Fixing common painting problems

Drips, brush marks, and stains are a huge disappointment to find after putting in time, effort, and sweat into painting your walls yourself.

So how can you easily fix such common mistakes without too much additional effort? Read on to learn how to fix some of the most common painting mistakes.

Remove drips from paint

To avoid drips in the first place, make sure you don’t overload your paintbrush as you paint. But if you end up with drips, follow these steps.

  1. With a scraper, carefully scrape the paint drips.
  2. Sand the area until it’s smooth, so you cannot feel the edges.
  3. Remove sanding dust with a clean rag.
  4. Repaint the area.

 

Get rid of brush marks

Brush marks often show up on natural wood finishes. They can also be caused by overloading your paintbrush. Get rid of them with these steps:

  1. Sand the area with a small piece of sandpaper. For larger areas use a hand sander/machine sander.
  2. Remove sanding dust with a clean rag.
  3. Repaint the area.

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Remove stains

If you don’t properly prime before painting, it’s possible for stains to show through your new paint coats. Here’s the best way for stains to be gone:

  1. Using a heavy duty cleaner (not caustic based), clean the area thoroughly.
  2. Let dry completely.
  3. Apply an oil-based undercoat over the stain.
  4. Once the undercoat is dry, repaint.

 

Fix flaking paint

Flaking paint happens over time as moisture finds its way under your painted surface. But it can also happen when you apply paint to a damp surface. Fix flaking paint by following these steps:

  1. Use a paint scraper or wire brush to remove the flaking paint.
  2. Sand the area. Start with a coarse abrasive, and finish the sanding with a fine abrasive.
  3. Work hard to smooth the edges between the painted and scraped areas. Otherwise, the new coat of paint will highlight those lines.
  4. Remove dust with a clean rag.
  5. Prime the area.
  6. Repaint.

 

Get rid of mildew

You’ll find mildew in bathrooms and kitchens because moisture tends to be a constant occurrence in these rooms. Take care of the problem with these steps:

  1. Wearing protective eye-wear, gloves, and clothing, wash the area with a heavy duty cleaner, water, bleach, and a clean stiff brush.
  2. Go bottom to top so you don’t stain the surface.
  3. Let the wall dry for at least two days.
  4. Remove dust with a clean rag.
  5. Prime with a primer that contains mildew protection.
  6. Repaint with two coats of paint.

Happy Painting!

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Tips for painting tricky areas

Painting is a DIY project that anyone can master in a short amount of time if they have the patience for it. Walls are easy to get a hang of but it’s often the uneven and hard to reach places that prove a challenge. Even a seasoned painter, will encounter tricky or difficult-to-reach areas occasionally.

Fortunately, we have some easy tricks to paint these areas with excellent results. Here are pro tips that address three common problem areas.

Painting window trims

Sometimes it’s a real challenge to paint windows neatly, especially when there is wood diving the panes of glass. It is also time-consuming as you need to mask tape the glass before starting. What if you didn’t need to use your painter’s tape? It doesn’t matter if your paint job is a bit messy. It’s ok to get paint on the window glass. Just wait for the paint to dry, and then scrape it off easily with a razor blade, for clean, crisp edges. For best results, scrape up the dried paint soon after it dries, and don’t let it sit for more than a day.

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Painting behind the toilet

Bathrooms have more tight areas than most rooms, and perhaps the most challenging of all is the space behind the toilet. What you’ll need is a smaller, narrower and shorter roller. This is the best tool for painting behind the toilet, and also for painting behind radiators and other wall fixtures.

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In fact, you may find all kinds of tight spaces that your hot dog roller can reach that might have been a real challenge to paint without it. If you need a longer handle on the roller to get into a particularly tight or high space, you can screw on an extension pole to provide the right amount of reach.

Painting high ceilings and walls

There may be some high areas in your home where a ladder simply can’t go, such as above a staircase. And when you need to paint a wall right up to the ceiling, you might face a challenge.

Perhaps in the past you’ve tried attaching a paintbrush to a pole to reach these high areas. But that can be very awkward, and it could turn messy.

What you will need is a paintbrush extension tool. It works like an extension of your arm, holding your paintbrush right up to the top of the wall in the area where a roller can’t go. And it’s flexible, so you can position your paintbrush in just the right way.

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Load your paintbrush judiciously; using less paint than you would if you were painting a wall in front of you. Take your time to get neat, drip-free results.

Painting high spaces, window trims, and areas behind fixtures are just a few of the areas that might present a challenge when you’re giving your room a paint makeover. Write to us if you are facing challenges with painting other tricky surfaces around the house and we will be glad to offer a solution.

Also, read our blog on how to paint tiled roofs, another challenging area for many – https://deluxecoatingsau.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/how-to-paint-a-tiled-roof/

Happy Painting.

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Common Painting Mistakes

Painting your own home is a fairly simple DIY task. However, many first timers make mistakes that leave them feeling frustrated when the job done doesn’t end up looking professional and money spent is wasted.

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Here are a few common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Use of inferior applicators

After buying good quality paint, you might be inclined to buy cheap brushes and rollers in an effort to cut costs. You will always need good quality painting tools and accessories. It is money well spent.

Improper preparation of walls

When it comes to painting, start with a blank slate. Firstly dust your walls down, and make sure all repair work is done prior to applying paint. For paint to be applied smoothly, your walls should be smooth and clean, dry and free of any loose debris.

Skipping small details

Attention to detail is what is required to create a great finish. For clean lines and professional-looking results, use masking tape. Taping ensures that you’ll have the crisp edges you want. To prevent bleeding, make sure the tape is sealed tightly around baseboards, windows, light fittings and mouldings. Once you have finished painting, gently removed the making tape while the paint is wet, if you wait until the paint is dry you will pull the paint off with the masking tape.

Leaving surroundings unprotected

Even before opening a can of paint, make sure your work zone is protected. If possible, remove all the furniture from the room. Cover the entire floor with a drop cloth. You’ll thank yourself for this 10-minute prep when you’re not scrubbing paint splatter off floors later.

Working without primer

Never skip the paint primer. Primer/Sealer prepares the wall surface so that patching and sanding can be done. Primer/Sealer also allows the next coat of paint to be applied easily, plus it ensures the true colour of the paint shines through.

 

Happy Painting!

Colour choice for a most productive office

Colour can majorly affect how productive you are.

What defines whether a colour is stimulating or soothing is not the colour, it’s the intensity. A strong bright colour will stimulate, and a pastel colour will soothe.

Interestingly, when you combine more than one colour, you get the effects of both of them. For example, if you combine a bright/bold yellow with a bright/bold blue, you will get a colour that stimulates both your emotions (yellow) and mind (blue).

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If you need to stimulate your mind, then blue would likely make you the most productive.  If you do mind-work all day, try blue with a bit of orange.

If you’re a designer, and you want creativity, make yellow your choice, because it stimulates your ego and spirits, and makes you more optimistic.

If you want to be more productive doing something physical, the colour red would make you more productive because it stimulating.

If you’re in an environment where having a strong sense of balance is the most important, the colour green might just be the colour that makes you the most productive.

To determine which colour to paint your office, first decide which main colour (or combination of colours) will work the best in your profession by deciding whether you want to affect your mind, emotions, body, or balance.

At the same time, the colour chosen is both scientific and personal to you.

Happy Painting!

How to select the right wall for an accent wall

If you have wondered how to pick a wall to feature as an accent wall, then you are not alone.

Accent walls can be tricky to select, but if done right, they can add interest and excitement to a space with little money spent.

While skimming through a home décor magazine, drooling over a dining room or hallway with a stunning accent wall, you are only seeing part of the picture.  You may love what you see but you have to remember how it will apply to your home, and you need to think of the space as a whole.

It isn’t as simple as adding a few ‘pops of colour’ to get your intended look.  In order to achieve a certain look, all of the colours and the décor in a space must be considered.

So how does one select the right wall to accent?

Accent walls should only be done for two reasons:

  1. A wall is symmetrical.
  2. A wall has an architectural detail you want to highlight, like an art niche, a fireplace detail, or special mouldings.

When you paint an accent wall, you are trying to create added style and flair.

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And how does one pick the right colour for an accent wall?

Look for colours that are already present in the space.  For example – cushions, pictures, knick knacks, rugs, drapes, etc.

You could also choose a colour that is in use in another part of the home for the accent colour.

For example, the living room and dining room might be one colour while the family room is another.

Try using the living room/dining room colour as the accent in the family room. This works well to bring unity and cohesion in the space, without letting it getting too busy.

Using an accent colour that is two or three shades off the main colour is commonly done but not advised.

Happy Painting!

Steps for removing wallpaper

To get this job started, organise a plastic drop cloth or canvas, a spray bottle and a wallpaper scraper – putty knife or razor blade. A razor scraper is best used on plaster walls, the putty knife on drywall or gypsum board. You can use the razor edge wallpaper removal tool on drywall, but the wallpaper must be thoroughly saturated with hot water containing vinegar so it can be razored off without damages.

To start, turn off the electricity in the room where you will be removing wallpaper. Move furniture away from the walls. Place the drop sheet at the base of the wall.

Before you fill the spray bottle make lines on the surface of wallpaper without going too deep.

Fill the spray bottle with regular white vinegar and hot water. It works better than chemicals, and vinegar is cheap. Use a 2:1 solution, two parts hot water and one part vinegar.

Once you spray the wallpaper, you will notice that it will soak up all the water and look dry. As long as too much water is not dripping, you can spray more water. Then after 20 minutes, spray once more liberally. It is fine if water drips on to the drop sheet. Start scrapping off the sheets but be careful of the slippery mess the paper and glue can make.

After you have completely stripped off the wallpaper, get the glue off. Try to remove the glue as soon as possible after removing the wallpaper while the glue is very wet. You can use a wet rag followed with a clean, dry rag. You can also use your razor scraper or spackle knife to scrape off the glue.

Let the wall dry thoroughly before painting.

Cheap painters can be a costly mistake

Home improvement is always expensive and even though we do not undertake it often, when we do, we are looking for the best bargains and cheapest quotes.

After all, we are homeowners and small business owners, so we know how important it can be to stick to a budget and find a great deal whenever possible.

The truth is if a cost is low you are sacrificing something to make that cost possible.

Here are a few things that could go wrong:

  • Surface Preparation – Proper prep takes time and skill, both of which cost money. If your painter skips over or minimises this essential stage, you will be negatively impacted in finish quality and longevity.
  • Low-Quality Paint Products – Cheap paint doesn’t do the job effectively. It results in poor colour retention, shorter lifespan, and it requires more product to cover a surface.
  • Inconsistent Employees – Small, cheaper painting companies tend to rely on either subcontractors or freelancers which translates to lower quality work, less experience and a general lack of accountability, sometimes causing the project to spill over beyond budgeted time.
  • No Guarantees – Small time painters won’t offer a guarantee for the work done and that can be risk in the long run.

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Call us for a quote and we’d be happy to help you make the right decisions for your next home make over.

Happy Painting!

 

How to choose the right colour for your commercial property

Commercial buildings need a fresh coat of paint from time to time just as homes do. It is beneficial to your business to add modern touches to your landscaping design as well. That said, certain buildings look best with certain neutral colours but commercial buildings cannot be painted just any colour without consideration.

It may surprise you to learn just how much inspiration you may find looking around your office parking lot /block for certain aspects that would be better highlighted by a specific building colour.

You must ask yourself whether you want your building to stand out from its surroundings or to blend in with them.

Sometimes extremely bright wall colours are used, because ‘standing out’ is considered attractive and smart. Although standing out is important for a commercial business, you should nevertheless first look to common colours associated with your logo and branding.

Many companies overlook this simple and obvious trick and fail to take advantage of lasting branding recognition built directly onto the building’s walls. This will publicize your brand in a way that is subtle and effective.

Colours play a key role in the emotions felt by those who visit the building, and certain colours are more conducive to a productive work environment than others. Colours such as blue, green, or yellow are great options because they help to promote a feeling of soothing, safety, or energy.

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Speak with your landlord about the choice to paint the exterior walls, because you may have limitations.

Happy Painting.

Our favourite non-neutral colours

Picking a paint colour is hard, and we are no strangers to that fact. Our customers are constantly seeking advice on the right shades as they are often sceptical about trying shades that are not in the neutral palette.

We have put together our list of ‘go to’ non neutral paint colours that we have tried and tested – and loved.

This deep, intense, and modern, and yet totally classic shade of blue is perfect for small rooms or big ones too. It has the most perfect amount of green in it, so it’s not purple-y.

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This teal shade is perfect for those who can’t decide on green vs. blue as it appeals to both colour preferences.

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This versatile and soft pink is just the right shade without it becoming a baby pink or a bright magenta. It is in between a coral and a bright pink, which makes it the perfect adult appropriate shade.

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Doors are usually always painted in neutral shades but we found that colourful doors can be more fun and attractive. Don’t be afraid to give yellow or red or blue a try.

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Chocolate brown is an unlikely shade for bathroom walls but we think this shade is not only versatile but grows on you.

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So, which ones are your favourites or are there any we forgot to include that you like?

If you have any colour recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Happy Painting!