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The following is general advice.
  • To be a good painter takes years of training and practice.
  • If your hearts not in it, you can do a lot of damage to the house.  Don’t rush the job.
  • A lot of people enjoy it and find it very therapeutic.
  • Painting can be a very messy job for the inexperienced. You need to cover everything with sheets and plastic. Don’t walk off the sheets with paint on your soles.
  • Keep your hands clean with a damp rag. Don’t wipe them on your clothes.

Buying paint

  • Paint covers an average of 15 square metres to the litre.
  • Buy reputable brand paint. Cheap paint makes your job so much harder.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the tins. Allow paint to dry in between coats.


  • Correct preparation is the key to a long lasting and good paint finish.
  • A good paint job starts with good preparation.  Each job needs a different kind and level of preparation.

In a nut shell
Always wash outside before painting.
Scrape and sand all loose and flaking paint.
Sand and wipe down all gloss trim before painting.

Prime and undercoat your surface.
As a general rule prime all bar substrate and under coat all trim.
Tint it up to match so the top coats have better coverage power

Keep records.
Record the brand, color name, and where it was used. This will help in buying more paint or doing your touch-ups easier.

Gloss levels

Ceiling Flat Water base
Walls Low sheen Water base
Trim Under coat then Gloss Water base or oil
Bare material Primer Water base or oil


Weather board homes Gloss Water base
Render Low sheen Water base

Your gear

  • Soak your brush for a couple of minutes in water before you start and flick out the water, this will stop the paint drying out up the bristles.
  • Check your brush, pot, roller sleeve and tray for contaminants.
  • Make sure their clean and dry for the next day.
  • Use a wire brush on your brushes when washing out.
  • Keep your brush sitting upright in water overnight, up to the top of the bristles.
  • Don’t wash in the sink.

Watch the kids

Keep them away from the tins and the painting.

“I had a child sneak in and run across a bench seat I had just finished painting in gloss enamel and run through the house on newly polished flour boards. Wow”!

DIY Touch Ups

First try to clean the mark with a damp cloth, then a mild detergent on the cloth.
And remember paint always dries darker.

Dab or stipple the paint to duplicate the roller affect just enough to cover the mark.

Everything else
Brush it.


Use water based gap filler and a damp rag.

If it’s a small chip or ding, fill it with pre-mixed skim coat (plaster) and sand when dry.

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