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Precautions and House Painting Sydney

Paints are synthetic and contain chemicals. Some of these chemicals are released into the air as the paint dries. Modern paints contain and release less chemical smell than paints of a few generations ago, but the small amount of chemical vapour released is best avoided.

The smell of fresh paint is due to the release of VOCs, Volatile Organic Chemicals. The best known of these chemicals is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is present in small amounts in many manufactured goods, from clothes and furniture to carpets and car interiors.  It a health risk and tends to aggravate allergies, especially with breathing or eyesight. It is best to wait for this chemical smell to dissipate before habiting a room.

To help detox a Room after it has been painted, or recently re-carpeted.

  • Open windows and doors to ventilate the room. Use some fans.
  • Air filters or air purifiers, especially with HEPA filters, will clean the air quite quickly. It is a good idea to use these on a regular basis.
  • Cover the floor with Bicarbonate of Soda, which absorbs a lot of chemical smells. This is especially good on new carpet, but it helps with paint to a small degree.
  • Open containers of water with sliced lemon will soak up a lot of chemical smell. Some people also add some salt.  Leave the container of water / lemon around the room for several days after painting, then dispose of them.
  • Sliced onion also soak up chemical smells.
  • Bicarbonate of Soda absorbs a lot of chemical smells. This is especially good on new carpet.
  • Charcoal will absorbs odours, though it is a nightmare to clean up if it spills.
  • Keeping some indoor plants around will help clean the air. This is a good long term practice. Search the net for the plants most effective for cleaning air. The only disadvantage is that indoor plants will raise the humidity slightly.

Newborn children and pregnant women should never be exposed to paint or recently painted rooms. Some paint chemicals are linked to birth defects.

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Professional painting ensured the best possible results. Use of paints such as ENviro02 virtually eliminate any harmful chemical vapours

FAQ for House Painting

Question For house painters Sydney

How long should I wait before using a recently painted room?

Modern paints are much better in this regard than older types of paint – there is less chemical smell and much less chemical residue in the air. Nonetheless we recommend airing out the room with open windows and fan, and waiting several days before sleeping in the area.

Young children and pregnant women should be kept completely away from recent paintwork. Wait at least a week.

Can exterior paint be used indoors?

It could be, but there is usually no reason. Exterior paint tends to be more expensive, and offers no real advantage. It also takes longer for the chemical smell to dispel. Occasionally some left over external paint is used for internal windowsills or doorframes, but only to use up the excess. There is a small advantage in that external paint on a windowsill will resists fading in the Sun.

Will Glossy paint make a Room more Hot?

This appears to be an internet rumour. External paint type will effect the humidity (rather than heat) of a house, but internal paint finish isn’t going to make much different to the heat or moisture.

Are there any problems in painting over Gloss of Matt finishes?

Matt paint is reasonably easy to paint over, as long as the surface is well cleaned with sugar soap. Unfortunately Gloss paint is difficult to paint over; the new layer of paint will not stick well. The old layer of gloss paint will have to be roughened before the paint can bond properly. Latex paint gives similar problems.

Why Use Gloss Paint?

Gloss paint has traditionally been easier to clean and resisted moisture, so was used in kitchens and bathrooms. But new eggshell paint rivals gloss paint for easy cleaning, so it is mostly a personal preference. Gloss finish paint will tend to show any imperfections.

Should the Ceiling Be Painted First?

Painting the ceiling will prevent any spillage upon the recently painted walls. Otherwise it make no difference. Professionals have few, if any, problems with spillage.

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Talk to the professional at Oppa Painting if you have any questions.