Tips on Preparing a Painting Surface

Your finished work is only as good as the foundation on which it is created.  It wouldn't do to create a masterful work of art or even a simple craft for pleasure or profit if done on a less than sure foundation; one which may allow your creation to lift, peel, separate or be scratched off the surface.  In order to prepare a variety of surfaces I use multi-surface primer.  It is available in both white and black and adheres to wood, metal, glass, tile, canvas and most plastics.  Here are some pointers on preparing a surface for painting.

Preparing Canvas

Roclon is a popular surface for creating banners and floorcloths.  It has a fine texture weave that doesn't interfere with detailed painting the way a coarse canvas might.  The only drawback is that it does have a linty surface which shows up in the painting.  I have found that using primer hardens the lint and allows me to sand it away using a fine sanding pad leaving a beautifully prepared surface ready for any type of medium.  I wouldn't use Roclon without the base that primer provides.  Once primed, Roclon is a terrific surface that doesn't curl the way some canvas is apt to do.  Because the canvas readily absorbs the primer, a single coat is adequate.

Preparing Glass, Metal, Plastic and Wood

Glass  Simply apply two coats of primer to the clean, dry surface and let cure overnight.  Primocoat™ can be applied to the entire surface or only under the area you wish to paint so that the glass remains transparent or the beauty of the wood grain remains visible.  The primer can be lightly sanded if desired after it has cured.

Omni Artboard  As a plastic composite it is important that Omni Artboard surfaces, like the witch's hat shown at left, be prepared using Primocoat.  Omni Artboard™ is a waterproof, thin (1/16"), flexible, lightweight, paintable, and sandable mixed-media surface. Prepare with one to two coats of Primocoat for a secure bond with the surface. Once primed, Omni Artboard is suitable for any medium.

Masonite  In an effort to bring you truly unique surfaces we laser cut our masonite.  Lasercut masonite surfaces are silky smooth so they are ready for your special touch. No sanding is necessary however, preparing with Primocoat multi surface primer is recommended to reduce potential bleed-through from the burnt edges.  To do this, wipe the edges of the masonite with a damp paper towel to remove soot.  Then apply two coats of Primocoat sanding lightly between if necessary.  Make sure the edges are sealed and not exposed from the sanding.