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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.

 

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Stains

Every home will at least occasionally need to remove a stain from the walls. How difficult this proves to be depends on both the method we use to remove the stain and the wall surface that we remove it from.

 

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A few generations ago people preferred glossy paint, which had an advantage in that it did not absorb stains or moisture. Matt paint, which was fashionable for some time, tended to less stain resistant. But a modern alternative to both options is eggshell paint, which has a Matt-like finish yet proves fairly  stain resistant.

Yet some stains require a few tricks to be removed from walls.

Stains on walls with oil based paint

A mixture of one teaspoon of dish detergent with 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar in a small bowl of warm water will prove to be a decent cleaner for many stains. Use a soft bristle brush.

Stains on a latex Painted Wall.

A mixture of vinegar and baking soda in some warm water will clean these walls. Clean the wall with a sponge.

Hand Sanitizer

Some stubborn stains can be removed with hand sanitizer. This is good for ink or scuff marks. Leave it on the stain for half a minute and then sponge away.

Melamine/Magic Eraser

A magic eraser is slightly abrasive, and can be used to remove some stains. This is good for scuff marks, crayon and some ink marks.

Use some boraz and baking soda in warm water if the magic eraser does not work by itself.

 

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Do you have children in the home, of does your job cooking or creating art lend itself to frequently stained walls. Talk to us about the best options for stain resistant walls.

 

 

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Choose The Best House Painters in Sydney

How To Choose The Best House Painters, Sydney

(4 factors to consider)

 

While there are numerous house painters in Sydney, it isn’t easy to choose the ones who’re not only experts in house painting but also will perfectly fit your budget. Here are 4 factors to consider to make the process much easier:

1 – Time to complete the project

If painters have the knowledge, right equipment, and more importantly, the right team size, they’ll be able to do the job on time. Pick the team that will complete the project on time.

2- Professional experience

Choose the team that has the experience and expertise in picking the right paint brushes, the correct blend of colours, paint coat and the appropriate budget. This will ensure good quality of work.

3- The price is right

Once you select several house painters in Sydney, get multiple bids. It’s always wise to get quotes from various teams and compare them with one another. This way allow you to pick the one that can provide quality service at a reasonable price.

4- Are they insured?

Are they insured or not? Painting jobs may involve certain areas with high ceilings, and dangerous corners so accidents may happen. When a team of Sydney house painters has insurance, you’ll be assured against poor quality, bad workmanship, paint over-spills, and property damages which may spell a breach of the contract.

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Old Paint – House Painters Sydney

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Many of us have a few old cans of paint in the garage or garden shed. these are often left over from when the house has last painted. These can be handy to have if we have to paint over a stain. But paint will have an expiry date. And even if the paint hasn’t expired there maybe problems if we try to use it.

Paint will start to dry out if there is any air in the can. This might mean the paint becomes thick, which makes it hard to use. Or it might mean the paint becomes solid, which means it cannot be used at all.

If the old paint is thick we can often use some thinning agent to restore it. house paint may be thinned out with clean water. Mineral paints can be thinned out with turps or paint thinner.

Some paint, especially in large tubs, may have dust on them, or dust on the surface. else, the some of the paint may may have partially died out, making it gritty. This paint might still be salvageable with some filtering.

Hardware stores have paint filter bags that can be used to remove grit and many contaminants from paint. These can only be used once, but they are quite cheap. And they are fine if you just need to get some clean paint to touch up the walls.

An often overlooked problem is that the paint already on the walls may have faded over time. So any further paint that we apply may not quite match the faded colour. This is far less of a problem with modern interior paint, which largely resists fading. But it may be noticeable on exterior paint.

Some thickened paint can be resurrected with thinner
Paint can be put through a strainer bad to remove grit.
It is often best to buy some new paint. The old can will indicate the brand and colour of the new paint.
Alternately, buy a sample pot of paint for touch-up work.
Old paint must be disposed of correctly. Ask the local council or the hardware store about the correct way to dispose of paint in your area.

 

Paint that is well sealed may last up to ten years if stored in cool, dry conditions. after this it is probably unusable. It is best to buy new paint rather than risk ruining your walls with a poor pigment that is off colour or gritty.

 

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If the interior walls are showing signs of wear then consider a complete repaint. A professional will get results that look great for years to come.

 

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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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