How to paint streak-free doors

Getting your doors to look streak-free requires a lot of practice but after a few attempts you’ll realise nothing is impossible.


Use a mini foam roller to apply the paint instead of a brush. With a roller, you will get a nice smooth finish and no visible brush strokes.

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Be generous with the paint on the roller and start with the raised sections on the door. Roll from left to right on the cross sections and up to down on the sides.


Use long strokes.  Apply even pressure throughout.


For the inside panels, begin with the bevelled edges. Run the roller into the bevels to coat them, and then roll over them (with no paint on the roller) to smooth out any uneven marks. Move the roller across the interior panels from left to right.


Go one panel at a time (starting with the raised parts and ending with the inside panels) so that everything gets as evenly rolled as possible.


After one coat, you will see some unevenness.


After the second coat, you will find no brush markings or streaks in the finish, and the door looks even from all sides.


Happy Painting!


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How much does it cost to paint your home?

You have two ways to go about a painting project – hire a professional or do it yourself.

Hiring a Professional


The cost to hire a tradesman to paint an average-sized room (10×12 feet) currently ranges from $200.00 to $250.00. There are the three major factors that will determine cost when it comes to hiring a tradesman to paint a room in your home.

Room Size: Before you start considering colours, provide your painter with the room size to estimate how much paint is needed. To calculate your painting surface area, add together the length of every wall in the room and multiply by the height of the room from floor to ceiling. Then use the same calculation (length x height) on the windows, doors, and skirtings and subtract those numbers from the overall area. One 4 litre bucket of paint covers about 8 – 10 square metres.

Use our easy calculator.

Textured Walls: A textured wall will need more paint than a smooth wall to ensure that the surface is completely covered. Painters generally estimate about 3 square metres per litre of paint to account for texture finish.  Factor in this additional surface area into your square footage calculations when seeking an estimate.

Time: Time to finish the job will also affect the cost.

DIY Project


If you want to DIY, you can buy paint and equipment from Deluxe Coatings at very reasonable prices. Visit our store, today.

Here are a few pointers:

  • Decide on a colour palette by taking home colour samples pots from our store and testing them out on different spots on your walls.
  • Buy supplies — including rollers, brushes in a range of sizes, standard painter’s tape, a drop cloth, a paint tray, paint rollers.
  • Remove or cover all furniture to protect it from stains, using a canvas drop sheet, Deluxe Coatings has all sizes that are reasonably priced.
  • Sweep surface with a soft broom to remove any dust, prepare the surface,  mask up any surfaces that need to be masked up using our 14 Day Masking Tape , being careful not to get to much masking tape on the wall surface.
  • Paint the first coat; allow it to dry according to specifications.  Apply the second coat. Remove the masking tape before the second coat is dry.

Finishes available

  • Lo-Sheen – has a slight sheen and suited for areas requiring frequent cleaning like living rooms, hallways and children’s bedrooms.
  •  Semi-gloss – has a medium sheen and can be easily cleaned, ideal for skirtings, kitchens and bathrooms.

Don’t forget that almost any paint job will require a primer, especially on surfaces and on previously painted doors, door frames and skirtings.

Popular colour choices this year are: Shades of Grey and Pastel colours.

Happy Painting!


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How to Get Rid of Paint Odours Quickly

Adding a fresh coat of paint to a room or home can really transform the overall look and feel, but lingering paint odours can be very bothersome. It can also take the fun out of the renovation project as when you’re exposed to paint fumes for an extended period of time, they can cause headaches and dizziness.

If you are doing all the painting, do not forget to get some fresh air every so often while painting. And maybe even wear a ventilated face mask to protect your respiratory passages from the paint fumes while you’re working.

The best thing you can do is increase the ventilation and air circulation of the room, but sometimes that is not always a possibility, so check out these tips below for getting rid of paint fumes.

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Charcoal is very well known as an odour absorber. Prepare bowls of crushed charcoal and spread them around the room/home. In just an hour or two, you will notice a significant decrease in the smell. You may want to start setting up the buckets just before painting even begins, so the smell will be captured right away

Baking Soda

Place several boxes of open baking soda in the room/s, or fill up several shallow bowls with baking soda and place them throughout the room/house. Just like charcoal, baking powder helps to absorb odours. The advantage of using baking soda compared to charcoal is that baking soda is very easy to find at the grocery store and it’s relatively inexpensive. If the painted rooms are carpeted, sprinkle the carpets with a light layer of baking soda and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming.

Water and Lemons

Fill up a bucket of water and toss in a few sliced lemons. The water will absorb some of the solvents in the air, and the lemons will add a fresh, clean scent to the room/s. Place it in the room/s while you’re painting, and leave it at least overnight for the best results. You can also add some salt to the water to make it more effective at absorbing odours.


Place bowls of vinegar around the room/house to absorb the paint odours. Vinegar is a very effective natural odour neutralizer.

Coffee Grounds

Place bowls of coffee grounds throughout the room/house to help absorb minor paint odours, and will leave an aromatic coffee scent throughout the space.


Light a candle and place it in a bowl of water for a couple hours. This will help prevent a fire hazard, and the candle will burn the solvents released into the air.

Electric Fans

Open as many windows as you can and if that is not possible, then leave the fans running to blow out any solvents from the drying paint.

Happy Painting!

Colour of the Year – Shadow 2117-30

Benjamin Moore Paints, America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, has announced its Colour of the Year – Shadow 2117-30.

In addition to releasing this mysterious and elegant shade, Benjamin Moore has given us their palette of 23 bold and chic hues that will satisfy any minimalist fanatic. From muted pales to saturated deeps, the team brought together this palette with a strong focus on colour families and the ongoing trend of deeper hues and neutrals heavily preferred by the current design industry.

With concept notes celebrating of natural light throughout the day through these paints, the following 23 colours of the Colour Trends 2017 palette were released.



The striking feature of the shade is its complimenting effect on different natural and artificial lights.

Morning Light
Soft lighting of the morning sun bounces of this shade of purple to create a delicate and charming atmosphere.

Afternoon Light
The mid-day sun brings out the intriguing shadow effect, creating a complex interplay of light and dark.


As the magic hour begins, bright light becomes leisurely and soft, gradually fading towards cashmere grey.

The Shadow 2117-30 shade ends on a matte note every night against the minimalist elegant reflection of moonlight or candlelight.


Here’s what industry experts had to say about the colour.
“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”
—Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director

“Emotional connections with this colour evoke nostalgic memories of light on space and colour.”
–Carl Minchew, Vice President of Colour and Design

Tell us what you think about this rich and dark Amethyst colour. Create your own COLOUR OF THE YEAR template at Deluxe Coatings.

Happy Painting!