Paint finishes: Information sheet 7.2

Paint is a protective or decorative layer applied to most types of surfaces. The traditional methods of painting buildings include the application of oil paints to timber, metal and plaster and the application of water-based washes and distempers to plasters and some masonry surfaces.

Date
1 March 1998
Publisher
Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Maintenance series, Publication, Fact sheet
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5851
  • File PDF 211KB
  • Pages 9
  • Name paint-finishes-information-sheet.pdf

Paint finishes are renewable surface coatings which rarely remain unaltered during a building’s evolution. Owners and occupiers apply new paint finishes in accordance with changing fashions and to give a fresh, clean appearance to surfaces which have become soiled through use and natural aging. Significant paint schemes do often survive, however, under layers of modern paint or behind wallpapers, furniture and fixtures. The question of how to research and uncover authentic paint schemes, and how to conserve them, requires some basic understanding of the processes of painting and the normal ongoing processes of renewal.