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Painting Checklist

Our painting checklist will be handy whether you’re a DIY painter or using a professional painting contractor to do the work for you.

Using a painting contractor

3 weeks before
  1. Identify and plan your painting project
  2. Visit Compare Quotes for painting contractor costs
  3. Select and book your painter
The day before
  1. Remove as many mounted objects and light fittings as possible from the area to be painted
  2. Remove small furniture pieces like coffee tables from the room or work area
  3. Place larger furniture in the centre of the room to maximum space in the work area
  4. Carefully cover the remaining furniture and fittings (your painter may help with this)
  5. Use a quality dust cover for floors and carpet to protect from paint splatter
  6. Remove curtains and curtain tracks
  7. Clean skirting, corners, cornice and panelling in the areas to be painted
On the day
  1. Be on time to meet your painter
  2. Identify and resolve any access issues or special areas of concern
  3. Keep painter’s access clear and use a coversheet in this walkway to protect from damage
  4. For outdoor areas ensure waterproofing is added on or use a waterproof form of paint.
  5. Remove any rubbish from the work area to reduce hazards possible tainting of paint
  6. Take small children and pets to a safe location away from the work area
  7. A nice touch is to leave access to coffee or water and toiletries for the painters
After the job
  1. Open doors and windows to air out any painting fumes
  2. Keep furniture and fittings away from the new paint for 1-2 days to be sure paint is dry
  3. Enjoy your fresh new coat of paint

DIY painting checklist

3 weeks before
  1. Research painting methods or book a course and learn the right painting skills
  2. Make a detailed plan for your painting project and identify the materials you’ll need
  3. Buy professional painting trade tools and equipment
  4. Select and purchase the your correct amount of paint for your project
  5. For outdoor areas ensure waterproofing is added on or choose a waterproof form of paint
  6. Identify a practice area and test your tools, materials and skill
The day before
  1. Remove as many mounted objects and light fittings as possible from the area to be painted
  2. Remove small furniture pieces like coffee tables from the room or work area
  3. Place larger furniture in the centre of the room to maximise space in the work area
  4. Carefully cover the remaining furniture and fittings (your painter may help with this)
  5. Use a quality dust cover for floors and carpet to protect from paint splatter
  6. Remove curtains and curtain tracks
  7. Clean skirting, corners, cornice and panelling in the areas to be painted
  8. Assemble your materials, tools and equipment
  9. Prepare the surface for painting (this will vary depending on your specific painting job)
On the day
  1. Inspect your tools to ensure they are clean and free of dry paint
  2. Thoroughly clean any dirt or old paint that could spoil the surface
  3. Use the technique you practiced to apply a coat of paint in the correct thickness
  4. Complete all woodwork last
  5. Allow paint to dry and apply any additional coats
  6. Check you have a good, even application and make any final touches
Note:  DIY painting needs will depend on your specific painting project. This checklist is intended as a guide only.
 
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