Painting and decorating tips

  •  Painting is all in the preparation work. If you’re working on doors or walls which are in poor condition, take sufficient time to fill nail holes, rub down, and most importantly, caulk all the gaps in between woodwork or tile and the wall surfaces.
  •   Don’t skimp on the priming of bare substrates! Primers make the job easier and improve the finish of the job.
  •   If you’re painting large areas it may be easier to use an airless sprayer.  Commercial painters carrying out large scale jobs go for this method on a regular basis.
  •   Choose good quality brushes for the job. Purdy and Hamilton synthetic brushes make the job much easier and produce a better finish. For broard areas of doors try using a radiator roller to apply the paint then lay it off with a brush. Store oil based brushes in water to keep them overnight. Old carrier bags are a useful method for temporarily storing water based rollers and brushes after use. After cleaning the brush or roller simply place it in a bag and tie the ends. Once the job is finished clean the brushes out with water or white spirit.
  •  If you’re painting  a knotty wooden surface, Zinsser B-I-N which is made with shellac and it will seal the knots and  primes the surface.
  •  When painting frames with glass panels and don’t like cutting in, avoid getting paint on the glass by cutting lengths of white copier paper and soaking them in water. These can be  placed on the glass. They’ll stick straight to the pane and you can move them into place far easier than tape.
  •  When working from a ladder use a kettle hook to hold the paint kettle. This will let you keep 3 points of contact with the ladder, as per the HSE’s recommendations.