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ESP Easy Surface Prep

4.83 out of 5
(6 customer reviews)

£20.59

Bonds paint and varnish to all shiny and smooth surfaces – prepares and primes in one so no need for sanding

  • Forms a film on the surface for paints to adhere to – oil or water based paint including varnishes
  • Quick drying and odourless – ideal for confined areas
  • Paint over with your choice of finish after just 2 hours!
  • Suitable for interior and exterior use
  • Eliminates the need for sanding so saves you lots of time
  • Available in a handy 1 Litre bottle

£20.59

(all prices are excluding VAT)

Easy Surface Prep (ESP) is a wipe on/wipe off product which primes and prepares any shiny surface for painting. It completely eliminates the need for difficult and time-consuming sanding and leaves the surface ready for paint or varnish to bond to. It is a safe and effective way to prepare any non-porous surface for painting and is ideal for use on ceramic tiles and melamine units. It is colourless, virtually odourless and can be wiped on and off with a damp cloth making it incredibly easy to use!

Ideal Uses for Easy Surface Prep (ESP)

  • Updating melamine kitchen furniture, great for revamping kitchen cupboards
  • Re-painting a bathroom without having to re-tile!
  • A great way to spruce up tired or outdated furniture without sanding
  • Upgrading cheap furniture, time to add some colour to those flat packs!
  • Suitable for use on baked lacquers and enamels, like lamps and ornaments
  • Even good for use on glass, it dries totally clear

Useful Information

Coverage: 18m² per litre
Application Tools: Brush, Roller,  Rag
Suitable for: Exterior & Interior use
Clean Up: Soap and water
Re-coating Time: any time from 2 hours to 7 days (if painting after 7 days, ESP should be re-applied)

Surface Preparation

First clean and dry all surfaces to remove oil, grease and other contaminants and remove any loose and flaking old finish. For oily, greasy, waxed or varnished surfaces prepare by scrubbing with a green scourer or 00 steel wool soaked with ESP. Wipe clean after 5-10 minutes then follow the standard application instructions.

Application

Apply ESP generously with a clean, dry, lint free cloth. If ESP crawls or separates, the surface is not clean. Wipe off ESP and re-clean according to above directions before continuing. Leave to stand for 5 minutes then lightly wipe over the surface in one direction with a clean cloth to remove any excess ESP. Allow to dry for 2 hours. When dry, ESP may be left up to 7 days before applying the finish. If this time has passed, re-apply ESP as directed before painting.

Clean Up

Clean all tools and equipment with soap and water.

Things to Remember

  • Shake well before application
  • Do not thin
  • Ensure the new finish is compatible with the old finish
  • Use clean cloths to apply the ESP and change them regularly
  • Do not contaminate new clean ESP with old used ESP
  • Do not use ESP for dipping
Read the full technical information for ESP on our corporate website.

6 reviews for ESP Easy Surface Prep

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Although this product is primarily marketed as an agent for providing a bonding key on non-porous surfaces such as tiles, ceramics and melamine, I have also used it very successfully to freshen up woodwork previously painted with traditional oil-based gloss paint.

    Rather than having to go through the laborious (and costly) process of sugar-soaping, sanding and undercoating before applying the new gloss paint, ESP does it all in one in a fraction of the time. It also helps avoid the build-up of paint when recoating with undercoat/topcoat, which can obscure detail moulding.

    I have, for example, used it very successfully to repaint a gloss-painted interior door. Just brush or wipe on the ESP (it’s very ‘thin’ so goes on just like water – hence goes on REALLY quickly, and a little goes a long way). wait five minutes or so for it to work (it cleans as well, so, as I said, no need to sugar soap if the paint is dirty/greasy), then just wipe off the excess with a rag. Leave the remaining film to dry/cure for about 2hrs and you can then re-gloss straight away. Magic! No need to fiddle with sandpaper and getting rid of dust; no need to wait until the next day for undercoat to dry.

    Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    this product does exactly what it says on the tin..(or , in this case, container!)

    i’d used a similar product in the past but was unable to source it gaian locally.. this product came to the rescue.. let me add tho that i simply wanted to repaint some moulding in my bathroom and am certainly not a painter/decorator.. (from Amazon.co.uk)

  3. 4 out of 5

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    Got fed up to exhaustion with rubbing down varnished wood and had lots of awkward access wood to do next (rubbing down above head etc) . As the surfaces I needed to paint do not have any impact/heavy wear potential (which chip//flake etc without proper prep) I decided to risk using ESP . Fabulous result. Took me 20 mins to do entire understairs to loft extension with ESP and maybe another 5-10 to wipe off excess etc….and a few minutes later started to cover more than adequately with undercoat white paint. End result now glossed in white is just fine and considering it was quite dark stained and varnished wood it was well worth the investment. May try on heavier wear surfaces in future. ESP flows like a spirit so it covers well with very little of the fluid. (from Amazon.co.uk)

  4. 5 out of 5

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    I felt compelled to write and tell you about my experience with the Owatrol products I used when painting my dining room. To give you some background, I hate glossing with such a passion that with my previous houses I removed all skirting boards and doors and architraves, replacing them with natural wood. However recently we have moved into an old cottage and removing these items would not have been in-keeping with the structure of the cottage.
    Searching on the internet I people recommending Owatrol Oil and ESP, products I have never heard of before. After searching out the company on the web and phoning your help-line to find a local distributor I purchased both products. Unbelievable!!! The outcome is amazing. I have always wanted gloss that resembles the finish on car body work…well now I have found the product that delivers such a finish. Just a few words of gratitude from a new life long customer of the Owatrol products.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Brilliant product, takes no time to apply and saves on time wasted sanding furniture. Just wipe it on, leave for 2 hours and then you can paint on top. Briiilant. (from Amazon.co.uk)

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I am a lover of hard wood and most of my house is varnished hard wood. My wife wanted it changed she said it was to dark, I panicked because sanding and removing this varnish was going to be very hard and messy work. A friend told me about E.S.P. and I found this web site, It is the best thing I have ever used but don’t miss a bit or the new paint will chip off.

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