Is Your Next DIY Project Painting?

When it comes to painting it’s not just about choosing the right colour! Although the colour is important your DIY job will be much easier with the right tools, preparation, and painting techniques. Steve Dolphin one of Ranges First Nationals Sales Consultants has 50 years’ experience as a qualified painter and is willing to share his top tricks and tips to help ensure your next painting project is a success!

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01-Jun-2018

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Jane Mortimer

Is Your Next DIY Project Painting?

When it comes to painting it’s not just about choosing the right colour! Although the colour is important your DIY job will be much easier with the right tools, preparation, and painting techniques. Steve Dolphin one of Ranges First Nationals Sales Consultants has 50 years’ experience as a qualified painter and is willing to share his top tricks and tips to help ensure your next painting project is a success!

Step 1: Your painting area

It’s important that you work out exactly what areas you’re going to paint, the whole house, lounge room, bathroom, ceilings only? By planning this you will then be able to determine how much paint is required. There are some very useful tools out now that can help with this like an online paint calculator. Steve recommends using https://www.dulux.com.au/paint-calculator. “Or you could do it the ‘Old School’ way and it’s just simple math,” said Steve.
You will then need to decide on the type of paint – There is more than one you might be asking?!? It’s all about the sheen level for the space you are painting and what would best suit – Flat, Low-Sheen, Satin, Semi-Gloss or High-Gloss suit different features you might be painting like architraves or cornice or ceiling, it also might be affected by the type of light in the room…

Step 2: Choose your materials

Choosing the right tools for the job is very important – it also helps if you spend that little bit extra and buy quality tools and materials as you will more than likely have a bigger impact on your entire painting experience and overall finish.
“Investing in quality products, you will find the application process easier.” Said Steve.

Step 3: Select the right brushes and rollers

Paint brushes and rollers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes nowadays, but choosing the right one all depends on what exactly you are painting.
For example, you can get smaller brushes that can be used on architraves, door/window frames, and are handy for touch-ups; medium brushes are great for skirtings, or cornice work and the larger brushes or rollers would be used for walls and ceilings or even on the external weatherboards/cladding of the home.
“Additionally, if the area you are painting is large and open there is a variety of paint guns that you can use to spray the area, just make sure to do your prep beforehand.” Said, Steve.

Step 4: Your DIY toolkit for foolproof preparation

As Steve said to us “Preparation can be pretty tiresome, but it’s the most crucial step, and easy with the right tools!”
You want to start painting with clean, undamaged surfaces, and you will find you’ll get a better result, Steve recommends using ‘sugar soap’ to wash down the area you will be painting. Your surface may have small holes from pictures or a dint or hole here or there, use filler for small holes, dints or cracks or gap sealant where needed. Remember once you have filled and sealed your surface it’s always a good idea to use sandpaper and sanding block to lightly sand the surface, then dust off.
The last preparation step is normally to tape up your painting area, covering any items you don’t want to accidentally spill paint on like furniture or flooring! Steve also recommends the following; paint tin opener, stirring stick, roller extension handle, a roller tray, brushes and rollers of course and a bucket for your clean up.

Step 5: Painting techniques

So you’re ready to paint! “start with the ceiling”, said Steve. This ensures any little ‘oops’ moments of dripped paint will be covered when you paint your walls.
It’s important to ‘cut in’, use a medium brush to paint the edges of your area and where a roller may not be able to reach…
“Be generous” Says Steve. “By applying a thick and even first coat you will avoid any patches once dry.” Always start your second coat from the same position as your first, continuing the same pattern just with a little less pressure and coverage.

Step 6: What to do between coats

Don’t bother about washing brushes for a 2-hour dry time! “Wrap your brush or roller in plastic cling film,” said Steve, “the brush and roller can last up to about 4 hours like this and saves a lot of washing of brushes and rollers. Also, make sure to cover your tray and paint pot and keep it out of the sun”.

Step 7: Clean up

When it comes to cleaning your brush or roller and even your paint tray you might find it a little tricky to get some of the dried paint off your tools! A nail brush or wire brush works a treat to clean away any dried paint!

Bonus Tip!

Remember it’s a DIY! You’re not a professional so give it a go and if it doesn’t work out or you choose the wrong colour, it’s just another tin of paint and some time! “Don’t over think it, and take your time – it’s not the Block” Said Steve.

Hopefully, you find some of the above useful and best of luck with your next DIY paint job, if you need help Steve is always up for a chat about some extra tips or advice, so feel free to give him a call with any painting or real estate calls! 0412 996 609