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Did you know that a professional painting job can transform the look and feel of your home?

Indoor painting of your home is a job you need only to do every several years, granted that you have picked a good product. Take particular care when choosing a colour. What looks good on a small swatch might be overwhelming on a complete wall. Also, keep in mind that colour alters in full light, shadow, under incandescent illumination and neon. The colour at sunrise can be somewhat different from the colour at sunset. So make double sure before making your choice.

Prepare before Painting

Preparation is crucial. With interior surfaces there is less dust and dirt on the walls than with exterior; therefore not as much time is needed for preparing the walls. However, in fully furnished houses the preparation, including the removal and rehanging of curtains can take nearly as long as the actual painting itself.

Certain areas might require special attention when interior painting is involved, like the kitchen where meals are prepared. There is often a grease accumulation in areas close to the stove and should be cleaned thoroughly before repainting.

Ceilings in bathrooms where damp lead to bleach fungal growth on the ceiling need to be cleaned properly and treated with an anti-fungal. Black marks can be eliminated with road marking paint, ahead of repainting it.

Painting Ceilings

Ceilings should in most cases be painted with a matt product as any gloss product will highlight flaws. As a ceiling isn’t a “high traffic” area it is not necessary for a high-quality paint; however, it should still be of a reasonable quality.

Gaps between the wall and the ceiling, cornice and ceiling and also around the door and window frames have to be cleaned out thoroughly, before being filled with a flexible acrylic sealer.

Painting Walls

Interior walls should typically be coated with a washable product for obvious reasons. The higher the sheen of product, the more washable and scrub-able it normally is. However, a high gloss product not only highlights all small plaster imperfections but does not give an aesthetically pleasing finish as it looks a bit like a hospital.

For high-traffic areas like hospitals, schools and day care centres, a higher shine product would be the most useful. However, for any ordinary residence a quality washable matt, mid sheen product, will be best with a low sheen pure acrylic. Low sheen pure acrylics provide the client best of both worlds: a resilient and washable finish that doesn’t highlight imperfections.

Woodwork

It is better to paint interior woodwork with an Eggshell Enamel or a Thixo-gel low sheen enamel than with a standard High Gloss coating. There are areas where a varnish product works better, specifically when you need a hard protective coating like a polyurethane varnish.

Ask the person providing the quote to go over the alternatives with you to determine what is the best option.

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