Rinsing after cleaning with sugar soap

Postby Dadwood » Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:18 pm

I'm just about to refresh the paintwork in my lounge. It's brilliant white and I'm just going to give it another coat. The existing paintwork is still in good nick. A mate told me not to bother sanding it but just to give it a good wash down with a strong sugar soap solution. He reckons the sugar soap will provide a good key for the new coat. He said not to rinse the sugar soap - just let it dry. Is this right? Or should I rinse off with clean water and let it dry before re painting?
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Postby theshedman » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:19 am

Hi Dadwood, if you are going to use sugar soap then you will need to wash it off afterwards otherwise the new paint will not adhere properly. I would always give it a light sanding too, just a light one as this will remove any small bits that may be in the last coat of paint. Then before giving it final coat wipe surface down with a tackcloth to remove the tiny bits you can't see but will propbably see after you have finished painting.
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Postby Dadwood » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:50 pm

Thanks for the advice theshedman, I will certainly do as you've recommended.
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Postby JRS » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:19 pm

Dont see need to sugar soap a wall unless washing off paste. Should only need a light sand to de nib and bumps and nibs. Matt should take to matt without any issues.
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