Benefits of painting your garage floors

Garage floors are the most abused floors of your house by your car and its fluids, lawn equipment, other gadgets and storage boxes, etc.

So why bother painting your garage floors?

Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many benefits to painting your garage floors.

Bare, unfinished concrete is not a smart idea as the dust spreads to all items in your garage and eventually into your home. A simple coat of paint is all you need to control dust.

In addition to dust reduction both in and outside, the smooth surface of a painted garage floor accumulates much less dirt, requiring less frequent cleanings. When painted garage floors require cleaning, you can do so with much less effort thanks to a smooth surface.

Depending on which type of paint you select the adhesion of oil, chemicals, water, mould, mildew, and other staining materials can be prevented. Simply wipe clean with a sponge and a little detergent.

Unlike bare concrete which absorbs light, painted surfaces offer light reflection that brightens your garage without the installation of a single additional socket or bulb.

Painting your garage floor really changes the look of your worn out garage. So make time for a make-over. Contact us.

Happy Painting!

Use a roller like a pro

Streaks, drips, and roller lines are signs of a paint roller used improperly. Nothing can be more frustrating and disappointing when you are trying to get the job done fast and right.

How can you achieve a professional, beautiful, smooth finish? Read these tips on how to use a paint roller like a pro!

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We can’t stress enough the importance of working with good quality painting tools. Don’t be tempted to purchase a bargain paint roller to save a few dollars.

Remove any loose fibres from your roller prior to use. Dabbing painters tape against the roller cover is an easy way to remove any extra fibres.

Roll your roller into the paint tray multiple times until the roller is completely coated. A properly loaded paint roller should have an even coverage of paint. It should not drip when moved or require much pressure to transfer paint onto the wall. Working in a ‘W’ pattern, roll paint onto your wall in two to three foot length sections. Shift your pattern to fill in the unpainted areas, overlapping the edges of your previously painted section slightly. Repeat until your wall is covered.

If your project requires more than one can of the same paint colour, mix the remaining paint from your first can into your second to keep the colour consistent.

Always have a damp cloth on hand while painting to quickly clean up any spills or splatters.

Start at the top of your wall and work down.

Avoid applying pressure to the roller when painting. Pressing the roller firmly against the wall will lead to ridges along the edges of your roller lines. If you find yourself pressing harder to get paint on the wall, it is time to reload your roller.

If you find you have tramlines in the area you have just painted, with a fairly empty roller, go over this area, but only roll one way to remove the excess paint and tramlines.

Happy Painting!

A quick lesson in cleaning your painting tools

Any painting project can be made simpler if you know how to properly clean your tools. Many amateur painters end up buying several new brushes, rollers or trays per project because they simply do not know how to properly clean their equipment.

Make better use of your painting tools and accessories with these easy to follow instructions.

Cleaning brushes, roller trays and sleeves thoroughly is helpful in prolonging their usefulness.

As soon as you are done painting, pour the unused paint into the can if it has not been contaminated. Use a paintbrush to guide the paint back into the can and shut the lid tight.

Run cold water over the paint tray, rinsing away most of the paint. Use a scrub brush to remove the rest of the paint. Brush in a circular motion. Rinse the paint tray one final time after the paint is removed. Dry with an old cloth.

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To clean the roller, work the tool over a scrap board, eliminating as much paint as you can. Then hold the roller over a sink with the water running. Grip one end of the roller and slide your other hand down the roller’s sleeve, using a firm grip to get rid of most of the paint.

Run the roller under cold water for a minute or two, and repeat the step above. Next, partly fill the sink with cold water and work the roller to and fro in the water a couple times.

Finally, remove the roller sleeve from the paint roller frame and thoroughly clean the frame and place the roller sleeve back on the roller’s frame. Spin the roller to remove the excess water.

When you store the roller, hang it so the sleeve does not touch anything and allow it to air dry.

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Clean paint brushes immediately after use. Do not soak brushes in solvent or water, as this can damage the bristles.

To clean oil-based paints, varnishes, lacquers and shellacs from your paint brush, closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the proper cleaning solvent (mineral spirits or paint thinner for paint and varnish, denatured alcohol for shellac, etc.). Pour the solvent into a container and dip the paint brush into the solvent. Work thinner through the brush bristles, dipping up and down in container several times. Spin the paint brush to remove excess thinner and then repeat process with a clean container and clean thinner.

To clean water-based paints from your paint brush, a mixture of warm water and mild soap is the best cleaning solution. Prepare soapy water and pour into a clean container. Dip the paint brush into the mixture, working the soap through the brush bristles. Follow with a clear water rinse. Repeat the process if necessary. Always use a clean container with clean soapy water and follow with a clear water rinse. For stubborn water-based paints, try mineral spirits or lacquer thinner, followed by warm soapy water and a clear water rinse.

Happy Painting!

 

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How to avoid exterior paint disasters

Cooler and colder weather is soon going to set it and this might be the best time as any to start and complete your outdoor painting projects.

Go about them the right way and you’ll be treated to years of problem-free paint. Here’s our advice.

home-1689859_960_720Properly prepare the surface. Good surface preparation is essential if you want to avoid cracks, blistering, flaking and peeling paint. Before you apply the finish coat, make sure the exterior surface is clean and sound, with no loose or peeling paint, and prime any and all bare or unpainted wood or metal. All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust, wax, grease, etc. Loose, powdery or chalky surfaces should be brushed down thoroughly and sealed with a solvent based primer e.g. Deluxe Coatings Super Seal.

Invest in our top quality Acrylic Based Exterior Coatings. Assuming that the surface has been properly prepared, the best protection against bad paint jobs is to use a top quality Acrylic Based Coating. This type of paint adheres well to the surface, yet is flexible enough to expand and contract with temperature variations making it extremely tough, durable, and long lasting. Investing in top quality paint is not as expensive.

Visit our store to get the quality exterior paints. Deluxe Coatings exterior paints are suitable for use on multiple types of surfaces including gyprock, hardwall plaster, brick, cement, cement render, galvanised iron and timber.

The best quality painting tools allow you to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint, offering maximum protection from weather woes. Choose brushes with split bristles of multiple lengths that are packed tightly together. And, when working with acrylic paint, be certain to use brushes and rollers made of synthetic material, which will hold their shape better.

Paint only in moderate weather conditions. Most coatings form the best protective film when it isn’t too cold or too hot outside, and when the wind isn’t excessive. Do not apply if surface temperature is less than 12°C.

Happy Painting!

 

Create a soothing bathroom

After a long day at work most people look forward to coming home and unwinding with a nice, warm bath or shower before bed. How would you describe your bathroom? Is it a peaceful retreat you crave after a tough day?

If your answer is no, let us show you how using the right colours, you can turn your bathroom into a sanctuary.

There are plenty of colour options that set the mood for relaxation.

Green & White

Sage green is a great choice in bathroom colours as it captures the feeling of the outdoors. Add some white with touches of warm wood grain on the flooring to bring the green wall/s to life. If you enjoy spending lots of time in nature, a woodsy colour scheme will be just right for your bathroom.

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Blue & Cream

If you love the ocean then this would be a natural colour choice. Blue accent walls are reminiscent of oceans and clear skies and they go perfectly with cream-coloured walls to create a nice balance.

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Lavender

Nature-themed colour schemes aren’t the only good option if you’re looking to transform your bathroom into a relaxing environment. Walls painted a soft lavender are a soothing choice that add that feminine touch.

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Grey

If pastels aren’t your first love, grey is a beautiful neutral colour that feels both sophisticated and relaxing.

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Additional tips to make your bathroom your daily haven:

Don’t strain your eyes under bright bulbs. Lighting that may be perfect for getting ready in the morning is too bright for when you want to unwind. Consider installing dimmer switches.

While you’re picking out candles for your bath tub, don’t just opt for essential oils like lavender or chamomile but also a few in a scent that you fancy like chocolate or strawberry.

If your bathroom has natural light consider bringing in a plant or two. If you can’t have a plant in your bathroom, artwork showcasing nature is a great way to incorporate elements of nature into your space.

Happy Painting!

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