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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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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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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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Roller Painting

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Most home interiors are painted with a roller, though a brush is probably used for the corners. Rollers are popular for this type of painting because they can cover large flat surfaces quite quickly and because they give a pleasant semi-textured finish.

 

Roller painting, like any painting, requires some skill. But it is not too difficult to get reasonable results if we know the right procedure.

Some terms:

Roller cage (aka Roller frame) – This is the metal roller frame attached to a handle, one of the most basic tool for roller painting. the width of the cage determines which sized roller you can use.

The Tray – This holds the paint for roller painting. Ideally the tray should be slightly wider than roller cage. A tray is necessary because a roller is too big to be put inside a paint can. The tray will have ridges along the surface, and slope toward one end.

The Nap – This is depth of the painting surface on a roller. A thicker nap (20 mm) hold more paint. A thinner nap (5 mm) hold less paint but gives a much smoother finish. Most interior Matt painting on walls uses a medium 9mm nap. Only gloss paint requires 5mm. Thick naps are used for brickwork.

 

Technique

  • The wall you are painting should be cleaned and prepared. Apply undercoat is required.
  • Many painters like to use a brush to do the edges of the walls first, then use the roller when the brush paint is dry.
  • Pour the paint into the tray. It will need to be on a flat surface. You will need to estimate the right amount, though you can always add a little more if you start to run low. The tray should never be more than half full, probably less than that.
  • If you are using water based paint you should wash the roller before hand, and start using it while it is still damp. Remove any loose fibers form the roller.
  • Roll the roller in the tray till it is fully covered with paint, the run it across the rides of the tray to remove excess paint.
  • Apply the roller to the wall, with light pressure. Start at waist level, and paint in a Zig-Zag pattern. It is fine to go over the same area while the paint it still wet.
  • Return to the tray and apply more paint to the roller as required.
  • Cover the entire wall with the roller. Do section of about 1 meter square. Do not paint over an area once the paint starts to dry.
  • When finished. Wash the roller and tray with water.
  • A second coat after the first coat has dried may be necessary for the best results.

 

Fixing Some Paint Problems

Fixing Some Paint Problems

 

Common Problems with Internal house painting Sydney

It takes considerable skill to achieve a neat paint job. There are potential problems with paint on a flat surface because even slight imperfections are easy to see under these conditions. And there are potential problems in painting edges and small details because such tiny areas are difficult to get right. Any mistakes on paintwork can ruin the overall effect.

 

Missed spots

It can be all too easy to miss a spot painting. Sometimes the lighting, shadows or bright reflections, prevent us from noticing a missed spot. Else, the wet paint doesn’t show the missed spot which becomes all too apparent when the paint dries. This is common when giving a second coat of the same colour.

Remedy – when the paint has dried the missed spots can be filled in with some fresh paint on a small brush. Do not do the while the paint is still wet because the new paint will mess up the surrounding area.

Paint Runs

A common problems with thin or thick paint. If the paint drips the result look dreadful. Good paint technique will prevent this, but paint runs are common on first attempts.

Remedy- if you find there has been a paint run despite your best efforts then you can remove it with fine sandpaper when the paint has dried. Then retouch the area with some fresh paint and a fine brush.

Roller Marks

Rollers are great for getting a smooth paint finish over large areas. But if the joint between the roller marks show then the effect is ruined.

A good quality roller, without seams, and good quality paint will greatly reduce this issue. As always, good painting technique makes all the difference.

Use a roller with a thin nap (the cloth covering that holds the paint) if you want a smooth surface. ¼ inch is good. Matt paint can be applied with a thicker nap.

Edges

The walls will meet the ceiling and floor at the skirting board. The paint should end in a nice neat line where the wall meets the edge of the skirting board. This cannot be done with a roller, which is too large for such fine work.

Experienced painters will ‘cut in’ the paint at the wall edges with a medium/small brush. Often this is done before the roller painting.

Alternatively, the edges can be prepared with tape, which protects the adjacent edge from being painted. Then the edges can be painted with a brush.

 

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Dust and Paint

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Dust can be a problem when painting. If there is dust in the air then it can settle on fresh paint, and ruin the finished surface. This is a bigger problem with horizontal surfaces than vertical walls. It is also a bigger problem with slow drying paint; the longer the drying time the great the amount of dust that will settle. Removing the dust form the air will almost always benefits, and never disadvantage any painting.

Reducing dust:

  • Vacuum all floors and surfaces in any room before painting. This is especially important for ceilings. Make sure the vacuum is not releasing the dust back into the room.
  • Vacuum flyscreens and blinds, or remove these before painting.
  • Clean any fans, especially ceiling fans, in the room. These harbour dust.
  • Cover any bookshelves or furniture which will harbour dust. Anything with small and uneven surfaces (knickknacks, shelves …etc.) are an issue.
  • Cover the floor, especially carpeted floors, with groundsheets.
  • Use a fan to blow air out of the room when painting. This also helps dispel fumes.
  • An air filter will remove a great deal of dust; Use this the night before painting.
  • If possible then raise the humidity of the room. A dry room harbours more dust. More water content in the air means less floating dust.

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Modern paints that are water based and fast drying will have less issue with accumulating dust. When a painting job is done professionally there should be no issue with dust getting stuck on paint.

Smoother Finish Paint.

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Most internal wall painting uses matt or eggshell paint. Of course this needs to be skilfully applied, but it does not require a silky smooth finish as this paint is designed to be pleasantly rough.  Occasionally, however, there is a paint job that requires a super smooth finish, using glossy paint to achieve a mirror surface. There are techniques that can get the best smooth results from gloss paint.

Glossy smooth paint can work well on trim, window sills, doors, doorframes, some furniture, some bookshelves, some musical instruments like pianos, some cabinets, ornaments, chests, frames, and some knickknacks.

Smooth Finish

  • Prep and sand any wooden surface. 120 grit sanding paper is optimal. If the sand paper is too fine the paint/primer will not bond well.
  • Use a primer. And once it is fully dry you should sand it super smooth. 220 grit sanding, which is finer than the 120 grit used on the wood, is good for sanding primer.
  • Remove all trace of dust from sanding with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Slow drying paint is better for a smooth finish; it will not dry so quickly as to leave brush marks. It helps to slightly thin paint out with turps, or to use additive products like Floetrol or Penetrol.
  • High quality paint will give better results, or it has the potential to be better if applied skilfully. Find the right product, buy in the right amount so you don’t waste money on half a can of paint that never gets used.
  • Stain the paint. This gets rid of a gunk.
  • Put the paint on and leave it to dry. Don’t try to smooth out any surface once it has started to dry, you will ruin smooth finish and end up leaving brush marks.
  • A layer of clear gloss can make all the difference, but this will not work on paint that is already glossy. Clear gloss works well on a slightly matt or slightly rough surface. The best clear gloss results can be achieved with spray can painting.

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Talk to painting experts about the right colours scheme and the right paint for your home.

Removing Paint from Windows

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Painters should prepare the room they paint with groundsheets and masking tape. Amongst other things the windows should be protected, so they do not suffer any paint accidents.

However, paint does occasionally get on windows. This is easy to clean off if the paint has not dried. Often it can be wiped away, perhaps with the aid of thinner for oil paint or water for water based paints. Occasionally paint will dry out on glass before it can be cleaned off. This is a nuisance, but it can be dealt with.

Cleaning dried paint off windows:

  1. Wet the window with warm soapy water. This will soften the paint. You may need to reapply the soapy water several times.
  2. Use a razor blade or paint scrapper to scrap off the paint. Angle the edge of the blade / scraper at 45 degrees to the window above the paint and scrape downwards.
    a sharper edge works best here.
  3. If the paint comes off easily then clean the window with glass cleaner.
  4. For stubborn paint, try stronger solvents. Rubbing alcohol will work for acrylic paints. Acetone will remove enamel paint.
    Make sure the area is well ventilated, and avoid inhaling these fumes.

Some people find that a hair drier will heat and soften paint so that it is easier to scrape off. But this heating method is not recommended for windows that have UV film; the heat can damage the film.

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