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What Can A Coat of Paint Achieve? Managing Expectations for A Successful Project

As house painters, we can achieve some amazing things. A coat of paint, applied well, can create an entirely new look, inside or out. Wall Treats are a team of premium painters; we work with some incredible homes old and new, and are always proud of the results.However, there are some things that a coat of paint cannot do. The age of your home, the type of cladding, and the condition of the surfaces will affect the result. Understanding the possibilities and limitations of paint from the outset ...

April 17, 2024

Prepping Your Home (And Your Mindset) For Painters

It’s not difficult to find a guide to preparing your home for an interior paint job. There are plenty of guides that lay out the practical steps, and they will include something along these lines:1. Clear the room. Remove what you can; cover what you can’t.2. Protect the floors with drop cloths and use tape for outlets, joinery, and other surfaces.3. Remove old paint or wallpaper. Use a mild cleaner to clean the walls well then allow them to dry. 4. Repair any damage with an appropriate...

June 29, 2023

How Do You Measure Quality?

When we read testimonials and customer reviews, there is always a reference to quality or a quality measure. But quality is largely subjective, and there is no universal standard of quality.Or is there? Ever wondered what standard that quality rating is measured against? ...

February 16, 2023

"Mrs C" Client Case Study: Relationship Building

Building trust is a key part of Wall Treats’ MO, and it’s something we take pride in. This case study, the story of Mrs C, is a testament to the effort that the team puts into fostering a positive relationship with our discerning clients. Regaining trustDifficult personal circumstances on Ashley and Daniel’s part meant that Wall Treats did not give a great first impression in our first encounter with Mrs C—subpar service and less-than-perfect results left them saying “never again...

November 30, 2022

Mt Albert Client Case Study

Mrs C and her husband have lived in their Mt Albert bungalow for many decades, and the lovely property holds many special memories. Consequently, they take good care of their cherished house.Despite Mrs C’s attachment to her house, she is an astute and practical-minded woman. For that reason, in her books quality of workmanship and longevity of finishes take precedence over short-term aesthetics. We first worked with Mrs C several years ago when she engaged Wall Treats to repaint part of the i...

October 10, 2022

"Mr C" Client Case Study

Mr C is a well-respected professional in the New Zealand construction industry—specifically in painting and decorating. He has been a valued team member for one of the best known paint brands in New Zealand for many years.  Unsurprisingly, Mr C knew exactly what he was looking for when searching out a painting contractor to first strip off the existing paint coatings on his house then repaint it. Mr C’s key considerations when selecting a painting contractor to work on his fam...

August 24, 2022

Remuera Client Case Study

Mrs M is an elderly lady who owns and lives in a weatherboard house in Remuera.The exterior of her house was in need of attention, and repainting was a major project for her. She enlisted her brother and sister in law’s help to choose the right painting contractor and select the new exterior colours.Mrs M is a careful decision maker. Therefore, it was important to ensure that she felt heard, empowered with information, and not rushed into a decision. She chose Wall Treats to undertake her repa...

July 26, 2022

Why You Shouldn’t Always Use Your Builder’s Painter

The paint job is the pièce de résistance of any building project—and you don’t want the quality to take a fall at the final hurdle. That’s why it’s important to consider options other than the painter your builder subcontracts or recommends. A builder is skilled in construction, and you probably chose one that you knew would do a fantastic job of that portion of your renovation or build. However, painting is a different ball game. While most builders have painters they commonly wo...

May 23, 2022

Mitigating Supply Issues for Your Painting Project

As with construction projects, painting jobs have lead times and can experience delays due to unavailability of materials. In our industry of course, the most important material is PAINT!Of course, we do our absolute best to ensure that we can get jobs done as planned and minimise lead times. But if we’ve learnt anything since March 2020 it’s simply that even the best-laid plans can go awry. Stuff reported as early as April 2021 that suppliers have been “tearing their hair out trying to ge...

April 11, 2022

Choosing Interior Paint Colours You’ll Love

We love to stay on top of interior trends. As Master Painters, of course we are particularly interested in paint colours and love seeing what the interior designers we collaborate with come up with for the beautiful homes we work on.Trade shows, designers, and magazines can all tell you what’s trending right now. And if you like what you see, that’s fantastic. However, you will be the one living with your colour choice—so we recommend you look a little deeper than what’s hot and what’s...

March 23, 2022

8 Tips For a Seamless Interior Redesign Project

Making your home look incredible inside takes some planning! A redecoration is a big project that will offer very worthwhile results when done right—so take the time to make sure your passion project goes smoothly and produces the look you have dreamt of for your home.As award-winning Auckland Master Painters, we have worked on interior projects in some of Auckland’s most beautiful million-dollar homes. We know a thing or two about managing projects for minimal stress and disruption! To...

February 24, 2022

Understanding Your Painting Quote

Arm yourself with knowledge.Preparing to repaint your home? Chances are you’ve sourced a few quotes from various painters to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. But all the painting quotes in the world won’t be much help if you don’t understand what you’re looking at!Many of our clients are surprised by the wide range of prices provided. They want to know that they are getting value for money. We’ve put together a few notes on deciphering painting quotes so that you can...

February 23, 2022

How To: Make your house stand out from the crowd

With the New Year, new hopes, aspirations, and resolutions emerge.  For you, this may mean moving – which may include selling your current home. So, what are buyers looking for?  Paint and painting are an easy way you can stand out from the competition and maximise the value of your home.We spoke with long-standing client, Janet McGillivray from Unlimited Potential Real Estate Mt Eden, to get some tips. Q: Vendors are wary of not over-capitalising their homes.  However...

November 28, 2017

How To: Store excess paint

Spring is here! If you’re like us, you may find yourself getting into spring cleaning as the weather gets warmer and the days longer. If you have recently undertaken a house painting project, you may come across tins of paint as you declutter.  Properly stored paint can last for years and, if well organised, it is easy also to find and use when you need it.Here are our top tips on how to store paint:Cover the top of the paint can with plastic wrap, place the lid on securely and store...

November 28, 2017

How To: Protect against asthma and allergies when painting

When planning interior painting, managing asthma and allergies can be a concern.Unfortunately living with asthma and allergies is a fact of life for many people and these conditions must be properly managed. So what should you consider when repainting, if someone in your household has asthma or allergies?  Limit the amount of dust they are exposed to.Thorough sanding is critical to ensure you receive a smooth and durable paint finish; however dust is an unavoidable outcome of the ...

November 28, 2017

How To: Repair damage to painted surfaces

As Auckland Master Painters, one of the highlights of our job is finishing a project and letting the clients enjoy their freshly painted interior. After all the work that goes into choosing colours, a contractor and going through the house painting process you deserve to relax and enjoy it!However finding damage on your freshly painted surfaces can be heartbreaking, and no matter how careful you are, these things happen.Luckily paint finishes can be repaired, although the options available depen...

November 28, 2017

How To: Choose the right interior designer

Working with an interior designer is a great way to achieve just the right look for your home. As professional house painters we often work with interior designers, and this great article from Houzz outlines some key things to think about when choosing one – including budget, the scope of the project and personal compatibility. Wall Treats reached out to some leading interior designers for some gems on how to choose the right designer for your house painting project. Fiona Wilso...

November 28, 2017

How To: Plan your exterior house painting project

When you’re investing in a redecorating project, it’s only natural to want to achieve the best possible outcome for the money you spend. As experienced Auckland Master Painters we know that the most successful projects are those where proactive planning and coordination are a priority. With that in mind, we have a few tips we would love to share with you to make the experience of redecorating as stress-free and rewarding as possible.   1. Picking the perfect colour scheme. You...

November 28, 2017

How To: Minimise the risk of colour variations

With winter arriving it is the season many of us return indoors and rejuvenate our interior spaces; and a new colour can dramatically change the mood of a space.After choosing the colours to create just the right feeling, a key challenge for interior painters and decorators is managing paint colour variations.  There are a few reasons that variations can arise, including mis-tints, colour matching or the chemical makeup of paint.What is a mis-tint? And how can you avoid one?All paint compan...

November 28, 2017

How To: Get a perfect exterior paint finish

No matter how experienced your house painters are, painting the exterior of a home can be tricky business.Every day, we work with a range of different wall substrates – from timber and block work to concrete, metal and more. In each case, the materials will have weathered differently and most houses have their own additional challenges, for example previous paint coatings that are de-laminating.With all this in mind, how do you know that the paint finish you’ll receive is worth the investmen...

November 28, 2017

How To: Paint your house in winter

Worried you’ve missed out on the chance to paint your home’s exterior this summer? Relax, exterior house painting in winter is no problem if you follow these tips.Hopefully, you spent this summer enjoying time on the beach, having barbecues with friends and taking some time out to relax. While you were enjoying chilled out summer days, the task of organising a painter to repaint your house might have gone on the backburner. And now, in the rush before the weather cools down, it may be slight...

November 28, 2017

How To: Decipher a house painting quote

If you’ve decided to repaint your home, you’ve probably sourced a few quotes to make sure that you’re getting value for money.Many of our clients find a wide range in the quotes they receive. If this is the case for you, it might be difficult to understand the difference in the prices.Here are our tips for deciphering house painting quotes:The two key components of any house painting quote are labour and paint.LabourGenerally, labour makes up about 80% of the cost of a house painting proje...

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