The Forest Paint Guide

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The Forest Paint Guide

Post by nix » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:13 am

Hello here is the rough text from the "how to paint zine" please amend, change and remake the zine to be better!



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Re: The Forest Paint Guide

Post by ChaoticReality » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:31 am

nix wrote:Hello here is the rough text

Dawnsio 'mlaen i'r gwres prynhawn a rwy'n addo erbyn yfori byddai wedi mynd, hwyl fawr i pawb, hwyl fawr i pawb...

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Re: The Forest Paint Guide

Post by nix » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:04 am


sorry I ha a tech nightmare. I just got the zine compiled, and the Photocopier malfunctioned. agh!

I will try again when the machine getd fix.

Don't start painting until you've read this

Don't just throw paint on willy-nilly…. Pleaseandthankyou.

Very Fucking Important.

Before painting any surface, it should be free from dirt, grease, rust, dust and loose flakes of old paint. Some require primers and/or undercoats to provide a base suitable for painting ...

Types of Paint

The type of paint you choose will depend on the finish that you require and the material you are decorating

Solvent Based Paints

Solvent based paints (aka oil paints) are the type most used for wood work (gloss paint) and metalwork and areas that get heavy use.
The paint is a mixture of oils and resin, paints made from a natural resin dry slowly. Luckily most modern solvent based paints contain a synthetic resin that makes the paint dry quicker so you won't be stuck watching paint dry. CLEAN BRUSHES WITH SOLVENT. (White Spirit, Thinners,,brush cleaner)

Water Based Paints Emulsion paint is probably the most common type of water based paint, again water based paints are produced with a synthetic resin normally vinyl. Water based paints are intended for finishing interiors and normally dry with a matt finish. Vinyl Silk is a bit shiny.

Paint Thinners
When paint is too thick a paint thinner can be used to thin the paint prior to use this will help with the application of the paint. Solvent based paints are thinned using white spirit
Water based paints can be thinned using water

Get to the Painting

OK enough about the types of paint you can get let's focus on getting the stuff on the walls. I swear by preparing the walls prior to painting.

do this by washing the walls with sugar soap to get rid of any dirt, better to paint on clean walls and you will be surprised after using the sugar soap how dirty the walls can get.
Paint Coats

Start with a Primer, Undercoat and finally the Finish.

Primers are designed to seal surfaces, choose your primer depending on the surface. There are paint primers that are designed specially for plaster or wood. Choosing a primer that is designed for the surface will give you a better finish than using a universal primer.

The undercoat layer is to obliterate any underlying colour and to give you a blank canvas to start painting.

Paint Smart

Start with the ceiling - use emulsion on the ceiling first this is simply to avoid worrying about any splashes on the walls as you can cover them later. You may want to consider wearing safety goggles to avoid any paint splashed going in your eyes.

It important to use masking tape to protect doorframes, windows etc

Protect everything. Protect yourself. Ware overalls or ‘painty clothes’ you will get paint on yourself. You will.Protect Forest. Some of this building is so old and beautiful, it must be looked after. It must be.

Please don’t hurry the job sand splish-splash paint willy nilly!

The more discriminating decorator (and why shouldn't Forest not be one?) takes their preparations very seriously in order to achieve a blemish-free foundation Here's a guide to what you can do to smooth the walls ...

For new and unpainted wood

Apply wood primer followed by an undercoat (or an all-in-one). Use an oil-based undercoat with oil-based gloss or eggshell paint. Paint over knots with "knotting", otherwise the sap in them will bleed through subsequent coats of paint.

Unpainted metal

Use a metal or all-purpose primer followed by gloss, eggshell or emulsion paint. Use an oil-based undercoat under oil-based paints.

Painted wood No undercoat required; just wash and sand it. An undercoat may help.

Unpainted MDF needs sealing before painting. Use a specialist sealant such as Johnstone's MDF primer followed by an undercoat, before glossing or eggshelling


Water based paint:
. take excess off with paper. use warm soapy water, and then dry on paper.

solvent based paint.
If you put your brushes away without cleaning them, you'll find them rigid and useless the next time you need them. It is easiest to clean brushes immediately after use. Fill a jar or small bucket with white spirit and allow the brushes to soak for a short while.

Use a fork or your hands (with gloves) to work the white spirit into the bristles. Pour this away and refill the container with fresh white spirit and soak the brush a second time. Finally wash the brush in warm water and shampoo to replenish the bristles.

Once you are sure the brush is clean, dry it and wrap it in a paper towel secured with masking tape so it reforms its original shape as it dries. That way, the next time your house is in need of a facelift, your brushes will be as good as new.

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