So you’ve just moved into your new home, congratulations! Whether you decide to live in said home or rent it out you’ll probably want to renovate the space.
After selecting your ideal home style and searched the web for some modern furniture. It’s time you actually put in the work and add a fresh coat of paint!
If you don’t have painting experience and it’s your first home painting job / DIY project right off the bat, we immediately recommend hiring a professional painter. Your home is a long-term investment, any subpar paint job will just require more repairs and re-applications in the future and that can be costly.
Professionals also save you time. What you could finish in a day they can get done in a few hours while doing it safely.
Think of it this way: you get a doctor to consult on your health and an accountant to do your taxes. We hire professionals for their time and experience.
If you do it well the first time, it will maintain it’s quality longer.
Still need convincing? Here’s a list we compiled on the steps it takes to paint the interior or exterior of any home and when you should hire a professional when the going get’s tough.
1. How big is the project?
Before conducting the paint job yourself consider the scale of the home. Are you merely painting the master bedroom or a multi-storeyed townhouse? Is your home a small bungalow or a mansion? Painting needs prep work and depending on the scale you might need to hire more hands.
2. Moving the furniture.
If you have any couches, tables, chair, mirrors, wall hangings and other items inside the room it needs to go. The windows need to be closed and or if shutters cannot be removed, then covered.
Professional painting services help lift your heavy furniture while making sure they are well-covered and paint-free while they work.
3. Protect yourself.
Paint gets everywhere make sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting ruined. Use a face mask and wear goggles if there is sanding involved.
4. Before you paint clean the walls.
Dust and dirt can easily ruin a great paint job. Make sure they are clean by wiping the areas with a rag soaked in a laundry detergent and water mixture.
5. While cleaning the walls look for cracks and flaws.
Paint doesn’t adhere well to rough surfaces so sand and scrap flaking paint as needed. Some professional painters bring their own electric sander for a quick and easy job.
6. Painting door frames? Check for rotten wood or siding.
Paint won’t stick to deteriorating material. You could replace the wood trim or use a wood harder or filler. Prep and sand them first before painting.
7.Tape it up, tarp it down.
Paint can get everywhere and drips are inevitable. Protect light fixtures and window frames by using tin foil and painting tape. Lay down a tarp to keep your flooring and carpet clean.
8. Tools, tools, tools.
Here’s a list of what you may need to paint your home: sander, putty knife, caulk, paint cans, rollers, buckets, stirrers, painter’s tape and brushes.
it’s best to own some of these in case of repairs and re-application. With professional painters there’s no need to buy so much tools for something you might use once every few years.
They bring the appropriate residential or commercial painting equipment best suited to the project.
9. Buy the right paint.
Not all oil paints are created the same. Whether it be weatherproof or color vibrant paint you’ll want it to last for many years. Check with your local hardware store.
10. Paint with care and clean up.
When painting start at the highest point then work your way down the room. Always seal your paints properly to keep the paint from drying.
After the work is done don’t clean oil paints in the bathroom or the kitchen, clean them in a plastic bucket or disposable containers filled with laundry detergent and water.
Use paint thinner to clean the brushes. When disposing empty paint cans add some newspaper or sand to soak up the remains.
11. Experts do it best.
Any painter knows that dry weather is the perfect time to paint or that combining multiple cans of paint into one container will ensure a uniform color throughout the area. They also know the perfect palette for your home, know how much 1 gallon of paint covers and know when primers and sealers are appropriate.
They also have excellent workmanship that makes your home look like a hotel. They’re also the safest choice as they’re used to climbing ladders and keeping hazardous substances materials away from your family.
We trust that you can paint your fence or your front door with no problems but for far more complicated jobs success lies in hiring professional help. A great paint job can last 5 to 10 years given the type of environment, material and condition of the work.
Get an estimate from painters in your area, check their credentials and ask the painter what they need from you. This helps narrowing down your role in the project, estimate the cost and compare which company is the best for you.
Dupaint is the #1 trusted residential, commercial and industrial painting company in Sydney, NSW and member of the Master Painters of Australia.
They are a family-owned and operated business and are Dulux and Taubmans Certified Painters.
They carry full insurance, public liability and workers compensation for your peace of mind.
Their core services include oil, acrylic and aquanamel paints, interior and exterior work, wood treatment, texture coating, spraying and high pressure water cleaning.
Get a FREE quote from Dupaint today! Click the link here or call 1300-433-986.