I Need To Paint A Skip. What Should I Do?

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Since skips are usually left outdoors for long periods, and are likely to be filled with rubble or other waste, it's important to choose a paint that's suitable for a corrosive environment. Look for paints that are very hard-wearing and resistant to the bumps and scratches that a skip will receive in everyday use. A uniform finish helps to keep your skip looking its best, so paint that's simple and straightforward to apply is useful, such as one coat preparations that can be applied directly to the metal.

Preparing The Surface

  • Before you begin, use a wire brush to remove old flaking paint or rust flecks. If you're adding a coat to a previously-painted skip, ensure you wash down the surface and allowing to dry.
  • It's a good idea to paint a small area of the skip first, to check you've picked the right type. Leave it for an hour or so to check there's no adverse reaction – if there is, use degreaser to remove the paint.

Applying The Paint

  • Stir your paint for several minutes before you get started. Ensure that the equipment you're using to apply the paint is in good condition, whether you're using a roller, brush or spray. Given the size of a skip, it's best to use a wide brush if you're taking that route.
  • If you're applying a primer, remember that you'll need to leave time for it to dry before applying the topcoat. You are be able to do this in 12-24 hours.

Selecting Protective Treatments

An anti-corrosive primer is well worth considering as a way of keeping your skip looking smooth and clean after painting. Primers based on zinc phosphate make ideal choices, as they're hard-wearing and protect the skip's paintwork from attracting rust and other types of corrosion. At TA Paints, we supply a wide range of paints suitable for skips and metal containers, including primers and one-coat options. We also stock a range of thinners. Use our handy online store to order today.
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