Ensure all surfaces to be painted are clean, dry and free from dirt, debris or any other surface contaminants.
Preparing New Softwood
New softwoods, including garden furniture, can be painted straight away as long as they do not have a previous wax, oil or silicone finish.
Preparing New Hardwood
- Allow to weather for 6 weeks
- Lightly sand to remove surface fibres and splinters
- Wipe the wood over with a lint-free cloth dampened with methylated spirit
Old Garden Wood
Old coating type finishes such as paints, varnishes and varnish type stains must be fully removed, back to bare wood by sanding or using a product stripper / remover prior to painting.
- Remove all traces of mould, algae and fungi with a stiff brush or scraper
- Treat areas affected by mould, algae and fungi with a mould and mildew remover
- Wood can be cleaned with Ronseal Garden Cleaner prior to painting, if required
- Any instances of wet rot can be treated with Ronseal Wet Rot Wood Hardener, and any existing woodworm eradicated with Ronseal Woodworm Killer
- Any decayed wood should be removed and replaced with clean, sound timber
- Make good any holes or minor imperfections with Ronseal High Performance Wood Filler or Ronseal Multi Purpose Wood Filler
- Treat wood with a suitable wax, oil and silicon-free exterior wood preservative, if required
- Where possible, preserve all sides including end grain prior to application of Ronseal Garden Paint
- Ensure that the wood is fully dry before painting
For best results, prime all wooden surfaces with Ronseal All Surface Primer and Undercoat - Exterior before applying Ronseal Garden Paint.
Terracotta pots and other surfaces may need a good sanding / wire-brushing as they are often treated or glazed to protect them from rain and frost damage. These treatments will reduce adhesion of the paint to the surface.
Weathered terracotta needs to be water bead tested. If the water beads on the surface, sanding will be required to remove the surface coating before painting. If the water soaks in to the Terracotta, then the paint can be applied directly.
Metal needs a suitable primer before painting with Ronseal Garden Paint. Use grey primer under darker colours, and white primer under lighter colours.
Brick or Stone
Simply remove any dust or loose material with a stiff brush and give it a good wipe before painting.