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How to Paint Correctly

For someone who has just moved cork and is pleased about his natural effect, the following article may be strange. But if one finds in an apartment or a house with cork glued ceilings and walls, it can make sense to paint the cork. If ceilings or walls are to be lighter or darker, this is possible with the aid of dispersion paints. It is important to know, however, whether the cork has been pretreated or not.


  • A sponge (to test whether the cork was pretreated).
  • Emulsion paint
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Crepe tape for masking sockets, trim strips, and adjacent walls
  • Color rollers and brushes
  • Telescopic bars for ceilings
  • Farbabrollbehälter


  1. A water test is used to find out whether the cork has been pretreated.If you hold a wet sponge on the cork and the water is absorbed, this is reflected in a dark spot in the material.This only happens when cork has not been pretreated.If the color of the material does not change in spite of water, the cork is pretreated and must be sanded with a fine 100 or 150 paper before painting.
  2. Even if greasy stains or heavy impurities are on the cork ceilings and walls, these must be pretreated.
  3. If the structure of the cork is to be maintained, dispersion paints can also be diluted with water.Then they only have a glaze, the natural structure remains intact, and the cork itself does not have an 
  4. In any case, the substrate must be clean, dust-free and lint-free before starting to be painted.
  5. All adjacent surfaces, sockets, and windows should be carefully taped for preparation.
  6. To avoid messing, the dipped ink rollers should be removed from the wall in a paint roller container or a lattice of superfluous paint before painting on the wall.
  7. After the first coat, the paint must completely dry. Then it may be necessary, depending on the opacity of the color, which still several coats are needed.After each painting, a sufficient drying pause of approximately eight hours is required.Tips
  • If the water test has to be performed on the ceiling, the sponge can be clamped to the ground using a telescopic bar or broomstick.
  • If the pores of the cork are too large or if the material starts to crumble, it may be useful to pre-treat the affected parts with a brush or to paint them over a large area.

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