Basic Surface Preparation 

5 easy guidelines

Basic prep. resource
Patching drywall
Hints and tips



Painting tip:
When oil painting you can save your brush, without cleaning it, for up to 3 weeks. Simply rap in plastic bag and place in freezer. When continuing the paint job allow to defrost for 1 hour.

Antiquing silver leaf
The soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.

Rag rolling

Color wash

more decorative techniques...





In this section

  1. Metal
  2. Glass
  3. Wood




Loosen all rusted or flaking areas with a scrapper, metal brush, steel wool or sandpaper. Sand surface to smooth out and fill any necessary areas with Bondo. Sand and reshape area filled if necessary. Use a metal primer, such as Ben Moore primer , and completely prime surface. Once primer is completely dry, begin applying base color (for decorative techniques) or finished coat (for one color application). For more information on primers click here.


Remove excess paint, varnish or grease with appropriate strippers and scrapers. To determine the correct stripper and method best suited for your project, refer to the artSparx stripper resource. Glass can be tinted to virtually any color using transparent glass paint. 


Thoroughly clean piece to be refinished. Lightly sand object, sanding with the direction of the grain when possible. The objective is to create ‘tooth’ on the surface. By sanding the finished surface, the surface becomes slightly rough (creating tooth) and allows the subsequent layer of primer to effectively ‘bite’ onto the surface, or to adhere properly. Fill any areas with wood filler and allow to dry completely. Sand filled areas and remove any dust with a tack cloth. Prime furniture with the appropriate primer. To determine the correct primer to use, refer to the artSparx primer resource. Once primer is completely dry, begin applying base color (for decorative techniques) or finished coat (for one color application).



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