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Sometimes starting a new project within your home is daunting, especially if you are not a DIY expert. Good news though - we are and we are here to help. Browse through our how to guides to help you prepare properly for a project and carry it through to the end getting a result to be proud of!  You can always pop in to your nearest Colourtrend expert for lots more friendly and knowledgeable advice in store.

  1. How to paint wood furniture
  2. How to paint interior walls - fresh plaster/plasterboard
  3. How to paint a front door
  4. How to paint the wooden surround of a fireplace

How to paint wooden furniture:

Previously coated wood will require light sanding first to provide a ‘key’. Make sure the surface to be painted is clean, dry and free from any dirt or grease.  Wash down with sugar soap, rinse well and allow to dry thoroughly.  The product to use next depends on the type of wood to be painted.

On bare or previously coated hardwoods, we recommended two coats of Colourtrend Prime1.

On bare or previously coated softwoods we recommend one coat of Colourtrend Undercoat.

Follow this with two coats of your chosen top-coat in your chosen colour:   Colourtrend Gloss, Colourtrend Satin or Colourtrend Eggshell - tinted to any colour of your choosing or Sustain Care 22 tinted to your chosen colour.

As all these paints are low odour and waterbased, they dry quite quickly and can usually be recoated after 6-8 hours.  However, remember that drying times are dependent on ambient temperature and relative humidity.

Note: all advice above is dependent on the suitable condition of the wood to be painted.  If you are unsure about a project we recommend you contact your nearest Colourtrend expert for more detailed advice – remember, you can bring your piece of furniture with you if transport allows.

Requirements:

  • Colourtrend Prime1 or Colourtrend Undercoat
  • Colourtrend Gloss or Colourtrend Satin or Sustain Care 22
  • Sugar Soap – if required
  • Sanding paper
  • Brush and/or roller

How to paint interior walls - fresh plaster/plasterboard

Remember to leave at least a week in for the plaster/plasterboard to fully dry before beginning any painting projects.  This drying time is dependent on ambient temperature and relative humidity.

For bare plaster/plasterboard, we recommend two coats of Colourtrend Prime4 PSU: the first coat should be thinned by 10%, the second coat then applied full strength.  Using Colourtrend’s 100% acrylic primer really is the best start you can give your walls, as this will be the base for all future wall coatings.

Once dry, follow with 2 coats of your chosen top coat – Colourtrend Interior Matt, Colourtrend Ceramic Matt or Colourtrend Soft Sheen.  

All Colourtrend paints are washable.  However, our most durable finish is Colourtrend Soft Sheen which we would recommend for use in kitchens, bathrooms and areas with higher traffic, such as hallways and stairwells.  If there are imperfections on the walls it is best to use a matt finish.  

Colourtrend Prime4 PSU is also recommended when changing from a dark to lighter colour as a coat to “neutralise” the strength of the dark colour – this can be tinted to the best Foundation Coat colour for your chosen top coat colour – talk to your Colourtrend expert for more advice on colour change base coats – bring paint references or photos with you when you visit.

Requirements:

  • Colourtrend Prime4 PSU
  • Colourtrend Interior Matt, Colourtrend Ceramic Matt or Colourtrend Soft Sheen tinted to any colour of your choosing
  • Brush or roller
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloth

How to paint a front door

Previously coated wood will require light sanding first to provide a ‘key’. Make sure the surface to be painted is clean, dry and free from any dirt or grease. 

On bare or previously coated hardwoods, we recommended two coats of Colourtrend Prime1.

On bare or previously coated softwoods we recommend one coat of Colourtrend Undercoat.

Follow this with two coats of your chosen top-coat in your chosen colour:   Colourtrend Gloss for best exterior durability or you can also choose Colourtrend Satin or Colourtrend Eggshell- tinted to any colour of your choosing.

As all these paints are low odour and waterbased, they dry quite quickly and can usually be recoated after 6-8 hours.  However, remember that drying times are dependent on ambient temperature and relative humidity.  DO NOT paint outside if there is a risk of rain, frost or fog or if the temperature will fall below 10°C/ 50°F during the application or drying times.

Note: all advice above is dependent on the suitable condition of the wood to be painted.  If you are unsure about a project we recommend you contact your nearest Colourtrend expert for more detailed advice.

Requirements:

  • Colourtrend Prime1 or Colourtrend Undercoat
  • Colourtrend Gloss (recommended), Colourtrend Satin or Colourtrend Eggshell
  • Sanding paper
  • Brush and/or roller
  • Masking tape

How to paint a the wooden surround of a fireplace

Previously coated wood will require light sanding first to provide a ‘key’. Make sure the surface to be painted is clean, dry and free from any dirt or grease. 

On bare or previously coated hardwoods, we recommended two coats of Colourtrend Prime1.

On bare or previously coated softwoods we recommend two coats of Colourtrend Undercoat.

Follow this with two coats of your chosen top-coat in your chosen colour:   Colourtrend Gloss, Colourtrend Satin or Colourtrend Eggshell - tinted to any colour of your choosing.

As all these paints are low odour and waterbased, they dry quite quickly and can usually be recoated after 6-8 hours.  However, remember that drying times are dependent on ambient temperature and relative humidity. 

Note: all advice above is dependent on the suitable condition of the wood to be painted.  If you are unsure about a project we recommend you contact your nearest Colourtrend expert for more detailed advice.

Requirements:

  • Colourtrend Prime1 or Colourtrend Undercoat
  • Colourtrend Gloss, Colourtrend Satin or Colourtrend Eggshell
  • Sanding paper
  • Brush and/or roller
  • Masking tape