Dawn Piercy Painter & Decorator

Expert Tips

The secrets to perfectly preparing your house for painting

So, you’ve decided to paint the walls of your home. You might be tempted to start slapping paint on straight away, but any experienced painting professional will tell you that the key to a long-lasting painting finish is great surface preparation.

Here are 7 essential steps for a professional-looking paint finish:

  1. Move your furniture - either to the centre of your room, or out of the room completely. This is so you can see exactly what needs to be done.
  2. Apply masking tape to the area where your wall meets the skirting board and where your wall meets the ceiling. Then cover your floors with drop cloths or plastic.
  3. Remove light fixtures, curtains & rods, and outlet covers - you could mask these areas off but removing them will give a more professional finish.
  4. Clean your walls with sugar soap - this helps the paint to stick better. A clean surface also stops stains and marks showing through the new paint. Once you’ve cleaned the wall, make sure it’s completely dry by wiping it over with a clean cloth.
  5. Scrape cracked or bubbling paint off the walls - use a paint scraper to remove any flaky and cracked paint from the wall. Always wear safety goggles and wear a dust mask. You will also need a ladder to reach the high spots.
  6. Fill any cracks - use a gap filler for walls to fill any cracks in the wall. For the best result, overfill the cracks. When the filler is dry, sand the wall until it’s smooth. Don’t forget your goggles and mask.
  7. Seal any corner gaps - use a multi-purpose gap sealer and a caulking gun to fill the gaps in the corners of the walls. Wipe off any excess with a damp cloth.

Now you are ready to paint your walls.

If you don’t have the time or patience to follow these steps, then call your local painting professional. They have the experience and equipment to complete the job quickly and easily.

When choosing paint for your home, cheap isn’t always cheerful

When getting quotes for your painting project, always check what type of paint is included in the quote.  For example, there’s a huge difference between high-quality and cheap paints.

Cheaper paints look fine when going on the walls wet, but by the time the paint is dry, the difference in quality and coverage is very noticeable. Invest in high-quality paint and an experienced painter and your paint job will last much longer.

5 added benefits of using high-quality, premium paint

  1. Easier to apply - High quality paint is easier to apply so it won’t take as long for you painter to complete the job. This is because the paint contains finer pigment particles which provide a smoother coverage and hide imperfections.
  2. Durable - Premium paint contains better resins (also known as binders). This is what makes it stick to surfaces, making it more durable and longer lasting.
  3. Fewer coats required - Premium paint contains thickening additives to help it provide an evenly coated brush or roller stroke. Cheap paints are thinner and so need more coats to achieve the desired coverage.
  4. Easier to keep clean - High quality paints are designed to resist dirt, grime and other signs of wear and tear. Cheap paints contain more solvents which make them harder to clean.
  5. Longer lasting – an interior paint job can last from 5 to 10 years, depending on the quality of the paint you choose. The higher quality the paint, the longer it will last, so you won’t find yourself repainting as often.

Paint your timber window frames and protect them from water damage

As well as looking great – a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of your home will also protect it from weather damage – in particular your timber window frames. Water is your timber window’s biggest threat and cracked and peeling paint is the ideal environment for water to seep through.

This can lead to swelling, rot and mould growth and the whole window frame may have to be replaced.

The best way to avoid this scenario is to act before the paint starts to flake and peel. Check your paintwork regularly and at the first signs of deterioration call your local painting expert. Taking action early will also save money as the longer you leave it, more preparation work will be needed and the job will take much longer.

A pain in the neck

DIY painting can be a pain in the neck – quite literally when it comes to ceilings! It can also be dangerous as you are trying paint with a steady hand while balanced on a ladder. A simple way to avoid painting pain is to get someone else to do it! A professional painter knows how to best reach tricky areas and have the tools and equipment necessary to produce perfect results.

Professional painting

It might be tempting to have a go at painting yourself but the truth is, it’s really easy to do a not-so-good paint job. A professional painter will do thorough prep work and complete a high-quality job faster than you could, and with less mess.

Boost the value of your home

One of the most cost-effective ways to improve the look and value of your home is a fresh coat of paint. When people move into a new home they like to stamp their personality on it, so painting in neutral, modern colours will update your home, giving potential buyers the blank canvas they’re looking for.

Increase your street appeal

Whether you’re selling your home or simply want to give it a facelift, painting the front exterior can make a huge difference. Paint is an extremely powerful and cost-effective renovation tool. You can instantly modernise and refresh the exterior of a tired old property with a coat of paint in a neutral, traditional or contemporary colour scheme. It’s a simple way of increasing street appeal and making a great first impression.

Don’t wait to paint 

Any professional painter and decorator will tell you that the key to a long-lasting paint finish is in the preparation. This includes scraping away any loose paint, and filling and sanding any holes or defects. So, it’s best not to wait until paint starts to flake and peel before you call someone to repaint your home. The longer you leave it, the more preparation work will be required and the job will take much longer.