As passionate house painters, we have a whole tool-belt full of tips and techniques that we use to work as effectively as possible. Here are just some of them:-
A House Painters History Book
It is amazing what we find when we uncover old paint. By gently scraping away the loose paintwork we can reveal your home’s colourful history. You may even get some great ideas for colours.
Once the surface has been properly cleaned, scraped and sanded, it’s time to tape up. Good quality masking tape is a must to cover things such as light switches and light fittings. We also make sure that the floors and windows are fully protected, and we cover all furnishings with drop cloths or plastic.
What to Paint First
A good house painter will always paint exterior doors and windows early in the day and prop them open to dry. That way they are ready to close by nightfall.
Masking tape should be removed before the paint is completely hard. This will prevent the paint from chipping or tearing. Removing tape while the paint is still not fully hardened will also allow easier clean-up if any paint has run under the tape.
Getting a Mirror Finish
For that extra-shiny mirror-like finish, a smooth and easy to apply filler should be used under the gloss paint. Most fillers are designed to bond to timber, plaster, concrete, mortar and primed metal. A coat or two of gloss finish over this, and the results are spectacular.
Using Paint Pads
Architraves and skirting boards can be time consuming when painted with a brush. We use a paint pad for these hard-to-get at areas. Those little foam pads with wheels can really speed up the job and take the fuss out of edges.
Highlight small details in extra colours quickly and neatly using an artists brush. The lasting effects are well worth the effort and extra time it may take.
Painting Over Glossy Enamel with Acrylics
This is where it is essential that the old painted surface is clean and smooth. We professional house painters recommend that:-
- Gloss enamels should be sanded to a flat finish before being repainted with an acrylic.
- Undercoat may not be necessary if a matte or low sheen acrylic paint is used.
- However, for a gloss or semi gloss finish, an acrylic undercoat is necessary to fill any imperfections.
- Lightly sand the undercoat to give a smooth, flat finish.
These house painters tips bring us great satisfaction, but if you feel that you don’t have the time or skill levels to use them yourself, then you can leave it all to us and get a perfect result. We are just a phone away on (07) 3829 5736 for a free measure and quote.