preparing walls for painting

Preparing Walls For Painting – Tips for the best results

Preparing your walls for painting is the first step in getting a smooth, attractive, and durable finish. Whether you’re painting an old and worn wall or a newly plastered wall, you should always prep it before applying the first coat of paint. If you don’t have a painting background or haven’t painted before it is something you might not know. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to prepare different walls for painting that you’ll find useful for your home painting project.

Preparing a wall before painting

There are different wall surfaces that you may need to prepare before you start painting. The technique you use on an old chipped, and a rough wall will not be the same as the one you use on a newly finished and generally smooth wall with a plastered finish. Depending on the surface you’re dealing with, follow the steps outlined below when preparing walls for painting:

Preparing a plastered wall

A plastered wall is the easiest to paint, as the surface will be relatively smooth with little blemishes.

    • A freshly plastered wall will only need a primer and undercoat to get your wall ready for the first coat of paint
    • Use a roller to apply a primer, followed by an undercoat to create the best painting surface
    • Priming the surface will seal it and keep the plaster from soaking up the paint when you apply it. If you don’t do this it can lead to a lot of waste, resulting in more coats of paint being needed than necessary
    • Also, remember to let the new plaster fully dry before you start prepping to paint. This will be evident when the wall turns a uniform grey/pink colour with no dark patches and can take anything from 24 hours up to a week depending on the temperature of a room

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Painting Doors

Tips For Painting Internal Doors

Do you need help with painting doors in your property? Read our tips which will make the job quick, safe and easy for you.

Preparation is key and if you prepare and follow our tips you will end up with upcycled, beautiful new looking doors and you will have saved yourself a lot of money replacing them.

You can attain a perfect, long-lasting finish if you prepare adequately, use the right tools and supplies, and use a good technique. Make an old door look brand new again with these expert tips.

Choose Your Interior Door Paint Colour

There are many factors to consider when choosing an interior door paint colour. The first is the overall aesthetic of your home. If you have a modern home, you’ll want to choose a colour that complements your contemporary style. For a traditional home, you might want to choose a more classic colour like white or cream. The second factor to consider is the trim in your home. If you have dark wood trim, you may want to choose a light-coloured door to ensure it doesn’t look too dark and heavy. Conversely, if you have light-coloured trim, you can get away with a darker door colour, it really does depend on the look you are trying to achieve. Finally, think about the colours of the rooms adjacent to your doors as you don’t want colours to clash within your home and will want to choose a colour that works well with all of them.

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