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A Complete Guide To Painting

Preparation is the key to a good end result. It not only speeds up the finishing coats, but also lays a smooth base, ensuring a fine result.

It's worth taking time to mask all windows, door frames and light switches, etc, before you start painting - it will provide nice sharp lines and means you won't get paint on these areas.
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New Surfaces

Even new surfaces need to be sanded smooth and then dusted off. Prime raw timber surfaces with a primer product before repairing any nicks with timber filler. Check the plaster and plasterboard for any nail depressions or cracks, and fill these with interior filler, overfilling so you can sand it back to a smooth, even finish. Then apply an undercoat like Dulux Undercoat and Wallboard Sealer. Dulux Mouldshield is good to use in an area prone to dampness.

Painted Surfaces in Good Condition

If there is no flaking or peeling, wash the surface down well with sugar soap to remove dirt, grease and smoke stains. If there's any mould use sugar soap, then treat with an anti-mould preparation. Check for any cracks and fill with interior filler. Overfill, then sand to an even finish. If the existing surface is an enamel paint, sand thoroughly to remove gloss. Now undercoat.

Painted Surfaces in Poor Condition

Scrape away flakes and blisters and then smooth edges with sandpaper. Touch up bare areas with an undercoat or primer. Use a heat gun (but not around windows or you will break the glass) or chemical paint stripper to soften the old paint, then scrape with a scraping blade. Really bad surfaces should be scraped right back to a bare surface. Apply an undercoat to the bare surface.

Tape Test - If you're unsure just how bad the old surface is, use the tape test. Scratch the paint and press on a small piece of masking tape, then rip it off. If paint comes off with the tape, the surface should be stripped back.

Success in home painting and decoration will depend on the skills, techniques, planning and preparation of the painter as well as the high quality of the paint materials used to accomplish the job. A beautifully painted and decorated home is something that every homeowner cherishes to achieve. If you are planning to have a house remodeling, it is very helpful to be acquainted with the basics of painting and decoration.
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Which type of paint will you prefer? Water based paint is the type of paint which is eco-friendly, easy to apply and highly durable. Knowing the steps to prepare and paint as well as selecting paint color mixes and finishes are relevant and important. Learning the technical properties of the materials and surfaces to be painted and decorated are vital to the success of a project. Being aware of painting and decoration trends is also essential. The art of decorating is very important and complex. You have to formulate your overall conceptual theme. No matter what type of painting designs you use, whether modern or the other styles, you have to undergo a design process.

Planning is very crucial. One's taste is different from another and as the one in charge; you have to accept the challenge. When it comes to your painting and decorating project, you have to access whatever knowledge you can acquire from various sources. Seek information guides in the internet on all issues about the best paint products and their decorative effects.

The trend now is to choose new paint products which are water based but contain the durable and sturdy qualities of solvent based paints. Your choice of paint colors will determine the motif and effect, the ambiance you want to create and the impression you want to instill. Colors symbolize different sense of emotions and feelings. White creates an atmosphere of cleanliness and coziness. Colors of blue and green are associated with coolness. Yellow, orange and red evoke feelings of warmth and radiance.

In selecting your mix and match colors, using the color wheel or a software designer online can be of big help. In your decoration scheme, you can consider either glossy or matte finish. Choosing a shade of yellow with a combination of white can work wonders for your interior wall paint. Glossy finish in yellow and white shade can be perfect to your kitchen and cupboard doors. Other ideas to consider are the use of high quality water based metallic paints in gold and silver with white stripes. This combination projects an air of luxury and modern style. Another eye-catching set up is the use of brilliant white and stenciling small circle dots of red to form circles of design on the wall. Various paints with "special effects" are flooding the market giving various finishes such as wood graining, stippling, combing, glazing, sponging, etc. They are beautiful and give a touch of elegance, richness and sophistication.

You have to know the basics to make your project a success. In doing the exterior painting, surface preparation, the right paint, the appropriate tools and good weather are vital. Adverse weather condition can compromise the long term quality and behavior of the total paint work. Mild temperature condition should be the right time to do it.

Most people want to save on the professional painter's fee and do the work themselves. Undertaking the project yourself gives one the freedom to be creative, innovative and artistic. Whether you make it a DIY project or you decide to hire the services of a qualified and experienced painter- designer, all the elements have to be given its appropriate weight. Your other interior decors such as existing furniture, fixtures, accents, lighting, curtains, rugs, carpets, wall frames and art paintings have to complement your choice of paints and design. As with any successful painting and decoration project, the key is sufficient planning and preparation.

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