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How to paint interior walls

Painting interior walls with Resene SpaceCote waterborne enamel

Before starting

If the wall is new, ensure it is clean and dust free and has been sealed with either Resene Broadwall Waterborne Wallboard Sealer (see Data Sheet D403) or Resene Sureseal (see Data Sheet D42).

If the wall has been previously painted, use a clean cloth and wipe the wall down using a solution of Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner and fresh water.

Fill any gaps with Selleys No More Gaps and any holes or voids with Selleys RapidFilla or PermaFill.

You will need a PAL No. 1 Roller (8mm fine Dacron) and brush for cutting-in.

Lightly dampen the roller sleeve before use. Ensure the excess water is removed – it should be slightly damp rather than wet to touch.

Mask skirting boards and light switches etc to prevent any paint splatter from the roller. Ensure flooring is protected with drop sheets and paint shields.

Pour approx 3/4 litre to 1 litre of paint into the roller tray and work the roller well into the paint. With new roller sleeves this usually takes a couple of minutes.

Then decant about half a litre of paint into a paint pot – wipe the edge and rim to remove the excess paint. Once done replace the lid back onto the container.

Please take the time to carefully read through the instructions on the label. More information including Data Sheets and Safety Data Sheet/s (SDS) can be found on the Resene website.


Resene Fly Deterrent additive is available for dosing into Resene waterborne paints, including Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen (see Data Sheet D311) and Resene SpaceCote Flat (see Data Sheet D314), to deter flies from landing on the painted surface reducing the appearance of fly spots.

In mould prone areas, such as bathrooms, consider purchasing Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom (see Data Sheet D311K) or Resene MoulDefender, which can be dosed into a wide range of Resene waterborne paints, to inhibit mould growth.

The same application techniques apply equally to other Resene interior paint finishes, such as Resene Zylone Sheen (see Data Sheet D302).

Key accessories

  • 35-50mm PAL Legend brush and/or a cutting-in brush
  • 220 grit zinc sterate (blue/grey) sandpaper
  • PAL No. 1 Roller
  • Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner (concentrate)
  • Roller handle and paint tray
  • Selleys No More Gaps
  • Selleys RapidFilla

Add ons

  • Drop sheet,carpet guards, meths (for clean up on light switches etc)
  • Extension pole for roller (aluminium if doing a lot of decorating)
  • Masking tape
  • Pole sander
  • Rubber gloves (for use with the caustic Sugar soap)
  • Sugar soap 

How to paint interior walls with Resene SpaceCote

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