Before you start painting – 6 things to consider

Nothing beats the look of a house that has just been freshly painted. The transformation is instant, adding value overnight. To help ensure you get the professional finish you’re looking for, here are six things to consider

1. Using a primer

A primer is predominantly used on surfaces to give the paint something to grip onto and results in a smooth overall finish. If the area has been previously painted you might not need a primer. Test a section. If you can see it is not adhering properly it is a clear indication a primer is required. A new product recently released by Dulux is Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer which has been designed especially for problem surfaces. Always check with a painting professional as there are many products available and they will advise which is best for you.

2. Watch the temperature

Extremes of temperature can definitely affect paint application. In high temperature paint will dry very quickly and will increase the chance of flaking and blistering. On any expected hot days, start and finish early. On really hot days your brush will dry out, do keep it moist by dipping it in a small amount of water. Read the instructions on the paint tin, drying times vary greatly, this will ultimately reflect on the result you get.

3. Flat, Matte, Low Sheen or Satin?

Usually flat, matte or low sheen paints are used on walls. If your walls take a fair bit of wear and tear, such as children’s bedroom, hallways and family rooms, then a satin finish is a better option.  It does not mark as easily as the other paint finishes and is much easier to keep clean.

4. Gloss or Semi-gloss?

Gloss or semi-gloss paints look brilliant on skirting, trims, doors and windows on any home that is fairly new or in good condition. Unfortunately when used on the trims in very old houses it will show every flaw. Flat or matte paints reduces the reflection and minimise any imperfections quite considerably.

5. Oil-based versus water-based paint?

As we all know, water-based paint is much easier to deal with – no turpentine just water for the cleanup process! But the real benefit is it the reduction in VOC chemicals, which is much better for the environment and your health.

Oil-based paints are still on the market because there is still a need for heavy duty paints to be used on doors, window and door -frames. (Oil-based paint is robust and marks can be wiped away easily.) The fumes, the paint yellowing after a period of time and the turpentine clean up are unfortunately part and parcel of this type of paint.

6. Colour

Nothing makes more of an impact than colour. it can make or break a room. Interior designers are taught how to integrate and harmonise colours.  If you are a rookie with colour coordination, it’s better stay with a neutral theme. You can also use the 60% – 30% -10% colour guideline as it’s very simple to follow:

  • 60%:  Main colour
  • 30%:  Secondary colour. – This supports the main colour (it can be slightly darker or lighter shade of the main colour)
  • 10%:   Accent colour – A pop of colour used predominantly in cushions, throws, lamps and  artwork

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