The experienced professional painters at Apex Painting & Decoration are acutely aware of the importance of surface treatment. Novice painters (and even professionals with lower standards) often do not give this preliminary step the attention it deserves. But without proper surface treatment, the best painter with the highest quality coatings will find it impossible to create the type of paint job you would want for your home or business.

Quite simply, surface treatment consists of ensuring the surface is smooth (or is in its natural textured state), free of foreign matter, and spotlessly clean so that the paint adheres properly. On some interior surfaces, little more than a washing may be necessary. However, especially on outdoor surfaces, more intensive methods may be necessary. Thanks to more than two decades of experience, Apex Painting has the know-how to properly treat any interior or exterior surface.

Dirt Cleaning/Smoothing

The most basic aspect of surface treatment is that of cleaning the surface of dirt and other accumulation. We use non-toxic cleaning products that can clean dirt, grease and smoke residue. Sometimes, however, further treatment is needed. Where the old paint needs removal, we carefully do so without damaging the surface itself. If the surface is already damaged, we have the ability to expertly patch cracks, holes and ridges. For deep cracks or large gaps, we apply caulking to guarantee a uniform paint job. Sanding wooden surfaces creates a smooth and even surface for painting. However, we also apply our knowledge through tricks such as sanding glossy surfaces to provide a surface that the new coat can better adhere to.

Mould, Mildew and Lichen Removal

Inexperienced painters often make the mistake of simply trying to wash these living organisms away. However, this will almost guarantee an incomplete removal and a quick reoccurrence. Bleaching is the method most often used by professionals to remove mould and mildew. Whenever possible, we aim to use eco-friendly products. That’s why our mould removal is done with a biodegradable bleach system. As or more effective than house bleach, you can also feel safe in the knowledge that our mildew and lichen removal system is not caustic and will break down in short order.

Pressure Cleaning

This step will almost always be used to treat exterior surfaces. Through exposure to the elements and years of dirt, cleaning exterior surfaces by hand is often impossible. This is where pressure washing can be of immense help. Not only will it get rid of stubbornly caked-on dirt and other impurities, but it can also clean hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. It is also a great pre-treatment method. For example, pressure washing a mouldy wall makes the process of cleaning and sterilising it much easier.

Rust Treatment

One of the most dismaying things to see on any metal surface is the appearance of rust. In small amounts, your first thought may be to use a rust remover – in larger amounts, many people simply replace the metal. However, we use a treatment method that actually makes the rust work for a better paint job. Our advanced rust converter compounds actually convert rust into a black, protective polymeric coating. This coating acts as an excellent primer. Amazingly, it also provides long-lasting rust protection!

Premier Australian Surface Treatment

The first stage of any world-class paint job is excellent surface treatment. At Apex Painting and Decoration, we have spent decades developing the most effective and efficient methods. This is why we can offer our 100% satisfaction guarantee – our discerning clients would never accept a shoddy paint job due to poorly prepared surfaces. Contact us today for a free quote and consultation!

What are the surface finishing methods?

There are a huge number of surface finishing methods for different surfaces. In addition to the ones mentioned here, other methods include sandblasting, grinding, polishing, buffing and countless more. Finishing can also consist of adding a special coating.

Why are surface finishes applied?

When finishes are applied to a surface, it is usually in order to increase durability, improve adhesion of another coating, for aesthetic purposes or to achieve a certain property. This is especially common in metal finishing. For example, many metals receive certain finishes in order to improve aesthetics as well as electrical conductivity.