In preparation for the Ramsbottom Head for the Hills Festival in September, the outdoor toilet area needed to be stripped back. The existing paint with moss growth had been painted over with a low-quality paint, that had begun to flake a few weeks after application.
It is always advisable before painting a substrate, especially outdoors, to strip the coatings back to the bare substrate. This is for many reasons, coatings are formulated to perform best with a virgin substrate, rather than paint be applied over aged coatings. Both the quality and finish will be smoother and longer lasting using this method.
We used the Complete Starter Kit, to establish whether SmartSmart, SmartStrip Pro or SmartStrip 1 would be most suitable for the porous brick substrate. After 12 hours it was clear to see that SmartStrip was the most successful paint remover for this project.
SmartStrip was then applied to all walls, it is important to make sure the substrate is fully coved, with the right thickness of paste. We often suggest using a £1 or €1 coin as a measuring guide. The paste should always reach the edge of the silver area (outer ring) as shown in our tutorial. The paste was then covered with our unique laminated paper, to not only ensure the product didn’t dry out but also to protect the product from any changes in weather conditions. This is the UK after all!
The following day we removed the SmartStrip, disposing off the paper and paste, following the correct waste regulations for our area. Any residue was then removed using a pressurized washer. Once the substrate was dry we applied a high-quality masonry paint supplied by Hydropak. The result was a smooth, high quality finish, which will last much longer than applying paint over previous years of coatings.