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The bitter part of this winter is almost over. The summer months will rollover within a short time. Summers are the ideal time to redecorate homes. If the truth is to be told, interior painting is not so much pain, provided you get into waters with little planning and preparation.
Professional painters and decorators in London share some interesting and helpful tips in the following sections of this blog post for those, who are totally clueless about the task. Read on to know how to make the DIY job easier and more effective.
Start with picking paint
In order to paint a room properly, you have to start choosing a colour carefully.
Gathering paint testers: Invest effort and time to gather as many paint testers as you can. Remember the factors that change the appearance of a colour.
Testing in light
Place the testers on every wall that you are planning to paint in broad daylight. Watch how the colour keeps changing. The colours are bound to appear different in natural and artificial lights. Take this fact into consideration while painting rooms that get different volumes of natural light.
Try your paint samples on paper under light
Once short-listing is done, paint two coats of each colour on an A4 size page. Note how the colours appear different when seen in light after being fully dried.
Concentrate on finishing
Paints with matte finish absorb light and appear darker while glossy ones reflect light and appear brighter. As far as interior walls are considered, matte finish paints are ideal to hide flaws and imperfections. But on the negative aspect, they get stained easily and prove difficult to clean. However, its easy-clean versions have come out in the market recently. If you choose something glossy, frequent cleaning to clear stains may give it a dull appearance pretty soon. Moreover, while hiding imperfections of a wall with a glossy shade require a lot of preparations for the perfect finish.
Consider colour for the ceiling
Ceilings need not be white. If you have not chosen too dark shade for the walls, then you can paint the ceiling in that same colour. But if you have a dark shade on the walls, paint the ceiling with a light shade.
Paint ingredients have to be considered too
Wall paints that are water or latex base dry faster. You can also clean them up easily with just water. Additionally they have less fumes. Alternatively you can use oil-based paints, which are more long-lasting and ideal for high traffic areas.
Select your brand carefully
When choosing brands for your wall paint, you should remember a simple rule of the thumb. The costlier brand you choose the better it is for the wall and better is the output. On the other hand, cheap-quality paint needs more coats, nor they give you an impressive finish. For interior walls this factor can make a big difference. Premium brands of wall paints have standard price of around £39 for a 2.5 litres tin. Budget-friendly paints cost around £13 for a 2.5 litres tin.
VOC and eco-friendly paints
Harmful chemicals and fumes present in paints are a major concern specially when painting a nursery of your child’s room. Consider using VOC or volatile organic compounds and other ranges of eco-friendly paints. They cost you slightly more and just offer standard coverage.
While painting your home, you have to select the right tools to make your task easier and faster. Remember that paint brushes are always more complex to use than they appear. If you have a water-based paint, use brushes with synthetic bristles. Synthetic bristles absorb no water and there are no track marks on the painted surface. Alternatively if you use solvent-based paints use brushes with natural bristles to get smooth finish effortlessly. There is another variety of paint brush, which combines both natural and synthetic bristles. This is ideal for all varieties of paints.
The right brush size
You need a brush of the right size to make your task smooth and fun. Brushes ranging from 100 to 150 mm in size are ideal for walls whereas brushes of 25 mm size are best for painting delicate zones like window frames and trims.
Different brush shapes are designed for different types of jobs involved in painting. The angle sash brush is helpful to paint corners and other areas that are difficult to reach. No-loss – on the other hand – is another variety of brush that has its bristles tied together. As no strands get loose, the brush sticks in the paint providing good finishing to the walls.
Cleaning the brushes
Make sure to clean the brushes properly after every use. You clean them in white spirit and soapy water to keep them fit for next use. Once you allow a brush to dry without cleaning, the paint gums up on the bristles making the tool unfit for further use.
To paint the interior walls you have to choose a paint roller from an array of 3 varieties. The varieties are categorised according to pile length – long, medium and short. Each of the varieties is meant for walls with different texture. Long pile is meant to use on textured surfaces, the medium one for smooth textures while the short one is suited for fine and flat surfaces.
Use of roller extension pole
A roller extension pole is required while painting a ceiling. Standing on a ladder just makes the task more difficult and exhausting. If your ceilings are high up the need of a roller extension pole is even more crucial.
Miscellaneous tools you require
In addition to the tools discussed above, you need the following miscellaneous tools too:
- Tray covers and roller trays to pour the paint into
- Putty knife, fine grit sandpaper and a damp rag to clean the walls with
Technically sound and experienced interior painters and decorators associated with the Paint Works London share the tips discussed above. Stick to these tips to make the most out of minimal effort. Furthermore, they suggest moving all furniture from the room before painting. If you cannot move them somewhere else, cover them with drop clothes to protect them from drop paints.