- 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.
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.
- 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.
Prime and undercoat your surface.
As a general rule prime all bare substrate and under coat all gloss enamel.
Tint it up to match so the top coats have better coverage power
- 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.
Record the brand, colour name, and where it was used. This will help in buying more paint or doing your touch-ups easier.
Brand of colour
Brand of paint
- 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.
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”!
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.
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.