This is a question that is asked quite frequently by our clients or how many coats do you use on your walls? Here at Norm Wales Constructions, we don’t count the number of coats we put on your walls, our priority is to do the job correctly and that you the client are completely happy with the finish. Below are a few tips to help you out with painting.
A successful paint job starts with properly preparing the surface. This means you must, scrap, sand, patch and fill every hole, crack and surface imperfection. Use an acrylic gap sealant for cracks and gaps in areas where there may be movement, near windows and doors. Wipe walls down remove any dirt or dust as this will ruin your smooth finish. Remember you have to start with a perfectly smooth surface to end up with a perfectly painted wall.
Tape Trim, Windows and Door Frames
Apply tape to fittings which can’t be removed or any edges that maybe difficult to paint around. Be sure to use painters’ blue tape which can be applied up to a week ahead. Run a putty knife over the top to press down the tape for a good seal. Remove tape immediately after painting, before the wall dries, so you don’t peel off any paint with it.
Prime The Walls
It’s a bit of a myth that walls that have been painted don’t need to be primed. In fact, this helps maximize the sheen and coverage of paint and gives the finish coat a more uniform appearance. Even use the same colour primer as the wall colour, this will give you a much better coverage as well. Primer serves three main functions. The first blocks stains from bleeding through. The second helps with coverage for the first coat. The third and most important it improves the paint adhesion, which greatly reduces blisters and peeling.
Brush Where You Can’t Roll
Brush around trims and in corners of walls, where your roller can’t reach. Paint out about 50mm to 75mm from the edge of the window and edge trims and corners. On new plasterboard surfaces, most painters spray the walls and dry roll the freshly painted surface to give the walls a soft texture. When you are rolling start with the top half of the wall, so that drips fall on unpainted areas. Also start in the corners and work small areas. Now with all this in mind all you have to do is choose the colours.