Walls

Preparation

Wallpaper and previously painted surfaces are sponged down with paint wash. Areas of loose wallpaper cannot be painted and must be removed. Fill in any uneven areas with a suitable wall filler. In the case of seams in new board material and the like, the seam must first be strengthened with fibre strips. Sand the filler when it is dry. Wipe the surfaces clean of any sanding dust. Where the walls are nicotine, soot or damp stained, these must be insulated first. The easiest and most secure way of doing this is by using Blocka Sealer, which is applied thinly over the stains and allowed to dry completely. An easy way to create an effective wall covering is by joining fiberglass fabric together with fabric glue and then painting it.

Painting

The surfaces should be painted twice, with drying in between coats, using the applicable paint. Use a roller, as the length of the roller’s wool controls how well the structure (grain pattern) within the paint is retained.

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Corners and angles should be painted with a brush, after which the brush should be carefully dabbed onto the surface (stippling) in order to imitate the pattern left by the roller. Remember that bright clear colours do not cover as well and may need more coats before providing full coverage. For normal home environments, Vagans 7 Wall Paint is used. For kitchens, halls and public environments Vagans 25 Wall Paint is the best choice. For plainer surfaces, basements, secondary rooms, industrial areas, etc., Multimatt Wall and Ceiling Paint is recommended. If a full matt and extra elegant finish is preferred we recommend our premium product Älva Wall Paint.

Given that the paint has a fine grain (stippling), in order to give it an even and subtle surface, it should be smoothed over after an even distribution across the surface. This implies that during painting, the roller should be dragged in the same direction, with the same pressure and pace, as was used for the still wet paint. All tops (grains) will then come to lie in the same direction and one avoids “holidays”, that is to say that the light reflects differently on the surface giving a patchy appearance as a result.

Maintenance

Surfaces with gloss factor 7 or higher are cleaned with a cloth and a mildly alkaline cleaning agent which is mixed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Dry off with a cloth dampened in water. For lower gloss values, care must be taken when rubbing the surface as the rubbing action itself may cause a complete change in the gloss value of the surface. In this event, it might be easier to repair the damage by painting over with a new paint. That said, the guideline is to use a weak mixture of mild cleaning agent which is dried off with a cloth dampened with water. Black marks from metal objects are removed with a rubber eraser. Never use spirit solutions when cleaning latex paints.