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Exterior Painting

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Exterior House painting is a different kettle of fish to interior painting. For one thing the surfaces on the outside of you house have to be well prepared after many years of being exposed to the weather. And the actual paint used for outdoor surfaces is designed to withstand this outdoor weather, years of bright sunshine and occasional heavy rain. This is the main reason why outdoor paint is more expensive.

We have a few recommendations when deciding on how to paint outdoors.

Don’t buy the Cheapest Paint
This is temptation, and it may seem like a bargain to by cheaper paint. But you tend to get what you pay for. The quality brands will last considerably longer on outdoor surfaces, so even though they cost more they end up being cheaper in the long term.
Occasionally you find a quality brand on special, or a good quality undercoat on discount. This is fine. And it is good to shop around to find the best deal on the colour you want. But never compromise on quality.

Consider the Permanent Fixtures
You are painting the house, but probably not the brickwork, and never the rockery. So choose the colours for the house surfaces that fit in with the rest of the yard.

A good rule of thumb is to find contrasting colours for the surfaces that you paint. If the surrounding brickwork is red, then paint the house a pale cream or light blue. If you have sandstone around you might like the house surfaces in a bold colour. If you have a pool then this is part of the overall picture, so choose the colour accordingly.

You do have the option of painting the drains and gutters, or railing. Consider a good colour that matches or nicely contrasts with the other painted surfaces. Rust resistant paint (i.e.: Kilrust) is a good option for metal pipes and similar surfaces.

Remember the Trim

The edges can be painted the same colour as the main surface, or a darker shade of the same colour. Occasionally a lighter shade of the main colour works well.
Consider light coloured stairs with a dark trim and railing.
Window frames, railings and the areas immediately under the roof are part of the trim, and should all match. Painting them all white often works well if the rest of the home has a vibrate colour.

Photoshop Testing.

Take a few clear photos of the house in neutral conditions, like a pleasant sunny day. And use Photoshop to experiment with some different colour combinations. This is only a rough guide, but it will eliminate a few bad choices.

 

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You choice of colour for the home is a long term decision. And the material and workmanship will have to last for several years in the harsh outdoors. Call the professionals to make sure you get this right.

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New Spray Options

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Spray painting works well for some surfaces. It gives a clean flat finish and can take less time than brushes or rollers. But spray painting is usually not a good idea for indoor use, as the fumes are an issue. And until recently it also required a certain investment in equipment if it was to be done at a professional level.

While some spray painting is done with a spray can, which is fine for small jobs, most professional spray painting is done with an spraygun and air compressor. This is expensive equipment, especially if different sprayguns are used for different painting jobs.

Now there is an effective and less expensive alternative. Electric powered spray guns can be bought for under a hundred dollars. These are easier to use than air compression spray guns, and give fine results, if the operator has some basic knowledge and skill.

Electric spray guns till require the paint to be diluted before use. Check the instruction on the paint being used, but expect to dilute the paint by about 50%. This means one part thinner to two parts paint.

All Spray guns, including electrical types, must be cleaned with thinner after each use. Otherwise the paint will set inside the mechanism, and the device will be ruined.

 

Always use a breathing mask when spray painting, to avoid inhaling fumes. Avoid using spray equipment indoors unless you have a ventilated room designed for this type of work.

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A fine paint job makes all the difference to your home. It is the final touch that can make or break your home decor. Have the painting looked after by the professionals.

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Polished Paint

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Occasionally we might want a very glossy paint finish on a item. While most interior walls are painted with a matt finish, occasionally gloss finish in bathrooms and kitchens, we might want a smaller item, like a railing, picture frame on knickknack, to have a highly glossy finish.

We can give an item a glossy finish, a little like the type you would find on a fine piano or electric guitar, by using polished paint and a clear glossy coat.

Technique:

  1. Use a hard enamel paint in the colour that you want.
  2. Sand and prepare the surface.
  3. Apply a neutral undercoat.
  4. Apply the enamel very smoothly. Thin it out slightly to give a smoother finish.
  5. As each coat dries apply another. Apply at least three coats
  6. Wait a few days so the surface is completely dry, then use a cutting compound, the type used on car paint, to lightly roughen the surface.
  7. Clean and dry the surface. Then spray a clear gloss finish. Keep this very thin, you can always apply a second coat after.
  8. When it is dry you will have a mirror finish on the object.

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There are many different surfaces and situations for painting the home. Have the professionals look after your painting, for the best results.

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Alter Room Size Shape

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The overall colour scheme is extremely important for creating the right atmosphere for your home. A large part of this, and a semi-permanent one, is the paint colour of the walls. The rest of the decor need to be align with this wall colour.

Your choice of paint colour is a large part of the reason why a room feels comfortable and homely, or cool and quite. But its not just emotional impact provided by the colour scheme. The colours design will also affect the perceived size and shape of the room. we can use this to our advantage, making a room look larger as well as more appealing.

Painting Smaller rooms

Cool, light tones make the best use of light in a room. And they don’t dominate as a dark bold colour will, so the wall painted a light colour feel more ‘in the background’. add some neat but bright lights, dispersed do they don; all come from one bright spot, to get the best look for a small space.

Windows and mirrors make a space feel larger.

Avoid contrasting colours in smaller rooms, because these tend to define the edges. A uniform shade makes the room feel a little more open because the boarders/edges are not too defined.

Large Rooms

Very large rooms can feel empty. And just filling them up with furnishings just makes them seem like crowded space. A few rooms are designed to specifically work this way, like a ballroom dance hall or a dining room with a table that fills all the space. But some large rooms feel bleak if they have the wrong colours.

Darker paints can make a large space feel more cozy. Try warm red and orange, or contrasting colours on adjacent walls.

Earthy furnishings make a room feel less sterile and empty.

Low Ceilings

This is less common in modern homes, though they appear in some basements. But low ceiling can make us feel confined, while high ceiling actually have an ‘open minded’, ‘sky’s the limit’ feel to them.

Using the same light colour on the walls and ceiling will soften the boundaries, so the room feels less cramped. Vertical stripes on the walls can also make the ceiling seem higher.

Some low ceilings can be painted sky blue to give a feeling of space. This works best with bedroom or small private offices/playrooms that suit a colourful decor.

 

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Some renovation can be done by simply finding the best paint scheme. Call us for advice and the best results with home painting.

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Staircases

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Some parts of the home are part of the background, other parts are focal paints. Most painting is concerned with the walls, which is part of the background. And this is something that has to be done well, lest it contains flaws, becomes noticeable and ceases to be in the background.

Some other items that are painted are features of the home. These are items like fireplaces, staircases, or feature walls. We approach the painting of these features a little differently to other parts of the home.

Staircases deserves special attention. They are functional, but also very much part of the decor. So we should design and paint them so that they really contribute something to the room.

Many indoor staircases consist of wooden stairs and a wooden railing with balustrades. The stairs themselves are often stained rather than painted, or given a clear protective coating. But these are forms of painting. care should be taken that these stairs are not slippery.

The railing on a staircase is occasionally left bare, but it is usually painted. This is not too difficult, we just need to find the right colour to suit the rest of the decor.

Use masking tap and heavy butcher paper to mask the areas around the railing that are not to be painted.

Use a ladder or low scaffold near the rails in order to reach the rail. Make sure there is someone holding the ladder, because these things are less stable than they appear, especially when you are near the top; the centre of gravity is too high to be completely stable.

Move the ladder as you paint each rail in succession. Do not reach out too far from the ladder, there is a risk of toppling over.

If the surface of the rail needs sanding you might use liquid sandpaper, this sprays on to prepare the surface. Physical sanding of all the intricate surfaces will take too long. At the very least clean the surface with sugar soap.

Use a two inch brush to first paint the railing. Then paint the balustrades. Keep a damp cloth handy to clean up any spills. Do this quickly lest they dry into lumps.

The Actual Stairs

You probably want to use the staircase while the paintwork is going on. you can achieve this by just painting every alternative stair, and the doing the others stairs a day or two latter.
Start with the top stair, and paint the rest of the stairs while descending. This is one situations where is is best not to start at the bottom.

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Water Stains on Walls

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Occasionally we may notice water stains on the interior walls. These are the darker looking damp marks that appear near the tops of walls and in corners of the room. Occasionally they might also appear in the middle of the wall, or anywhere that the timber frame supports the plaster/Gyprock.

It is tempting to just paint over water marks. But this is only a temporary cover up of the symptom, not addressing the underlying problem. The water marks will soon come back and the water issue is probably causing more damage inside the wall.

 

Find the Source of the problem.

The water is coming form somewhere. This needs to be found and repaired before anything else is done. Leaks might becoming from tap pipes, hot water system or from a leak in or near the roof. You will probably need professional help to find and repair this issue.

Cleaning the Wall.

Water stains on wall often contain mineral residue, or encourage mildew of mould. This makes the stain more complex than merely cleaning away damp material. The area will need at least a little decontamination.

Use a dilute mixture of water and bleach to clean the stained area. One part bleach to four parts water is about right.

Once the area is cleaned, allow it to dry for a few days. A fan or dehumidifier can help here. Do not take any further step until the area is completely dry.

Once dry, inspect the area for any damage that does beyond discolouration. You might need to remove and replace any damaged plaster.

Now cover the area with a stain blocking Primer. This might be tinted to almost match the wall colour. Oil based primers are far better in this situation as they do a better job of covering the stain. Use a primer that is designed to resist mould.

Now repaint with the original colour of the wall.

 

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We usually repaint because we want to redecorate. But occasionally we are forced to repaint because of damage to the home. Talk to professionals about completely restoring the original look of your home, or perhaps changing the look after completing repairs.

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Uneven Paint Cover

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With the right approach to painting, learnt through observation and experience, the professionals get great paint results, with problems being few and far between.

DIY painters may get a few issues with their home projects. These can be avoided with a professional approach.

Uneven Coverage

This isn’t a disaster, but it’s a paint job that just isn’t quite right. The paint doesn’t cover the wall evenly, so some parts are lighter and other are darker.

Having the right undercoat helps here. A tinted undercoat, tinted to something similar to the final colour, will help even a thin paint job look more even.

Often it is just a matter of adding a second coat of paint. This is basically redoing the job, which takes time. But at least nothing has to be undone before repainting.

 

Technique

Good roller technique will prevent uneven paintwork. We should cover each section, about a square meter or so, before we move to the next section. we should do this before the paint has started to dry. If we try to paint over partly dried paint the surface texture will be compromised.

Good lighting when we paint prevents mistakes. If the lighting is uneven we may not notice the uneven paintwork until it is too late. It is not too difficult to add a few light while painting.

Preparation

If you have had to fill a few gaps and holes before painting you may find that the area you covered looks a little different to the rest of the wall, even after it has two coats of paint. This is because the texture of the filler is different to the rest of the wall, and perhaps it reflect light differently. Either way, the difference after painting is too obvious.

Use a good undercoat over any filler, perhaps over the whole wall, so the final paint has an even surface underneath.

 

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Room Makeovers On The Cheap

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Many of us have at least one room in the house that we would like to renovate. But renovations can be pricey, not to mention time consuming. So we look for a way to get good results on a budget.

The most obvious way to make a significant yet moderately priced change in a room is to repaint. This usually only takes a day or two, but the results can be quite profound. Choose the right colour, and add a few details, and the room can be effectively renovated at minimal cost.

 

Adhesive tiles

These are the super fast and easy ways to add tiles to walls. There is no grout, cement or heavy tools involved – just stick the tile sheets in place and trim at the edges.

Find tiles and a paint colour that complement each-other, and you can renovate a room in a day or two.

Cupboard handles.

Add some nice brass of gold handles to kitchen cabinets. Combined with a neat paint job these make the accessories look like new.

Handles can often be replaced with just the aid of a screwdriver.

Add Some shelves

Shelves with a few knickknacks and photo make a room look open yet still interestingly decorated. It is easy to add a few shelves as long as they do not have to support much weight. Shelves and supports are available at hardware stores.

Lighting

A bright room almost always look better. And the colour of the light also make a big difference.

There are lightbulbs and light systems that give a bright daylight effect, or a soft candle feel to a room. Some systems allow both.

Curtains.

Replace the curtains/drape with a new colour that matches the room. coordinate with the new paint scheme.

 

Floor Matt and Rugs

Replacing the floor is too expensive. But we can add a coloured rug and change the look of the room for very little cost.

 

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‌‌ Painting is something we should leave to the professionals. Homeowners underestimate the time involved, and often are disappointed if they attempt the painting themselves. Have a professional house painter look after the painting, then add the room features that make and enhance the new decor.

 

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Distressed Paint

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‌‌ Some of us like a rustic decor, the look of older wooden furnishings from an earlier period, bare wooden floors, weathered surfaces, and older artworks that show the signs of age. We can easily alter furnishings so that they fit this rustic decor.

We can make wooden or metal furnishings look rustic by giving them a distressed paint job. This is actually much easier than giving them a neat ‘perfect’ paint treatment because the whole point of rustic is that it look imperfect and worn.

 

Stains

One simple way to give an piece of wooden furniture a classic rustic look is to add a stain. This only works on bare, untreated wood. So you will have to sand off any previous paint.

Once the wood is bare you can simply stain it a dark colour.

Faux Woodgrain

We can make a cheap piece of furniture look more classy by adding an artificial woodgrain finish. This is simply a matter of first painting a dark wood colour, letting it dry, then adding a lighter wood colour that is altered with a graining tool. we drag the graining tool across the still wet paint to partially reveal the dark paint underneath. This gives a woodgrain effect.

Distressed Paint Furniture

This gives any old piece of furniture an antique look. It even works if you use a bright modern colour, so there is probably a way to make anything suit any decor.

The point of distressed furniture is that the cracks and discolouration show through. So we can be rough about our technique and still get the right result.

  • First sand the surface so make is suitable for the paint.
  • Apply an undercoat
  • Apply a darker colour paint, but not too deeply. Let the cracks show, let the edges be unevenly covered.
  • When the first layer of pain is dry, apply a second coat of paint, again quite roughly.
  • While the paint is still wet, wipe the surface with paper towels.
  • This gives a slightly worn, slightly rough look.
  • Wait for the paint to day.

 

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Some DIY furniture projects or a bedroom make a good weekend DIY project. But if you want your whole home painted then call the professionals. quality painting takes time and skill. Painting your whole home will take longer than you might expect. Professional painters get the best results in minimal time.

 

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Smooth Finish

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Most walls in homes and buildings are gyprock, which is manufactured to be smooth and flat. It is not too difficult to get a great matt paint finish on these walls if we use the right primer/undercoat and the right colour paint. It takes some skill with a roller and brush, but there are professionals and skilled DIY people who get great, consistent results.

If is a different matter getting a smooth result with timber. And most homes will have at least some timber trim. This timber might be stained to keep the pleasing natural wood-grain appearance. Or it might be painted.

If we do paint timber we will be looking for a smooth looking result. This requires some knowledge and skill; timber is not naturally smooth, and it needs to be prepared correctly if the painted finish is to be flawless.

Matt paint is a little more forgiving on any surface. The way it reflects light means than minor imperfections are covered up. But glossy paint has the opposite effect; any imperfections, the tiniest dents, become easy to see. So we need to make sure the surface is all but perfect.

Timber Painting

Prepare the Wood – Sand the surface with 120 grit paper to provide a slightly rough surface for the primer to adhere to.

Fill in gaps – Use wood filler to fill in gaps, crack or dents in the wood. When dry, these need to be sanded so thay are absolutely flush with the surrounding wood.

Primer – Use a primer/undercoat designed for timber. When completely dry, sand this with 220 grit paper (fine). Ths should produce some fine dust, which needs to be vacuumed away.

Inspect the timber which has been primed. If there is any visible imperfection the area needs to be redone. Don’t rely on the final paint covering anything up.

Use Enamel paint – This is more expensive than regualr oil paint, but it dries harder and gives a much better finish. the expense is worth it for the better results.

Use additives – By thinning out the paint the brush-marks will disappear. Clean turps or mineral spirits are usually fine for thinning paint. Do not use more than 1 part thinner for 2 parts paint.

Thin paint will require several coats for complete coverage. But the thinner paint will dry harder and may dry more quickly depending on the additive. The results will be much smoother.

Strain the paint if you are using an old tin. This removes any gunk or dried paint, which will otherwise ruin the job.

Consider a clear glossy finish over matt paint is you want a shiny surface. Clear gloss form a spray can is often a good option here.

 

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There are many different materials and situations when painting a home. Techniques vary accordingly. Call the professionals if you want the best results for every part of your home.