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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.



  • 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.


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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Chalk Paint

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Many homeowners like to paint a few furnishings for a DIY projects. Small paint projects can be enjoyable. Chairs, a table, bookshelves, some children’s play equipment. These projects are best kept small as long term project take considerable time to give any sense of satisfaction.

A rustic look, deliberately made to look old fashioned and worn, is popular. This can be achieved by distressing the paint, by sanding part of the surface. Or simply by using faded colours.

Another option is caulk paint. This mixes calcium additive with the paint, giving a smooth powdery feel. It is literally like caulk. This is an excellent option for furniture projects. It is especially effective with pastel colours, though dark colours can also be very appealing.

Caulk pain is available commercially, or it can be made by modifying latex paint.

To make caulk paint: Mix

  • 2 tablespoons of plaster of Paris
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • I cup of latex paint.

Clean and lightly sand the wooden surface before painting. Sometimes is it best to use a primer first.

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We recommend getting the professions in for interior and exterior home painting. It takes considerable time to paint a house, and that time is better spent on other aspects of your life. Enjoy some painting projects as a hobby, and have you home keep in optimal condition with a professional paint job.


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.


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.


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.


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

Advice from House Painters Sydney

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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