Top Painting Tips to Get the Job Done Right

Painting a room is one of the easiest ways to give it a makeover. It might not be the brightest room in the house or you might be living in an old apartment, but the walls instantly transform the minute they’re given a new coat. But painting your home is not as easy as it sounds. You need to determine the right shade, as well as compute the right amount of paint for a specific room.

And that’s why we’re here. Today, our crew from BJC Painting Services will be dishing out top painting tips to get the job done right. So whether you’re painting a nursery or having your home’s exterior painted, we’ve got you covered! Let’s begin.

Look for inspiration

Before you buy those cans of paint or contact our team to have your home in Brisbane or the Gold Coast painted, you have to determine the colour and shade you want. Check out architectural magazines, social networking sites, and home design sites for inspiration. If you want a trendy paint colour, then any shade of white is always a good option. Bold, rich colours are good choices, but make sure that the room has adequate lighting before painting a room blue or red. 

If you want classic colours that never go out of style, then stick to timeless beiges, creams, peaches, and yellows. Once you’ve settled on a particular colour, check a colour swatch or consult with a professional painter to zero in on a particular hue or choose a particular colour for crown mouldings, trims, and baseboards.

Prepping exterior walls

Whether you’re painting an exterior or interior wall, make sure that it is completely clean before applying paint. If you’re painting an exterior wall, then a good way to start is to get rid of dirt on the surface using a soft brush. Scrape off peeling paint using a scraper and then give it a thorough brushing once again. Dirty walls should be cleaned with water mixed with detergent, then rinsed off with clean water. It’s best to consult a builder or a local paint service provider to repair cracks first before painting them.

Prepping interior walls

Prepping interior walls is a different type of beast altogether. You have to move any furniture out of the way first and cover them with plastic to protect them from paint splatter. The floor should be covered with canvas drop cloths, while all outlets should be covered with painters’ tape after you turn the circuit breaker off. Wrap door knobs and ceiling fans in plastic to protect them, too.

If the wall is covered in wallpaper, then make sure to scrape them off first. Scrape and brush off paint that is peeling off the wall. You can apply some spackle for dings in the wall and let it dry. For larger cracks, check with your builder before you have it painted. Just like with an exterior wall, make sure that the interior wall is clean. Scrape the surface with a brush, and wipe it with a damp cloth to get rid of dirt. Let it dry.

Don't scrimp when it comes to quality

When it comes to paints or painting services, it is essential to get the best ones you can find. We know that it’s tempting to get the cheapest paints and painters just because you’re on a tight budget, but repairing a botched-up paint job is going to be more expensive in the long run. The same goes for tools like brushes, rollers, and more.

Don't forget the primer

Applying the primer to masonry, wood, or drywall is a crucial step in painting. Primers help the paint adhere to the surface longer, and it also protects concrete walls from efflorescence and other paint problems. Some brands already mix paints with primer, but you can also do it the old-fashioned way and apply a separate primer onto the surface before painting it.