FAQ for House Painting

If you’re looking for insightful tips and advice on house painting, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive into some of the most commonly asked questions, sharing advice and practical solutions drawn from years of hands-on experience in the field.

How Long Should I Wait Before Using a Recently Painted Room?

When it comes to freshly painted rooms, patience is key. With advancements in paint technology, chemical odours and residues are less of a concern compared to older paint types. However, it’s still advisable to let the room air out with open windows and a fan for a few days, especially before sleeping in it. This is particularly important for young children and pregnant women. Generally, waiting about a week is a good rule of thumb.

Can Exterior Paint Be Used Indoors?

Technically, you can use exterior paint indoors, but it’s not the most practical choice. It’s more expensive and doesn’t offer significant benefits for indoor use. Plus, it takes longer for the chemical smell to dissipate. Sometimes, leftover exterior paint is used for internal areas like windowsills or doorframes to utilize excess paint and because it can resist sun fading.

Will Glossy Paint Make a Room Hotter?

This is more myth than fact. The type of paint you use outside can affect a house’s humidity, but the finish of interior paint (like glossy or matte) doesn’t significantly impact the room’s heat or moisture levels.

Are There Any Problems in Painting Over Gloss or Matte Finishes?

When repainting, matte finishes are fairly straightforward as long as the surface is well cleaned. Gloss finishes, however, can be tricky. A new layer of paint doesn’t adhere well to a glossy surface, so you’ll need to roughen the old layer for proper bonding. Latex paint can present similar challenges.

Why Use Gloss Paint?

Gloss paint is a classic choice for areas like kitchens and bathrooms due to its ease of cleaning and moisture resistance. However, with new paint options like eggshell offering similar benefits, the choice between gloss and other finishes often comes down to personal preference. Keep in mind, gloss paint tends to highlight imperfections on surfaces.

Should the Ceiling Be Painted First?

It’s usually best to start with the ceiling to avoid any paint drips on freshly painted walls. Professional painters typically have techniques to minimize spillage, so it’s less of an issue for them.

Need More Advice?

For personalised advice and professional insights, feel free to reach out to us at Oppa Painting, Sydney. We’re here to help with all your house painting needs!



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