Our dad was a terrific do-it-yourselfer and a really handy guy. He especially loved to paint and make old finishes look new again. One of his favorite sayings was “a little putty and paint can cover a multitude of sins.” He also engrained in us the fact that a good three-quarters of a painting project lies with preparation. The same holds true when it comes to applying any surface coating.
So, we don’t even think about painting or applying a coating to a surface that hasn’t first been properly prepared. Thoroughly clean a surface to remove surface oils, grit and grime and to provide “tooth” to which the new finish will adhere. Cleanliness is next to godliness!
In addition, some raw surfaces may first require a coat of primer to further improve adhesion and durability. Keep in mind that sometimes “less is more” when it comes to applying a paint or coating. Rather than globbing on one coat of finish, consider applying a couple of thinner coats for a longer lasting, more uniform finish.
Dad also taught us not to cheap out on the quality of paint or coating. He said that if we liked painting, we’d have the opportunity to do it often if we bought cheap paint. So, spending more up front for good quality product may save you time and money in the long run by not having to apply a new finish nearly as often.