Caring for your paint brushes and rollers

Brushes

A paint brush cover is important to any paint brush. It helps the brush maintain its shape when it dries and protects it when you need to transport it.

A simple and free method to keeping your brushes protected is to use old toilet paper rolls. Just flatten out the roll and you have a perfect fit for a 2 inch brush which is possibly the most versatile brush.

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

To wash latex paint off a paint brush any mild bar soap or dishwashing detergent will work. 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 lacquer thinner, followed by warm soapy water and a clear water rinse.

When cleaning oil-based paints, varnishes, lacquers and shellacs from your paint brush, closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the proper cleaning solvent. 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 into a waste area to remove excess thinner and then repeat process with a clean container and clean thinner.

A paint brush comb is also a good tool to clean a paint brush. This tool is very useful in cleaning through the center of the brush and removing any residue near the ferrule’s edge. Paint residue left in the brush will harden and “set” the bristles, making them lose their bend recovery. Once clean, use the paint brush comb to straighten the bristles. Reshape the paint brush to its original shape and lay flat to dry.  Do not use a wire brush on a paint brush. While it will help remove the dried paint from the tips of the bristle, it also knocks off the flag (splits) at the end of the bristles.

Whenever possible, store brushes by hanging them. Never store a paint brush on its tip, which can result in “curling.”

Consider using different brushes for oil-based products and water-based products. It is much easier to clean the paint brushes if you don’t switch back and forth between the two types of bases.

 

Rollers

Remove roller cover sleeve from the painting frame immediately after using. Do not allow the paint to begin drying on the paint roller. Clean roller covers immediately after use. Never leave the roller sleeve soaking in water or solvent.

To clean oil-based paints, varnishes, lacquers and shellacs from your roller cover, closely follow manufacturer’s instructions in selecting the proper cleaning solvent. Pour the solvent into a container and dip the roller cover into the solvent. Repeat this process using a clean container and fresh solvent until the roller cover is clean.

Cleaning water-based paints from your paint roller covers requires a good wash with soap and warm water. Then rinse until clean. Repeat the process if necessary. Always use a clean container with clean soapy water and follow with a clear water rinse. If needed, use a putty knife to help scrape off the paint. For stubborn water-based paints, try mineral spirits or lacquer thinner, followed by warm soapy water and a clear water rinse.

Dry and store your roller covers with care. String roller covers on rope or dowels to aid in drying the sleeves. Don’t stand the paint roller on its end or lay it down. Dry thoroughly before storing in dust-free cabinets or boxes.

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The most versatile shades for your kitchen

The kitchen is not just that room in the house where the food is cooked. It is the most essential room in a home as families spend most of their waking time in the kitchen and since it is the most used room, choosing the right colour is important.

Instead of choosing dark, dramatic colours which might become overwhelming in a few months, a simple, bright, yet comforting colour can make your kitchen the best room in your home.

Do not forget to take into consideration the availability of light that can change the appearance of your kitchen in major ways.

White

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What can be more comforting than the colour white? Whether you have a traditional kitchen or a modern one, the colour white results in perfection every time.

There are endless possibilities for one to explore with home décor like crockery, jars, curtains, chairs, blinds and so much more as everything goes great with white.

Ivory

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Ivory is the best alternative for white. It is equally soothing and bright and will make your kitchen look fresh and clean. Ivory also complements easily with most home décor choices and so it is a safe bet.

If you worry about white being too stark then, ivory should be your next choice.

Grey

Grey is the most underestimated versatile colour in the palette and should be a popular choice for your kitchen if you have enough natural light to boast of.  Grey can be combined with red, green or yellow for a bit of contrast.

Green

Add shades of green to give your kitchen a sophisticated look. You can do this with a mint or turquoise green feature wall.  This adds drama without becoming too overwhelming.

Another way to get a contemporary look for your kitchen is to have green walls with wooden cabinets.

Yellow

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Yellow in all shades are a welcome choice for kitchens as yellow perks you up and makes waking up to a cuppa in the kitchen an easy choice.

Since yellow is pretty neutral it can be used on all the walls and it will complement beautifully with most kitchen cabinets like bright white or light and dark wooden ones.

 

Happy Painting!

How to choose the right roof colour for your home

Your roof is a huge part of your home’s exterior so it should complement your home’s architectural style and exterior colour scheme.

Start by thinking about how the look of your new roof colour could improve your home’s exterior.

Coordinate the colours of your roof with the colours of your exterior walls, doors, fences, gates, trimmings, stone, etc.

For example, a dark grey or black roof will look good with a white, light grey or blue house, while a brown, cream or beige house will match better with brown roof tiles or a mix of cream and brown. Green, yellow and other bright colours have more flexibility and can be matched with brown, grey, or black roof tiles.

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Dark colours make a home look smaller and light colours make a home look larger. This applies for both exterior walls and roofs.

If you want to make a statement pick an unusual colour combination like Burgundy but if you want to be traditional then play it safe with the usual shades.

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The colour of your roof can affect the temperature of your home and make a big difference in the heating or cooling cost of your home. Light coloured roofs deflect sunlight and help keep temperatures down in summer, while dark coloured roofs absorb heat and help homes stay warm in winter.

It’s always nice if your roof doesn’t exactly match or clash with your neighbour’s roof but be sure to check if unusual colours are accepted or if any Estate or Shire rules or covenants codes apply.

See our website for roof paints.

Happy Painting!

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How to paint a tiled roof

Painting your roof is a great way to add value to your home. While the job may seem daunting and not applicable to the DIY category, we want to assure you that if done properly and safely, it’s quite simple and easy and what is most important is to prepare thoroughly and use the right equipment.

Before you start painting, you need to clean your roof. High-pressure blasting is the preferred method. Make sure to remove lichen, bird droppings, wax or grease from the tiles, if any with the right chemical mixture.

While cleaning, check your roof for any broken or cracked tiles and replace them. If you see any damaged mortar around the ridge capping, remove the capping and apply new mortar and put the capping back in place. Start painting only after the mortar has dried fully.

Next, calculate the area of your roof and buy enough paint to apply three coats – one coat of Sealer/Primer and two coats of your desired colour.

The best and quickest way to paint a tiled roof is with an airless spray gun. Surface must be primed before applying one coat Acrylic Roof Sealer or Oil based Primer should that be required before applying two coats Deluxe Coatings Roof Coating.

Some facts about our roof coatings

Coating Type: Acrylic Resin based exterior gloss coating.

Application: Suitable for airless spray only.

Apply 2 coats of 100% Acrylic Roof Coat to specifications.

Coverage rate: 5 square metres per litre.

Gloss level: Approximately 80%.

Thinner: Water

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Dos and Don’ts

  1. Don’t paint when there is a rain forecast or when it’s raining and if it’s going to be a hot day, start early.
  2. Do not apply if surface temperature is less than 12°C.
  3. Don’t use an airless spray on a windy day.
  4. Don’t work on the roof alone.
  5. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses and a hardhat.
  6. Make sure the ladder is on a solid, level surface.
  7. Wear a safety harness that’s tied to something sturdy.

 

Happy Painting!

 

Painting your home in winter

Home painting is usually a summer project all across the world but sometimes we are stuck with home improvements in rainy and cold times.

Most people are discouraged from taking on a paint project in winter for the following reasons:

  • Painting outdoors in wet weather will cause the paint to streak if exposed to the rain.
  • Painting indoors in lower temperatures might not allow the paint to dry properly.

If you are going to tackle a paint project this winter, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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You can still work on indoor paint projects during cold and wet weather as long as it’s between 12 and 30 degrees Celsius and you have adequate air circulation. The paint will dry just fine.

To speed up drying times you can increase air circulation by opening doors and windows during the warmer part of the day (as long as the rain doesn’t come in), by using fans or in extreme cases by using blow heaters. These can hired from some equipment hire stores.

Deluxe Coatings only uses premium paint, so generally issues like humidity have only a marginal effect on the product.

Winter means slow business for painters so you might get a great deal for the job.

Happy Painting!

How to make your old wrought iron look new

Wrought iron railings, fences and deck furniture are an integral part of most homes. The only disadvantage is that wrought iron can rust easily and needs refinishing to look fresh.

Pick a warm, dry day to paint your wrought iron pieces. Don’t start painting if surfaces are wet or when the humidity is high. Try painting directly in the sun, if you’re painting movable wrought iron pieces like furniture.

Set up a clear space to work and cover the floor with a drop cloth to protect from splatters and drips. For fences or railings, make sure that the ground, walls and surrounding surfaces are protected by drop cloths and painter’s tape.

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Clean the metal with a vinegar/water solution (50/50) or use water with a mild detergent and a brush or rag to scrub of any dirt and grime. Use a bleach/water solution to remove any mold or mildew.

Completely remove old paint and rust for new coats of paint to adhere properly. The surface needs to be free of loose flakes of paint. Sanding and scraping the surface will improve paint adhesion. Remove both rust and paint using a stiff wire brush. Emery board can also be use to sandpaper railings or fences because of their flexibility. Remove sanding dust as you go. You should see bare metal where the rust has been removed.

Do not forget to wear a dust mask, safety goggles, and appropriate clothing that cover your skin while you sand and scrape away metal paint.

Spray wrought iron with a primer made for metals for smoothest coverage results. For best results, apply two coats. When spraying, use a brush to keep painting over the freshly applied paint before it begins to dry to work the paint into the surface for better adhesion and to smooth out drips. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours.

Spray paint or apply with a small to medium-sized paintbrush. Spray painting gets the job done fast and provides excellent coverage and a smooth finish. For best results, apply a second coat of paint within one hour of applying the first coat. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before using.

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Happy Painting!

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!

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!