paint twice when you can paint only once?
is an inexpensive investment. The most important benefit is the tremendous time
savings. When you paint or stain, your time is, by far, the largest
expense. And time is exactly what ToughFinish gives you more
helps to ensure a longer lasting, beautiful, and decorative appearance
in all climates.
is it to prepare the surface?
of the surface is an important factor in the success of any paint
job. Even though it may take longer than the application step,
it's worth the effort. A clean, continuous (filled), sound surface
will give you more life from paint treated with ToughFinish.
What steps do
I follow in preparing to paint?
the label of your paint and the directions for ToughFinish. Then
follow these basic steps:
- Cover what you
can't move (fixed carpet, shrubs, etc.).
- Remove what
you can (curtains, screens, plug covers, etc.)
- Repair underlying
material, especially any rotten wood.
- Scrape and sand
areas where paint is loose.
- Wash with a
good cleaning compound. Start at the top, rinse, and let the
- Sanding the
entire surface lightly will give additional area for the paint
to bond to. All paints, whether treated or not, bond better to
- If there is
lead in your paint, you will need to use the appropriate equipment
and safety measures.
- Clean off the
If I choose a
higher gloss paint, will the next paint coat adhere to it well
when it's time to repaint?
Yes, as long
as you do good surface preparation and use ToughFinish.
Can I use latex
paint over alkyd (oil) paint?
Yes. If the
alkyd paint is high gloss or semi-gloss, diminish the gloss first.
This may be done with sanding or applying a suitable undercoat.
What should I
do to prevent paint from peeling?
your paint with ToughFinish will help you solve this problem.
Removing any old peeling paint, and sanding the surface, will
give you even more years of a nice looking paint job. This gives
your paint, treated or not treated with ToughFinish, a better
surface to adhere too.
What should I
do to prevent paint from blistering?
because of moisture getting in behind the paint film. Either
remove the source of moisture or apply a coating that resists
blistering (i.e., latex treated with ToughFinish).
How do I remove
solution containing a 1/2-cup of bleach and a 1/2-cup of tri-sodium
phosphate in a gallon of water can help. Next, spray the house's
surface while scrubbing with a stiff-bristled brush. Let the
formula do its work for 1/2 an hour before rinsing with a garden
hose. Make sure the area is well ventilated. It is not always
recommended to use a power-washer, because its streaming jets
can damage old wood.
How much time
will I need to prepare?
Preparation time will depend on the extent of the problems encountered.
- What are some
of the most common painting mistakes?
- One of the simplest
mistakes in any project is failure to read and follow manufacturer's
instructions for tools and materials being used. In regard to
applying paint treated with ToughFinish, some of the most common
- Not applying
enough of ToughFinish.
- Not adding a
wetting surfactant agent, such as EasyCoat-100 or clear dishwashing
- Not adding enough
- Not preparing
a clean surface.
- Failure to mix
the paints thoroughly with ToughFinish
- Wasting the
paint by applying too much to the applicator, (roller & brush).
- Using water-logged
- Not solving
dampness problems in the walls or ceilings.
- Waiting too
long to paint or stain after treating with ToughFinish.
- Not roughing
up enamel paint before painting over it.