What is Clean, Scuff, Prime & Paint

Through operating our fulltime flipping workshop where we have painted over 1,000 pieces of furniture to helping countless customers, give their furniture a makeover, we have developed the CSPP method.

Clean, Scuff, Prime and Paint is a method where by the laborious task of prepping is streamlined, without compromising the results or lasting durability of the paint work. 

Clean using Flip Cleaner

Through the years grease and grime have built up on the surfaces of your timber furniture.

It's vitally important to remove this to maximise adhesion of primer and paint.

Using Flip Cleaner this is made easy.

Add 6 pumps of concentrate to a litre of hot water.  Using a chux or similar clean down all surfaces thoroughly.  Give particular attention to areas hands would have been placed over the years to open and close drawers and cupboards.  These are usually the real problem areas.

Once completed, rinse the piece off with clean fresh hot water, then allow to dry.  Once dry you are ready to move to step 2.

Scuff using 120-150 grit

Scuff sanding is used to put 1000's of little grooves in the polyurethane/varnish to assist the primer in sticking.  It is important not to totally remove this layer, just to scuff it.  Removing this layer allows the stain and tannins below to start leeching through your primer and ultimately paint.

Scuff sanding is best described as rubbing the surface in the same way as if you have sprayed Mr Sheen and you are wiping the surface.  2-3 medium wipes across the surface.

Once you have scuffed the surface you can dust or use a barely damp cloth to give a final clean before moving to Step 3, priming.

Prime using Flip Stick

It's prime time!  Using Flip Stick, apply a coat using brush, roller or sprayer.  Spraying will provide best results.  If you can't spray which is a large number of flippers with limited space, we recommend rolling with a micro fibre roller.  Two Fussy Blokes 5mm nap is our go to roller.

Flip Stick comes in 2 colours.  White and Grey.  White is best under lighter colours.  Grey is for use under darker colours.  However Flip Mineral Paints are all tinted on white bases and with their thick and creamy nature, all colours will work over white.

Flip Stick White can also have up to 10% of your Flip Mineral Paint colour added to it to make your own customer Stick colour if you don't have grey on hand.

Once you have allows your Stick primer to dry inspect your piece.  In some antique pieces you may find the polyurethane/varnish has deteriorated over time and the timber is leeching.  You will see the primer has turned brown.  If this has occured you will need to apply Flip Block to ensure you top coat of Mineral Furniture Paint isn't discoloured.

For small patches of leeched you can apply block to just these areas.

If the majority of the piece is leeching we recommend apply Block to the full piece.

Also to note, any areas you have repaired or patched and have sanded to smooth, with probably have had the polyurethane/varnish removed.  These areas should be blocked before paint is applied.

Once you are satisfied your piece is Stick and Block primed you can move to the exciting Step 4!

Paint using Flip Mineral Furniture Paint

Paint is applied in the same fashion as primer.  

When applying your paint less is more when setting out to achieve the perfect finish.  Lightly apply your paint to the surface.

When applying your first coat it is normal for the paint to appear a little translucent.  Avoid trying to get perfect depth of coverage on your first coat, it will only impact your finish.

The second coat will give you the opacity and depth of colour, whilst delivering the perfect finish. 

Apply 2 coats of your choosen colour and you are on the road to completing your project.

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