Cardinal Rules For Painting

You've decided to paint your home, but did you know that painting a room is not just about choosing a color? To the contrary picking a color is probably the simplest thing on your list for now. Here's a few time tested tips to make painting your home easier while helping you avoid common pitfalls, plus you'll get a perfect paint job that will last you for years to come.

Advantage Paint

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Gloss vs matte, what's the advantage?

When the label on a paint says matte or gloss it's not just for the visual effect of the paint. In fact the type of finish should be taken into consideration for its advantages and pitfalls too. Glossy paints are extremely easy to clean and repair but can highlight imperfections, while matte paint will hide imperfections in the wall but is easily damaged. Glossy paint is a good choice in high traffic areas like corridors or children's rooms because hand prints and scribbles can be easily cleaned off.

Sample It

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Always buy a small sample of paint

Paint manufacturers now offer a sample sized can for different colors and paint finishes. This is a great way to try out a color without depending on a stamp sized swatch out of a color card. You'll be able to see the color on the wall in the exact setting of the room it's meant for and this will help you get the color right in the first try.

Cost = Area + Process

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The cost of painting depends on many factors

The amount of paint, labour and time required is as much about the size of the room to be painted as the finish you decide to paint, how intense you want the final effect to be, the texture of the wall, etc. All these aspects will determine the cost of the paint job. For example, textured walls will consume more paint than smooth finished ones, while different paint finishes will consume more time as they are labour intensive.

Prep Is Paramount

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Repair cracks in walls before painting begins

Prep your home before the paint job begins to prevent damage caused by paint spatter and the process of painting itself. Do check out our post  The painting prep list- Before you start to get you going in the right direction. Also, ensure that the painting crew preps the walls to be painted adequately by brushing them clean and repairing cracks etc., to ensure a fabulous final result.

Color Clash

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A stirrer is used to mix a batch of paint

The custom mixed paint that you adore may come from a machine linked up to a hi-tech computer but different batches can still vary slightly. If you run short or are using batches bought at different times, mix all of the paint into one large batch before you let the paint crew apply it to the walls to prevent two different shades of paint on one wall!

Primer Points

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Apply the right primer

Painting the walls with the correct primer meant for the paint finish you decide on is important because it helps the paint to adhere to the surface of the wall and ensures an accurate finish when done. Primer provides a good quality, even finish in the final result because it seals the wall and makes a smooth base for the paint.

Brushstroke Begone

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Use a roller to prevent visible brushstrokes

 To prevent ugly haphazard brushstrokes from being visible, paint is applied by brush along surfaces, corners and edges of a wall and then rolled over with a paint roller for an even and neat finish. Insist that the paint crew follow this method so walls will have no visible texture from the application of paint with a brush.

Equipment Management

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Painting equipment should be neatly stored and clean

Paint brushes used for a dark red paint being reused to apply pristine white is a recipe for disaster. You may contaminate the entire can of white paint with a brush that is not cleaned properly post applying a ruby red gloss. Insist that the paint crew set-up a staging area and that equipment is cleaned or discarded as required.


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Save leftover paint in individually labelled, sealed boxes

Save leftover paint for future touch-ups. It'll save you many a trip to the paint shop in the future for when a chip or patch needs repairing. Plus, the color you chose may be discontinued, leaving you high and dry when you need a little extra paint. Put leftover paint in a small labelled container and seal with a piece of cling wrap, before shutting the can, to make an airtight seal that prevents paint from congealing.

These simple tips will give you minimum painting related pain so you can enjoy the new look of your home stress free. Happy painting!

Ranjita Bhandari

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