Yellowing Paint

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Is use to be common for paint to slowly turn yellow over time. This hardy occurs with more modern paint, as the technology has improved. But older houses sometime have sections of yellow paint, which gives a room an uneven appearance.

Older paints will slowly turn yellow if they are left in the shadows.  This is easy to see with spaces behind wall paintings, behind cupboards, beneath shelves, inside pantries and built in spaces. If these areas remain hidden the yellowing issue is not noticeable. But if the room décor is rearranged the yellow areas of the walls may be unsightly.

The yellowing is the oxidation of alkyd or oil based paint. Varnish will suffer a similar problem. While this is mostly caused by lack of light, mainly sunlight, paint can also turn yellow in heat. So old painted areas behind radiators of stoves will also tend to turn yellow over time.

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Modern paints are far better lasting than older paint formulations. Not only will there be no yellowing in the shadows, there will be far less fading in the sunlight.

A good paintjob on your house is a sound investment in your home.

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Edges and Trim

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The ability to achieve a smooth, uniform surface over a large area is one challenge. The ability to have a neat edge is another. These are two aspects of the many aspects of a good paint job.

Edges require a steady painting hand and / or a few simple techniques.

Tape

Some painters use blue painters tape to cover an edge that is not to be painted. This is especially effective where the painted wall meets the trim – the skirting boards, the door, the window frame. Masking tape is an alternative to blue tap.

NEVER use tape with latex paint. This paint forms a surface coating that will tear when the paint is removed.

Brush

Use a sash brush. These have the bristles cut at an angle, which makes edge painting much easier. A smaller brush, 1 inch or 2, is usually the best option.

Make sure there is minimal paint on the brush. The greatly reduces paint drops getting on the wrong surface.

Paint Guard

The paint guard is a long flat edge with a handle. You can hold this against the surface you don’t wish to paint while painting the adjacent surface.

Hold the paint guard in your non-dominant hand.

Technique

Paint the surface in one stroke, in one direction. Use just enough pressure to ensure an even application.

Start each stroke in a dry area and paint toward the wet (already painted) area. When you reach the wet area you can feather the two edges (reduce the pressure and wiggle the paint into the wet area). This reduces any marks where the paint overlaps.

Removing Tape

Wait till the paint is partially dry then remove the tape. You should have a neat edge between the painted and unpainted surface.

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The Professional Difference

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Experience and knowing a few tricks of the trade means that professional painters get the best possible results, often in minimal time. 

  • Start with a clean Room – to begin, move everything out of the room that isn’t nailed down. And it you can unscrew light fixtures and curtain rods then remove those too. The dust from sanding and the paint can get into everything. Moving things out of the room is the safest bet.
  • Drop cloth covers. A few drops of paint can ruin a floor. Good quality drop cloths will prevent this. Professionals use canvas. Paper backed plastic is a decent option, and can be tapes to the skiting boards, though it is slippery. Avoid light cloths (like linen or bedsheets) as the paint will just soak through.
  • Find and fill plaster damage. Use a light held close to the wall to find any dints or minor cracks in plaster. Fill these with Polyfiller, plaster or Spackle.

Fill in any dints in woodwork trim with woodwork putty or builders bog. (Plaster filler won’t stick well)

Sand the plaster when it is dry so the surface is completely flat.

  • Sand the walls so that the new layer of paint can adhere well to the roughened surface. Make sure to vacuum the walls in order to remove all dust from the sanding process.
  • Wash the walls with sugar soap or trisodium phosphate. Use a two bucket method- one for the cleaning solution, one for rinsing the cleaning cloth each time you wipe the walls.
  • Use caulk to fill in any gaps around the trim. A caulk gun that automatically releases pressure on release will make application easier. A smaller hole in the caulk tube tends to be best; make is smaller the crack you are filling.
  • Taping. Some people like to use masking tape or painters blue tape to protect edges and skiting boards. But some paint (latex paint) will for a skin that tears when the tape is removed.

Use a putty knife to make sure the tape is flat and pushing into any corner.

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We spend a lot of our lives at home. The right décor makes our house a place we want to be. The right décor starts with the right paintwork.

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Painting the Ceiling

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Painting the ceiling is a somewhat different matter to regular wall painting. Painters will use slightly different equipment and prepare the room differently. They will also use a ladder or extension pole in to enable them to reach high enough.

  • Over the floor with drop sheets, either plastic or canvas.
  • Use a long handle broom or vacuum to remove all dust from the ceiling.
  • If there is any damage to the ceiling, which is rare, have this repaired.
  • If there is any sign of grease or oil on the ceiling clean this with sugar soap of a citrus cleaner like De-Solve-It. Ceiling areas in kitchens or over fireplaces can often have problems with grease.
  • If the ceiling has not been painted before then it will need a coat of primer.
  • If there is any discolouration on the ceiling it should be painted over with primer.
  • Paint the edges of the ceiling with a brush. You will need to use a ladder to reach this high.
  • Use a roller on an extension pole to paint the rest of the ceiling between the edges.

Rollers for Ceiling Painting.

The rollers used for ceilings are often different to other paint rollers. A thicker nap on the roller (the thickness of the material that holds the paint) allows more paint to be applied each time the roller is used. The roller is often wider, again allowing more paint to be applied. Obviously the roller must attach to the extension pole.

Ceilings are almost always painted with matt finish paint. This prevent unwanted light reflections and hides smaller imperfections. Many hardware stores have paint designed to sue on the ceiling. Not only is this matt finish, it minimizes paint splatter.

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Ceilings are not painted as often as other areas of the family home as they suffer less wear and tear. But a good paint job on the ceiling complements the rest of the décor, and can make the room seem a little more open and pleasant.

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Distressed Painting

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The furniture is an obvious part of a home’s décor. Along with the wall paint and flooring material it is part of the overall, and hopefully coherent, look of a room.

Sometimes furniture is painted to make is suitable for the home décor. This is a great way to restore old furniture or make use of cheap furniture found in a garage sale.

One restoration option is to make the furniture look pristine and new. This is possible if the furniture originally had a painted finish. But it is difficult to achieve because it requires professional techniques and materials.

An alternative to complete restoration is to replicate a classic look by synthetic means. One example it to create and artificial woodgrain pattern on wooden furniture. This can be done by painting a dark colour over a lighter colour and using a graining tool (a roller with a 3D pattern) on the still wet paint. Alternate, you can use a light paint over a dark undercoat.

With the woodgrain paint it is possible to turn a cheap wooden object, even pine or plywood, into a piece of furniture that looks like expensive timber.

Distressing Paint

Another alternative to pristine finishes is distressed paintwork. This is deliberately making a piece of paintwork look old and weathered. This can suit several different decors from rustic (darker painted furniture in an old style room) to sparse pascal décor (light pastel coloured furniture in an open, modern room).

Painted furniture can be distressed by sanding back and removing some of the paint. Or they can be coloured with thin, semi-transparent paint that shows the underlying grain.

Distressed furniture can be enhanced by gold leaf trim, which itself make be made to suit the furniture by being distressed.

Chalk paint is popular for some type of furniture restorations. This is paint with an additive that makes the surface appears powdery, like plaster or chalk. It is smooth but not glossy. This is particularly effective with pascal colours.

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Considering a house redecoration? Consider all the elements in your home. Will the furniture match the flooring materials and wall colour? Consider changing the look of the furniture. Find a coherent look that works for you.

Talk to use about ideas for home décor.

Brush Types

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Most indoor painting is done with a roller. But corners and small details are painted with a brush. The type of brush used will affect the look of the painted finish.

Bristles.

Perhaps the most important difference between brushes and the affect they have on the final paint project. Thin bristles brushes will give a smoother coat of paint, but long bristles will not stay straight if they are too thin. So tapered bristled, which grow thinner near the tip, give the best of both worlds. Tapered bristles are sufficiently rigid while giving the smooth finish of thin bristle brushes.

Synthetic vs Natural bristles

Synthetic bristles are a more recent invention. They may be made of polyester and/or nylon, and are quite long lasting. They may also be tapered or completely straight. These synthetic brushes are preferred for water based paints as they do not expand when wet.

Natural bristles are preferred for oil based paints and varnishes. These natural material are not affected by the oil or thinner in the paint, and produce a smoother paint finish than almost any other brush.

Brush shape

There are different ways the bristles of a brush may be shaped. The more common varieties are:

Flat – A common variety. The bristles are arranged in a rectangular shape. This is used for most painting.

Tapered – The bristles are long in the centre and slightly tapers towards the edge. Many professional painters find this improves their control.

Angled –The bristles will slope from left to right of the brush. This is very useful for painting edges, which exist in all indoor painting situations.

Brush Size
Metric brushes vary between 10mm, 20mm, 40mm, 50mm up to 100 mm.

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Faux Woodgrain Painting

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Most internal wall painting is concerned with providing smooth even surfaces. Walls usually do not have patterns, they have pleasing background colours to set the right mood. Any details are usually provided with paintings, decorations and furniture. Yet occasionally we might want a pattern on a wall or painted surface.

Woodgrain is an interesting pattern, one that is never quite the same twice. Like fingerprints no two woodgrains are the same. This is part of the appeal.

Our aesthetic sense likes order. We like colours that match or that are complementary, we like neat proportions. But if we get completely plain colours with perfect proportions we risk getting a sterile result. It seems sterile because our brains tune out anything that is too regular, too plain. We want to see order made out of chaos, not order in isolation.

We might like to apply a woodgrain finish to a painted surface. This works well in moderation. A book shelf, desk or cabinet with a woodgrain finish can look quite stylish, especially in a plain surrounding, or with matching accessories. A door and frame or inbuilt amenities will also look good with woodgrain. But a whole room of woodgrain walls will feel too imposing.

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A graining tool can be used to give a woodgrain finish to a paintjob. Basically this is like a paint-roller with a textured rubber surface. By dragging his across a correctly prepared surface we can achieve a realistic looking grain effect.

The surface should be painted a dark colour, which is allowed to completely dry. This surface is then painted a lighter version of the same colour, and the graining tool is used to create a woodgrain pattern across the surface while the paint is still damp. Rocking the graining tool back and forth will create semi-random gain patterns that look realistic.

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Consider some woodgrain painting for a more prestige look on cabinets, furnishings or other parts of a stylish office.

Hot Weather House Painting Sydney

Exterior House painting requires reasonable conditions in order to get the best results. Nobody paints while it is raining, and professional painters will often avoid painting in extreme heat or direct summer sunlight as the end results will be compromised.

Paint is designed to cure at a moderate rate in order to get a quality finish. If the paint was to dry too rapidly, perhaps because of extreme heat, it would compromise both the look and durability of the finished paintjob. It is a terrible waste when recent paintwork peels, flakes or just looks less than optimal.

Temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius or below are never an issue. It is only when paint is applied in environment above 33 degree that problems might occur. Of course this varies with the type and brand of paint.

  • Check the instructions on the paint. Some paint will work well in hotter conditions, and the manufacturer may specify this.
  • Painting in the cooler part of the early morning or afternoon can work well. Afternoon painting can dry overnight. Morning painting should be mostly dry before any midday heat.
  • Use the hotter part of the day for preparation rather than actual painting. The cooler weather is an advantage when we want recently washed walls to dry. Else, surfaces may be sanded.
  • Keep in mind that the house walls, especially those in direct Sunlight, may be hot even as the temperature drops. Wait for surfaces to cool.
  • Often there will be one wall in the shade, and this can be painted in moderate temperature conditions.
  • Removable items, like window shutters, can be taken elsewhere and painted.
  • Often the only option is to wait for more moderate weather.

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We prefer to do external painting under conditions that give the optimal results.

Surface Stains

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Surface preparation is an important factor in painting walls or any surface. Walls being painted for the first time will be prepared with a suitable primer, which works well if the surfaces are sufficiently clean. Walls being repainted must be cleaned to remove years worth of accumulated grime, grease and oil.

Paint will not bond very well to a wall if there is any grime, grease or contamination. Even oil from human skin contacts can cause issues. Painting under these circumstances will result in blistering, paint that peels away, discolouration or just an uneven looking paint job.

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It is standard practice to clean walls with sugar soap or Trisodium Phosphate. These are mildly alkaline (base) solutions that remove most grease and oil from the surface of walls. Often this is sufficient preparation for re-painting walls.

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Walls near cooking surfaces or fireplaces often need very heavy duty cleaning to remove grease or other contaminants from the walls. Bathrooms, which have soap scum in the atmosphere, and children’s rooms with crayons marks and hand prints may also require thorough cleaning.

  • Citrus cleaners like De-Solv-It are very effective for cleaning sticky spaces and removing grease. This is inexpensive and available at hardware stores. It is also quite safe.
  • Hand sanitizer will remove many visible wall marks. This is readily in most homes and worth trying
  • Acetone is a very strong solvent, and quite volatile, but it will work for very stubborn grease. It should only be used in a ventilated area. (It is the basis for nail polish remover).
  • Turpentine is the solvent in many non-water based paints. It will remove many grease stains. It is rather strong smelling and flammable, so use in a ventilated area.

Sections for doors, doorframes and windowsills that receive a lot of human contact will tend to accumulate a lot of skin oil, which prevents paint form bonding well. They may need to be cleaned with strong solvents.

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With many things the difficulty is in the detail. One of the difficult details in painting is the corners. Both convex and concave corners require a little skill if they are to be painted satisfactorily.

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Concave corners exist in every room. The edge where an internal wall meets the ceiling is one example of a concave corners. Most of the other walls in a room meet in this same fashion, usually a 90 degree angle.

A concave corner cannot be reached with a paint roller. Instead, these corner edges are usually painted with a small to medium brush. If the paint does not show any difference in texture between the roller section and the brush section, if there are no visible brush-marks, then the results can look quite good. Problems can occur if the roller paint is deliberately textured. It is hard to reproduce this texture with a brush.

A convex corner is the opposite type of edge to a concave corner. Think of the outside edges of a box – these are convex corners.

Convex corners will usually occur in a few parts of a house or office. They are common on cupboards, stalls and around stairways. The only issue they might present is a sharp edge. If this edge of a convex corner is too sharp the paint will not bond well. It will tend to either not stay on the thin edge surface or be prone to latter rubbing off. The best way to deal with this is to have rounded corners. The internal plaster or woodwork in a house should already have rounded edges. Else, edges can be rounded with a sanding block or routing tool.

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It is easier to paint a building before the ceiling edges and cornicing’s are installed. If these fixtures are put on after the walls are painted they cover all the joints at the ceiling and floor.

Owners of apartment and strata complexes should arrange for painting before the building has its final cornicing installed. This both makes the painting easier and allows for a few more painting options.

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Neat office surroundings are expected in any business. Neat surroundings both reflect the attitude of your company, and help give the employees some sense of solidarity and group morale.

Offices are usually neat, functional and tidy rather than fancy. But is helps to organize a good paint scheme when planning and building an office.