Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Big Picture on Painting; Correct Preparation, Right Tools Essential

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Big Picture on Painting; Correct Preparation, Right Tools Essential

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A NEW coat of paint can totally transform any home, but it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Choosing a new colour for your walls may seem like the most important decision, but it is just one step in the process.

You need to prepare the surface, buy the right tools and finally, apply the paint.

Here are some tips to make your home a painted picture of success:

Getting ready

When painting a room, the first step (and probably the most important) is preparing the surface. Poor surface preparation is the number one cause of paint failure and can ruin your desired effect if not done properly.

Before you start, donat forget to put a drop sheet on the floor and cover any furnishings you donat want splattered with paint.

Thoroughly clean and dry the surface before painting. As a general rule of thumb, anything with a shiny surface needs to be dulled before painting.

High-gloss surfaces must be cleaned and sanded in order for the paint to bond.

An oil-based primer or coat of flat paint can take the shine off a surface and prepare it for the new paint. You will need a flat, smooth surface for this to work effectively.

Scrape off flaking paint and wallpaper. Patch holes and cracks, allowing the area to dry before proceeding. Sand raised imperfections, bubbles and blisters.

Apply a primer if necessary. Repaired, patched, stained and new surfaces require a coat of primer before painting.

If the surface has been painted, you only need to paint the patched or repaired areas.

Rollers

Painting should start at the top and work towards the bottom, painting the ceilings, then the walls, and finally the trim and woodwork. But before you can start, you need to choose the right tools for the job.

Rollers make painting large surfaces quick and easy. But, buying a roller is not as simple as walking into the store and grabbing the first one you see. You need to consider the size of the surface you are painting, the texture, and the type of paint you want to apply.

Choosing the right roller

A good roller is worth buying so look for one in the mid to upper price range. …

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