Below find advice on your interior or exterior based projects, learning how best to prepare the surfaces you are planning on painting. Take note of the problems section where we help you identify the more common problems faced when painting.

If the advice below does not answer your questions, feel free to contact us.


Helpers to your Paint ProblemsHere you will find advice on how to prepare surfaces, what to look out for and general information on best practices.

Ordered by surface type , this section has lots of useful information for those embarking on a decorating project.




Problems related to paintingIs your project not going to plan? Is your paint not acting the way it should? Or are you looking to broaden your knowledge on the typical paint issues faced daily?

Click here to learn how to identify problems and how best to resolve them when they occur.



Below are some best practices defined by general conditions under which typical painting projects occur. These practices should be followed and adhered to as a rule of thumb:


  • All painting materials prescribed need to be the Sparcolux product recommended. This guarantees results of the highest quality.
  • All paints should be thoroughly mixed before use. As a general rule of thumb, a 5 litre will take at least 5 minutes of stirring, while a 25 litre bucket will require at least 15 minutes.
  • Paint tins and buckets should be stored in a cool dry place. Extreme temperatures should be avoided.
  • Thinning of paint materials should ONLY be done where recommended, and MUST be done with the exact materials prescribed and to the exact volumes. DO NOT thin any paints without express instruction to do so. Un-prescribed thinning of paints will damage your paint product irreversibly. Paint that has been thinned against recommendation is not returnable.


  • Primers should be applied by brush only. Subsequent coats may be applied by brush, spray or roller.
  • Each coat of paint should be allowed to harden before the next coat is applied.
  • Paint should NOT be applied to any surface that has structural or superficial damp. Before any painting is done, surfaces must be free from all contaminants including condensation, dirt and efflorescence.
  • Undercoated wood or metal should NOT be left for undue time periods, but should have subsequent coats applied in due course.
  • No exterior/ exposed painting should be done during adverse weather conditions, such as rain, fog, etc.