I want to paint the cistern matt brown but the only advice I can get is to use Hammerite gloss. Alternatively I have heard you can use any oil based paint but with no undercoat which doesnt seem right. Also where do I find brown matt oil based paint nowadays ?
I have painted the waste pipe with emulsion which seems to hold OK but dont want to risk experimenting on the "main feature" - the cistern !
The only successful way to paint shiny, non-porous surfaces such as a cistern is by priming first with Zinsser. This is a special primer which stick to (rather than soaks in) to surfaces such as glass. porcelain etc.
Once dry (24 hours) you can overpaint with whatever you like.
To be perfectly honest masonry paint is about the only thing we have not tries on top of Zinsser primer, but everything else has worked fine so no reason to suppose it wont. Please let us know jhow it goes, it might help- others
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