Painting – Anyone can do it !! This, as professional painters, is what we hear from customers who have attempted to repaint their own homes. We often get called in to rectify mistakes from people who have thought it was easy just to slap a bit of paint on the wall and walk away but painting is a trade just like any other that needs a considerable amount of experience and knowledge, often completing an apprenticeship or 4 years full-time experience in carrying out painting work.
As a registered painting company ourselves, we advise anyone that is looking at having painting work done over the value of $1000.00 to check your contractor is registered with the Building Commission. You can do this by visiting the website where all currently registered practitioners are listed. Their registration number should be displayed on their signage and in advertising material. This registration covers you as the client if a dispute arises.
To check if a painter is registered and for further information, visit the Building Commission website: www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au
As mentioned above some of us just go along to the local DIY store and buy paint and a painting brush and away we go painting the room but preparation is the key to getting the right finish. Clearing the area to be painted or covering up your precious items is first on the list. Having completed many Residential & Display homes, our preparation for walls and ceilings, doors and frames can sometimes take days.
We fill every dent, hole or wall imperfection we see. If the area is not well lit, then additional lighting is held against the walls to show up any irregularities. Once completed the surfaces are sanded smooth, and excess dust removed. The walls are sealed and inspected again, just in case we may have missed any small spots.
Next, use painter’s tape to go around any edges of the room you do not wish to paint to create a straight edge for your paint especially if you do not have a steady hand. Place it along skirting boards, door frames, window frames, plug sockets and light switches. Once all the preparation is completed, and the areas are clean, its now time to start the best bit – Painting.
If you do nothing else, please stir your paint before you start. Tins of Paint can be left sitting on shelves for some time, and the colour can separate, so mix well. Make sure you have all the right equipment, trays, rollers, brushes and a few rags just in case you drip or spill.
An angled brush will help you cut in around the edges of the room, once completed pour your paint into the tray then roll back and forth in the roller tray to get an even coat of color around the roller. Paint the wall using either a W or M technique, starting a roller’s width out from the edge of the wall, and rolling from mid-height towards the ceiling, and then down towards the skirting. After completing half the wall, go back over the painted surface to remove any track marks or excess paint. Continue and repeat.
The first coat of paint may not cover that well, leave to dry for at least 2 hours then repeat the process. Most walls will require 2/3 coats of paint depending on colour. Once completed remove the masking tape carefully, wash and dry all the equipment thoroughly and store away for the next job. Now sit back and enjoy your handy work.
If you feel you would rather have a Professional painter to complete your project, then call Discovery Painting (08 9303 2638) for a free no obligation quote. Look at our past jobs on the website and feel confident we are the right people for your home renovation.