The Basics of Home Painting

For homeowners, your house is a lifetime asset. For those who have lived in a home for many years, it’s not unusual from time to time to notice that your property is in need of renovation. Sometimes, this is because the décor is getting tired and old, and other times it’s because you feel the need for some new, vibrant colours. Re-painting your home is a tricky business, and whilst you can always hire a commercial painter in Brisbane, such as John Hartas & Sons Commercial Painting to do the job, you may also want to know what is involved in the process.

Home Painting Basics Tip #1: Choosing Paint

Choosing the correct type of paint may be confusing at first thanks to the wide range of paint types available on the market today. For your home, you will likely be choosing from two different types of paint – solvent based, or water based. Solvent based paints tend to dry more slowly, whereas water based types dry a lot quicker, making it great for indoor painting but not very desirable for the hot weather and direct sunshine we experience during the summer. You’ll also need to consider the type of finish offered by different types of paint. The ‘sheen’ factor refers to the degree of light reflection which a paint has. For large walls or ceilings, you’ll need a flat paint which has a non-reflective finish. Gloss paints are frequently used for skirting boards and wooden panels.

Home Painting Basics Tip #2: Surface Preparation

The way that you prepare the surface which you’re planning to paint can make all the difference to the finish. It’s important that you remove as much furniture as possible from the room beforehand to avoid any accidents and ensure that you have a clear workspace. Fill in any holes or cracks in the walls before you begin to paint, and ensure that you sand down the filler so that there is a flat surface to paint over. Lumps and bumps show up underneath paint, so the more time you spend ensuring that the surface is perfect, the better. Cleaning the walls beforehand can also provide a better result.

Home Painting Basics Tip #3: Painting Tips

When beginning to paint a wall, it’s best to paint around the trim first, including the edges of the ceiling. It’s a good idea to provide extra lighting in the room, so that you can spot any paint imperfections easily and fix them. If you’re using a paint roller, use diagonal strokes then fill in the open areas by cross swathing.

When you understand the basics of home painting, you can achieve a professional looking paint job with DIY!

If however, you’ve got a particularly tricky room, a challenging external aspect, or you would just simply prefer to have someone else do that painting for you, contact John from John Hartas & Sons Painting today on 0417 008 279, or via our enquiry form.

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