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DIY Interiors

Step 3: Choosing the right prep-coat?

Tempted to skip the preparation? Don't! Primers, sealers and undercoats not only provide a good surface for the paint by helping to even out the surface porosity, but may also maximise adhesion and opacity of the finish coats.

Some have unique qualities for specific substrates or surfaces and are available in water based or oil based formulas. Using a high-quality Pascol prepatory product ensures maximum adhesion and an even finish with more accurate colours. It’s easy with Pascol Easy-Prep. It can actually save you time and money too!

Water based finish coats Oil based finish coats
Prep coats for Wall & Ceiling None Acrylic Sealer Undercoat Primer Sealer Undercoat None Wood Primer All Purpose Undercoat
Previously painted (water based) in sound condition * *
Previously painted (oil based) painted in sound condition * * *
Patched, uneven or damaged surface * * *
Maximise opacity to cover a darker colour * * *
Interior bare timber * * *+ *+
New paper-faced plasterboard *
Bare cement render, brick, fibre cement, masonry * *
Prep coats for Trims
Interior bare timber and hardboard * *
Interior bare MDF *
Exterior bare timber * *+ *+

+ wood primer plus all purpose undercoat

Pascol Easy-Prep Acrylic Sealer Undercoat

Pascol Easy-Prep Acrylic Sealer Undercoat is the preferred preparatory product for general broadwall surfaces.

Pascol Easy-Prep Primer Sealer Undercoat

Pascol Easy-Prep Primer Sealer Undercoat is the preferred preparatory product for Pascol Trim Water Based Enamel and is also suitable for preparing general broadwall surfaces.

Pascol Easy-Prep All Purpose Undercoat

Pascol Easy-Prep All Purpose Undercoat is the preferred preparatory product for Pascol Trim Oil Based Enamels providing a smooth and even base for superior finishing.

Pascol Easy-Prep Wood Primer

Pascol Easy-Prep Wood Primer is an oil based primer that penetrates and protects bare timber.

Keep reading...

Step 1: How much paint do I need?

Step 2: Which sheen should I use?

Step 3: Choosing the right Prep Coat

Step 4: Prepare the surface

Step 5: Let's paint Ceilings and Walls

Step 6: Let's paint Trims and Woodwork

Step 7: Which tools do I need?

Step 8: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Guide Download

Download a PDF of our DIY Exterior Painting Guide

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