Secrets to Successful Painting
Before initiating a project, we strongly suggest that you read the instruction on each can of FPE finishes and refer to the detailed instructions in this manual. This simple step will enable you to prepare properly for the task ahead.
Call for Advice
In the event that you have a question regarding Fine Paints of Europe® paints or proper painting procedures, we encourage you to call 800-332-1556 for assistance. Technical support is available Monday through Saturday.
As Fine Paints of Europe® paints contain no extenders or fillers, they should be applied only after the work area has been thoroughly dusted and vacuumed. We strongly advise the use of a clean rag or tack cloth to “wipe down” surfaces immediately before painting.
Although the degree of preparation will vary from job to job — be it cleaning, spackling, sanding or stripping — we have observed that the ultimate quality of the finish will be determined largely by the care taken in these preliminary steps. When interior washing is necessary, use a solution of a mild, powdered detergent and water, as liquid cleaners leave a film that interferes with the proper adhesion of paint. Approach preparation in a systematic, thorough fashion — there are no short cuts to painting success.
Although not always necessary, we find that application of the appropriate primer greatly enhances the appearance, durability, and ease of application of Fine Paints of Europe® finishes. A good primer will provide a uniform, opaque foundation with enough “bite” to assure an ideal surface for bonding.
Paint with a Wet Floor
Many experienced professional painters employ some form of the “wet floor technique” to eliminate airborne dust prior to the application of coatings.
High Quality Applicators
We recommend premium quality rollers and brushes for the application of Fine Paints Of Europe coatings. A good tool will assure first-class results and east of application. Quality tools are available from Fine Paints Of Europe retailers or directly from Fine Paints Of Europe.
A long-handled roller, which is available from any quality paint merchant, substantially reduces the effort in painting walls and ceilings. The leverage provided by a long handle allows the smooth, even application of all finishes.
Sanding Between Coats of Brilliant and Satin Enamel and Varnish
Painting craftsmen always sand lightly with a fine paper (220 – 280 grit) between coats to produce enamel work of the highest quality. This step maximizes adhesion and buffs out surface imperfections. On walls and ceilings, this step can be done quickly and efficiently with the use of a pole sander (if you cannot locate this device, please give us a call, as this tool is an inexpensive labor-saver). Walls and ceilings should be vacuumed prior to the next coat; woodwork should be vacuumed and tacked.
Build a Final Finish When Working with Hollandlac
When working with a traditional alkyd finish it is desirable to apply thin coats and to avoid the tendency to “paint with a heavy hand”. High quality oil paints which contain no extenders or fillers will normally yield the best results when applied in two or more coats. The use of thin coats assures even drying and precludes running, dripping and sagging. Eurolux and ECO coatings are to be applied in a more liberal fashion than Hollandlac.
A good paint application can be expected to retain its beauty and appearance for a good number of years. Accidents do occur, however, and we therefore suggest that you retain a small amount of paint in a tightly sealed container for touch-up purposes. By being able to touch-up damage in high traffic areas, you will increase the longevity of the finish significantly.