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Preparation, preparation, preparation: no shortcuts to a professional finish

Preparation, preparation, preparation: no shortcuts to a professional finish

When it comes to applying paints and other coatings or treatments to wood, it's tempting to dismiss preparation as an over-hyped part of the process. Not so, says Richard Bradley, Marketing Manager Woodcare at ICI Paints AkzoNobel - taking shortcuts at this stage is the fastest route to all manner of painting nasties - including flaking, peeling and bubbling - and ultimately, a sub-standard finish.

Without proper care and attention at the pre-paint stage, the performance and longevity of a coating will be undermined. In fact, the vast majority of timber problems could have been prevented by taking a little more care before the coating is applied. But why is it so important and what steps should be taken to avoid the pitfalls of poor preparation?

www.duluxtrade.co.uk, or call 0870 272 1100 and speak to a member of the Dulux Trade support team.

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