How to Paint Cornicing in a period house while keeping the detail.

IMG_4714We have painted many period homes over the years, and It is always of utmost importance to try to keep as much detail as possible in the plasterwork
when redecorating. Some times over many years, often times without the same consideration, the paint accumulation covers the detail and the only solution is to strip the cornicing, which is a painstaking and costly business, out with the dental picks and stripping solutions. So when we come across a cornice which has to be painted generally we will spray paint it as this done properly will not fill in the detail to much. If it is a case where it has not been painted in many years we would use a thin oil base stain blocking paint to whiten surface without having to use many coats of paint, and then we finish with a spray emulsion.