5 tips to get your paint job right the first time
Redecorating is one of the most cost effective ways to increase the value of your home. Let our award winning Auckland Master Painters share some key tricks the DIY painter should consider before embarking on a house painting project.
1. Preparation, preparation, preparation
All professional master painters know that any finish is only as good as what is underneath it. The surface needs to be prepared correctly to get the perfect result.
Poor preparation can lead to peeling, cracking and flaking paint. If this occurs, an overhaul may be required. So, take the time to get it right.
2. Invest in the best quality paint and tools you can
While lower grade paint gives you more paint for your dollar, it also has fewer tinters, colourants and additives, which negatively impact the depth of colour, coverage, and durability of the paint.
This means you will need more coats to cover the colour underneath, and even then you may not achieve the result you want.
We find when people try to colour match (re-create another brand’s colour), the result is almost always disappointing and not what they expected.
Each paint company will have their own range of bases, colourants and formulae. This is intellectual property that is not shared, so even if paint company A tries to colour match paint company B’s colours, the match will never be exact.
To capture the true essence of the colour you like, you really need to buy it tinted into the brand of paint it was developed for.
3. Know where to put what finish
A paint’s sheen or gloss level can bring out surface imperfections. However, to choose the best paint finish for your requirements, you also need to consider the likely extent of wear and tear in each room and surface.
With a low or non-existent gloss content, flat paints are ideal for walls and ceilings.
The pigments used in flat paints are coarse so they diffuse the light and minimise reflection, resulting in surface imperfections being less obvious. However, flat finishes are generally a lot more difficult to clean than those paints with a higher level of sheen in them.
Low sheen paint is suitable for ceilings and walls. This type of finish is slightly shiny and allows for easier cleaning than a flat finish.
Satin finish (also known as semi-gloss)
Satin paints have around 50 to 70 per cent gloss content. They are generally used for hard working areas, such as kitchen and hallway walls, and for durability on interior timber trims.
Due to the higher gloss content in satin paints, it tends to highlight surface imperfections. So, if you’re using one, make sure to prepare the surfaces well.
Gloss paints are shiny and are best used on surfaces that you wish to stand out. The only surfaces we tend to recommend using a gloss finish for are front doors.
4. Paint in the right conditions
If your DIY painting project involves the interior of your home, make sure that each room is well ventilated with windows open and as much air circulating as possible. Some people can have a negative reaction to paint, so be very mindful of any noticeable changes in health as you paint.
If you are painting the exterior of your home, ventilation will not be a problem. However, you shouldn’t paint if it looks like it is going to rain. The rule-of-thumb most painters use is if you would not hang out your washing due to fear of rain, then you shouldn’t paint.
5. Know when to get expert assistance
Painting the inside of the house is a DIY job that many of us will happily give a go. But despite our best intentions, sometimes things do not go according to plan – or appear as easy to manage as on TV.
Be realistic about what you can achieve – there are many tales about DIY projects which were never finished, or became expensive disasters which took a qualified tradesperson many hours to remedy. When in doubt, ask for help.
Wall Treats is an award-winning team of Auckland master painters, taking pride in delivering precise and lasting paintwork. To book a free, no obligation quote call us on 0800 008 168.
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