Painting is an excellent way to transform an entire room in a short amount of time. We have years of experience behind us, and to help you avoid any blunders we’ve put together this application guide so you get a high quality paint finish, every time.
1. Use the right paint.
This is the first, and most important step. It can be tempting to try to use the rest of whatever tin you find in the back of the cupboard, but using the wrong paint is a sure way to end up with a bad finish.
A little research will go a long way when it comes to choosing a paint finish. There are endless types of paint available, primers, emulsions, masonry paint, wood paint, metal paint, floor paint, the list goes on. For more information on choosing the right finish paint check our guide.
Hand holding brush painting timber wall
2. Use the right tools.
People say a bad workman always blames his tools, but when it comes to painting using the wrong tools really can spoil the whole job. Good quality brushes make a huge difference and are an investment worth making when it comes to achieving that elusive, high quality paint finish.
Once you’ve invested in the right tools you should make an effort to look after them, as this will affect their life span massively. Make sure you clean them off, with the correct cleaning fluid, after each use. Solvent based paints, for example, need to be cleaned off with a specialist brush cleaner or turpentine substitute. It can be a bit more effort, but it means your brushes will be in perfect condition the next time you need them.
3. Stir your paint thoroughly
Paint needs to be stirred properly before use, especially if it has been stood around for a period of time. You should stir gently for about 5 minutes, ensure you aren’t too vigorous as this can create air bubbles.
Also, if you are planning on using 2 pots of the same colour it can be a good idea to mix these together at the start. There can be subtle differences in the shades, especially if you have bought the pots at different times. Combining both the colours together means you will be using the exact same colour the whole way through, ensuring you manage a high quality paint finish.
4. Keep it moving
Once you’ve completed the prep you’re ready for the hard part: the painting. Achieving a high quality finish can sometimes be difficult, but one of the best ways to manage this is to paint your wall in one go, without letting it dry.
Complete one wall at a time, moving from one side to the other in one session. Try not to stop for coffee breaks, or to answer the door half way through a wall, as this can give part of the paint a chance to dry, which can lead to a patchy finish when you come to the next layer.