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Foolproof decorating with an office and house painting services contractor
Hiring a reputable office and house painting services contractor can make all the difference when it comes to decorating your business premises or home. Many mistakes in DIY painting arise from a combination of minor oversights, lack of preparation, and a failure to grasp the basic principles of selecting and applying the right paint for the job. These potential problems can be eliminated if you call in the experts.
Professionals are adept at determining precisely what types of paint and finish to use to achieve outstanding results. Experienced painting contractors know that the sort of paint chosen is just as important as the colour and can have a big effect on the appearance and character of a room in making it look fresh and updated, which can add value to your property.
If you’re planning a small-scale painting job and fancy going it alone, here are some guidelines the experts suggest you follow…
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Choosing the right paint
Most wall paint nowadays is water-based although oil-based paint is still popular to achieve a glossy finish on doors and other woodwork. If you decide to use water-based paint on a surface previously coated with an oil-based product, the new paint may not stick and tend to peel unless you take care in washing the surface and then sanding it to ensure it is clean, dry, and retaining no shine.
Water-based paint has a low level of toxic emissions, dries quickly, is resilient to breakdown, and keeps its colour over time without yellowing. Oil-based paint is ideal for an attractive shine and a hard, durable finish.
Flat matt is considered the standard for walls and ceilings in both home and office painting because its intense depth of colour creates a tranquil mood and helps to conceal imperfections. (House painting professionals recommend using a cream shade for ceilings, instead of white).
The reflective sheen of gloss paint looks good on baseboards and mouldings, as well as doors. It’s extremely hard-wearing and can endure cleaning over a long period. Eggshell and satin are often used in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, where ease of cleaning is a priority.
For an attractive finish that will last, it’s imperative to apply the correct base coat. On new surfaces, use a primer to protect the base surface and provide a sound foundation for further coats. If you’re working on a surface that has previously been painted, use an undercoat that matches the colour of the decorative finish coat.
Exterior flat paint is available with a rough or smooth texture. Gloss and slightly-less-shiny satin finishes are perfect for wooden and metal surfaces, indoors or outdoors. Gloss is usually applied as a single coat over one or two coats of primer. More hard-wearing than flat paint, eggshell has a slight sheen and is often applied on interior wood surfaces as an alternative to semi-gloss.
A quality paint will perform well in most situations, provided it’s used with the right primer and on the surface it’s designed for. Sometimes, it’s worth using a paint devised for a specific task. Special bathroom and kitchen paints are formulated to battle moisture and fungal growth; floor paint for concrete and floorboards, in gloss and sheen finishes, is typically solvent-based and very hardwearing; and some types of metal paints can be applied directly over rust.
It’s all about atmosphere
For now, let’s leave the last word on paint and finishes to colour trend specialist Sue Kim at Valspar, one of the largest coatings manufacturers in the world. “It’s all about how you want to set the atmosphere of your home,” says Sue. “A matt sheen gives a serene feeling. At the other end of the spectrum, gloss adds excitement and energy.” For more intimate spaces, Sue advocates the use of satin and eggshell. “I always say a satin finish is great in a powder room. It reflects the light to bring out the colour.”
For further advice on selecting the right type of paint and finish, visit ELLE Decor.
Applying the paint: Tips from expert office and house painting services contractor
Now you’ve carefully chosen the type of paint and finish you need, it’s time for the exciting bit: getting it onto your wall or ceiling.
Good-quality applicators will make the job easier and produce a better result. Primer can be applied with a brush, roller, or pad, as can undercoats and flat or eggshell finishing layers. Gloss, metal, and wooden-floor paint are solely brush territory, although you can also use a roller if painting a concrete floor.
You can help to ensure your painting goes according to plan by:
- Waiting for each coat to dry before applying another;
- Keeping a damp cloth handy to mop up spills; and
- If you’re using a roller, painting a W or M shape onto the wall to spread the paint, and then filling it in.
If you’re painting the exterior of your home or office, you need to consider the weather before you get started. High levels of humidity can decelerate drying time for water-based paints, so if it looks like being really muggy, consider waiting a day or two.
More top tips:
- Use washable paint in high-traffic areas. As opposed to flat paint, washable satins or semi-gloss are ideal for areas such as foyers, hallways, and stairways.
- Be careful not to plunge your brush too far into the paint container. Just dip it one-third of the way into the can to avoid waste. If you force paint deep into the bristles of your brush, it’ll be a tough job to clean it.
- Work from top to bottom. When painting walls, start from the ceiling and work downwards for the smoothest finish.
Clean up promptly. Brushes, rollers and pads need to be thoroughly washed with water and detergent and stored away properly after the painting project is completed. If you’ve been using gloss paint, you’ll need turps or white spirit.
5 common painting mistakes
- Buying cheap applicators. Don’t be tempted to skimp on brushes, rollers, and pads. Quality tools are essential for good results and they last longer.
- Poor preparation. You need to start with a blank slate. Repair any cracks, sand down bumps, and wash surfaces meticulously (sugar soap is best). The wall or ceiling has to be dry and clean of any loose debris.
- Using the wrong tape. For clean lines, use proper painters’ tape, not masking tape. This will help to ensure you get crisp edges. To avoid bleeding, seal the tape tightly around windows, baseboards, and moulding. Remove tape as soon as the paint is applied.
- Failing to protect your work area. If possible, remove furniture; then cover the whole floor with a drop cloth.
- Painting without a primer. Primer preps the surface so paint adheres to it more effectively. It also ensures the true colour of the paint shines through. Make things easier with a 2-in-1 paint and primer.
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