melamine with sandpaper (size 80 or 100).
Painting: Start by applying an oil primer, then apply the first coat of paint. Once the first coat is completely dry, proceed to the second and then the last coat of paint.
Preparation: It is important to remove all traces of rust or chipped paint. To do this, use a steel brush, sandpaper or a sanding machine.
Then clean the surface with paint thinner to remove any remaining residue.
Painting: Start by applying a metal primer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then use metal finish paint. This can be applied using a brush or roller.
Preparation: Wash the PVC surface with TSP then rinse thoroughly.
Painting: Use 100% acrylic paint. This can be liquid or aerosol.
Calling on a professional painting contractor in Horsham, PA, is often the guarantee of a successful project.
The painter will advise you on the paints and types of finish best suited to your building and the rendering you are looking for.
If you need professional help to choose the best type of paint and repainting your home or items, our team at Aspen Painting & Wallcovering, Inc. can assist.
We have years of experience in interior painting with a long list of happy customers in Ambler, Dresher, Ft. Washington, Blue Bell, and surrounding areas.