Painting Tips for Perth Homes
If you want to avoid the common pitfalls associated with a DIY painting project, follow our expert painting tips & techniques, and get professional results every time:
- Measure the wall or room
To determine the amount of paint you will require you will need to determine the approximate size of the area you intend to paint. Remember to include areas such as ceilings, skirting, doors, architraves and cornices.
- Organise your painting supplies
Depending on the surface area, and whether you are painting interior or exterior walls, your painting techniques will be much more efficient if you use the correct tools. We recommend using high-quality paintbrushes that do not shed bristles and lint-free rollers that are suited for the particular surface you need to paint.
- Choose your paint
This depends entirely on the type of surface you are painting and whether you are painting interior or exterior areas. Once you have determined your area and application, choose a high-quality, low VOC paint in your desired colour and quantity. Remember to source a suitable wood product if required.
- Prepare walls and trims
Before you proceed with the next set of painting tips, we recommend you remove all furniture and hardware from the room, and ensure that you are wearing the appropriate painting gear. Proceed to dust and clean walls with soapy water and scrape off any peeling or flaking paint with a scraper. Smooth out bumps with sandpaper and apply filler to cracks if required. Once the wall is dry, apply an appropriate primer to the surface area and apply painter’s tape to any areas you won’t be painting.
- Prepare the paint
Stir the paint and avoid using it directly from the can. You can either purchase painting trays with reusable inserts, which can be thrown away after each use, or apply our recommended painting technique, which is to pour the all of the paint into a bucket and apply it using a roller and roller screen. This way you ensure even colour coverage all round.
- Cutting corners
To achieve the perfect cut along adjoining ceilings and walls, tape your ceiling and skirting boards/carpet, window frames and doorframes, and cut using the edge of a paintbrush. Avoid leaving the tape on for too long, as this will cause the paint to dry and result in a jagged finish.
Of all the painting tips we have mentioned, the most simple and important is to ensure that your roller is free from hair and lint before you start painting. Use masking tape to remove fuzz and hair before you begin painting and remember to protect the floor with a good quality drop sheet. Now you can proceed to lightly cover the roller with paint and apply it to the wall using a ‘W’ motion. Continue running the roller over the surface without lifting to remove excess paint, feathering out the paint as you go to create a smooth finish. If you are painting woodwork, pour the required amount of paint into a bowl and dip the ends of the brush into the bowl before each application.