Finally, we have reached the last and most exciting part of the process, the Painting.
To start with, remember that Interior walls and some ceilings require maintenance painting every five to eight years with two coats of paint (recommended), but with active kids around this could be every three years.
One coat of the same paint and same colour within three years of the last painting should be more than enough to keep that fresh look. We recommend three coats of paint for rooms painted more than 8 years ago, which would give a clean and consistent finish. Properties and rooms that are exposed to road fumes or regular cooking (frying in particular), will require more attention.
Interior woodwork, such as skirting boards, door frames and door leaves, or windows and built in furniture, usually require maintenance painting every 6 years or so.
Remember to rub down all woodwork prior to applying a new coat of paint and dust off properly – you could also use a damp cloth to wipe it down before painting, just to be sure – and don’t forget to apply an undercoat to any woodwork before giving it a finishing coat. Bare wood will require knotting before priming and undercoat.
We only use water-based paints, which are non-yellowing and low in odour and VOCs, and we love Satinwood, giving a modern finish that works on old and new build properties.
The best option is to use a well-known paint brand, rather than using budget brands and paints, and for a little more you could get a Trade or Designer paint. These paints are more durable and non-yellowing and are richer in pigments. Also, some paints are now made using new technology meaning that the fading of colours is delayed.
Remember to always check the instructions given on the tin before opening it, and always stir the paint before use.
If you decide to paint the ceiling – always paint it first, then do the walls and finish by doing the woodwork/floor.
If you want to add a quality finish to your work, cut in with a brush and then run over with a mini roller. This will allow you to achieve a similar paint structure to that of the bigger roller (9’’-12’’) being used, and once everything is cut in you can start painting and rolling. And remember, never start rolling from the centre of a wall/ceiling towards either side, always start from one end of a wall/ceiling, and always roll in the same direction, and up and down – no half-way finish.
One important point to mention is to make sure that you complete a wall/ceiling before stopping for a break, otherwise you might end up with a shadow/joint line. This happens when the coat of paint you partly applied before going for a break dries, so when you resume work - you start applying a new coat. Only a few paint brands and finishes allow you to stop half-way through painting.
While painting, you might find that some small pieces of debris or dust get into the paint pot, so make sure you remove them immediately. Also, if you spot anything on any newly painted surfaces remove it as soon as possible, doing so as carefully as possible to avoid leaving any marks.
Before applying the final coat to any surface, make sure you have enough paint to complete the work, if not, get some more paint before starting. Remember to always do a good estimate and calculation of how much paint you need. We do this for you as part of our award-winning service, for any work and jobs we perform.
Remember to keep lids on tins at all times, and make sure to cover your scuttles, rollers and brushes even when you’re going for a short break; remember you are using quick drying paint!
So, open those paint pots and let the painting begin, and remember to send me any questions you might have.
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