Tips and Tricks to a successful Painting Experience!
Thinking you want to add some paint to your home to spice things up a little? Never painted anything before in your life? Well its not that hard! follow these tips and tricks to get your painting job looking like a professionals.
Before you even think to just grab the paint brush and start painting, its important to prepare the room or area thats about to be painted
- Remove any fixtures from the wall for example picture frames and hooks etc etc . This creates a safer working environment and makes painting the wall more efficient.
- It is also important to remove any furniture or other things that maybe in the way to create a safe and easier to work in area! Depending on the size and how much furniture you have in the room, sometimes you maybe able to just move furniture into the middle of the room to make life easier.
- Place drop cloths on floors and any other furniture that remains in the room to protect it from paint! Canvas drop cloths are best for absorbing spilt paint while plastic drop cloths act as a waterproof shield, great for protecting the carpets.
- Wash the area with a soapy solution and then rinse the walls to remove any traces of soap and allow time for the area to dry. This is an important step because it means the paint will adhere to the wall, and not to the dust.
- If mould is present, get a small amount of bleach and apply to the area and leave to soak for 15-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly and allow them to dry completely.
- If existing paint is peeling or flaking, scrape back the area to remove the loose paint, and then gently sand the surface so no edges of the old paint are obvious. If you do not remove the old paint it will leave the pealing still even with a fresh coat of paint and ruin the room!
- Fill any imperfections in the wall for example nail holes, cracks, gaps etc with premixed filler – this is readily available from Bunnings.
- Seal areas that may have movement for examples near windows and doors with acrylic gap sealant.
- Sand all these areas back to leave a nice finish on the wall once painted.
- To finish finally apply masking tape to fittings which can’t be removed and any edges which maybe difficult to paint around for example skirting boards and window ledges etc.
- FINALLY YOU ARE PREPPED AND READY TO PAINT!
Another important important thing to consider is to make sure you paint at least two coats over the previous colour. Depending on how dark the pervious colour was you may need to apply a paint primer or a basic white matte for the first coat, it may also be beneficial to use a more expensive paint and also brushes to ensure you are getting the best coverage and the best outcome for the job. Obviously if this is a wall which is a lighter colour and you are going darker you shouldn’t have any problems.
Another tip to consider is painting in the daylight with natural light this ensures that you can see where you have been and what areas you may be missing.
Also first start by painting the ceiling, then the walls and once all this is completely dry, paint the doors, trims and window frames! Its also important to allow a decent amount of drying time between coats, maybe even consider painting during summer for it to dry faster.
Now when you go to paint consider all these tips and get the best looking paint job!