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Painting Tips & Hints
Wherever possible, it’s best to use a professional painter. Painting requires a degree of skill and, by the time you have purchased tools, equipment and materials to tackle the job yourself the cost will probably be similar anyway.
- Plan your Painting project carefully and well before you begin.
- Look at magazines and paint palettes for ideas about complementary colours and finishes.
- Many paint manufacturers offer a colour consultation service. This can be well worthwhile, especially if you are renovating or redecorating.
- Obtain quotes from expert painters who provide a professional job and a quality finish. Compare quotes in detail to be sure you get the best value for money.
- Choose the time for your painting project well. Warmer weather is popular but, painting contractors have more work then so you may need to be flexible to secure the painter you prefer.
- Be sure that you and your painter agree on how long the painting project will take. That way you can better plan for tasks that might follow the painting project, like carpet-laying.
- For the safety of everyone it is better to relocate children and pets for the duration of the painting project.
- Prepare your home and your family ahead of time for when the painting work begins.
- Protect valuables and minimise damage by taking time to remove and store small furniture items, artwork and fittings.
- Cleaning up paint splatter can be a chore, so cover any exposed items and carpet well.
- Create a spacious work area by moving larger furniture items into the centre of each room.
- Ensure you vacuum around the work area before the painting work begins. This should include corners and skirting to minimise dust that could ruin the finished look.
- It might seem obvious but use a quality dust cover for items remaining in the work area as well as floors, carpets and rugs.
- Plan for your painter to have access into and out of the work area as well as a water supply for cleaning up.
- Don’t get all excited and move in the furniture as soon as the painting is done. Paint takes 2-3 days to dry completely, so position items away from the wall to avoid damage to the paint finish and furniture.
- If you’re thinking about a DIY painting job, make sure you plan plenty of extra time and budget to buy good quality tools, equipment and materials. This will ensure a better quality end result.
- Consider taking a basic painting course before starting your project.
- Consult an expert paint outlet about the available paint products and finishes to be sure you select the best materials for your particular needs.
- Purchase the best quality tools, equipment and materials you can afford because this greatly affects the finish you will achieve.
- Work out all the costs and compare a painting contractor quote to be sure whether you are saving any time or money.
- Plan for at least 2 coats and buy more than enough paint because novice painters tend to use more paint than a professional painting contractor.
- Old sheets and towels are ideal for rags and cleaning up. Keep a bucket of clean water handy too.
- Avoid accidents by keeping work and access areas clear of furniture and other items.
- Follow the paint manufacturer instructions and application directions to the letter.
- Keep your painting tools and equipment clean right throughout the project. At the end of the day be sure to wash off excess paint, even if you’re feeling tired.