We have heard of those “NO PREP” paints out there, but with so many variable surfaces one might consider painting - be it laminates, melamine, glass, ceramic or previously waxed, varnished or oil painted surfaces etc...the idea that a single paint can stick to any of those surfaces without a bit of prep is utterly prep-osterous (sorry guys, I really couldn't resist). The point is that there is no 'One Size Fits All' product. Each piece needs to be assessed and prepped accordingly. Its not something to be feared, it’s very easy and straight forward, and it really takes very little time.
Let us clear up the confusion about what prep actually looks like and the kinds of pieces that need a little more attention before getting down to the nitty gritty. CLICK HERE to view a flow chart that will help you assess your own piece so that you can start your painting adventure off right.
• A professional painter’s first step - NO MATTER THE SURFACE THEY ARE PAINTING ON - is to give their substrate a thorough wipe down with an industrial grade degreaser and deglosser like TSP to ensure there is no oily residue left on the piece that could interfere with paint adhesion.
• If the flow chart above says that you need to thoroughly clean your piece with mineral spirits before painting, you should ALWAYS follow that step up by cleaning your piece with TSP. Mineral spirits is an oily solvent that breaks down any oily residue, however, mineral spirits also leaves behind an oily residue and should always be followed with a good wipe down (and rinse, if manufacturers instructions deem it necessary) of TSP.