The appearance of a beautiful house starts with skilled paintwork. It’s by far the cheapest way to give your house a complete make-over! Before starting the paintwork it would be clever if you’re going to read in advance about the preparations, the painting techniques, the selection of colors, the trends an de finishing touch. Every room in your house can be painted and using the proper tools the job will be finished in no time!
- scrapers or chisels
- painter tape
- liquid timber/wood-fill
- ammonia water
- putty paint
- putty knife
- brushes or rollers
The preparation for inside as well as outside paint work
If you intend to start filling or to paint a window, a door or a cupboard, you ought to this in a sensible way, namely first of all you’ve got to remove all handles, locks and other hardware. If restoration of rotten wood should be carried out, you should start removing the rotten wood till you touch the healthy wood and you’ll have to fill up the hole with liquid timber (wood fill). Loosened topcoats of old paint you should remove by means of a paint scraper. The next step to guarantee a solid adhesive of the new paint is the necessity to degrease old paint layers as well as to scour the wooden surface. Before going to scour with waterproof sandpaper nr. 250, you’ll first have to use ammonia water to degrease the underlay. Also pay attention to wear goggles as well as overalls to protect yourself against dust, dirt and ammonia fumes. Surfaces which don’t need to be painted, like window frames, doorposts, sockets etc. can be covered with painters cover up tape. Don’t forget to remove the tape immediately after having painted, otherwise you’ll lose a lot of time removing all the tape- and glue remainders. Finally make the room, in which you’re going to work, dust free. After the preparations have been finished, usually first the primer is being applied and shortly after that the filling will take place, although some producers of filler advice another sequence. So please first read the instructions to use, before you start working right away! Use a white primer before you’re going to repaint using light colors and use a gray primer before repainting in dark colors, but beware of doing this too thick! For every filler job it’s necessary to apply a different kind of filler. Holes and cracks in stone walls , aerated concrete, sand-lime brick, plaster board, concrete (all for use indoors) Red band or Gold band. Holes and cracks in walls , concrete and sand-lime brick (all for use outdoors) mortar plastering. Put some filler on a broad trowel and then smear this with a tight movement all over the area to be filled . You’ll have to remove superfluous filler at once. Let it dry and if necessary you could still apply an extra layer. Finally you should lightly scour up the filled part.
By first measuring the room which has to be painted (LxBxH), you consequently know the amount of paint you’ll need. For the indoor paintwork you may choose between acryl paint and alkyd paint. Alkyd paint is mainly used by professional painters and it produces a nicer result as acryl paint, but it can only be diluted with white spirit, which means that it isn’t only damaging the environment, but it also causes more stench. So the choice is totally up to you! Paint appears in all kinds of colors, high- and silk gloss or without gloss. Dependent on the type the paint has to be applied twice to achieve a perfect coverage. A handy tip is to make a few holes in the cover of the paint pot and let the paint go dripping into the paint tray through these holes. This way you’ll be able to dose the amount of paint you want to use more easily.. For covering and transparent enamels, stains, and acryl paints it’s quite skillful to use a short-haired mohair roller. To be able to adequately paint the angles as well as the narrow places, a brush is more suitable. To prevent that part of the hairs of the brush remain on the painted walls, it’s sensible to purchase brushes provided with mohair of good quality. Start with painting the windows and the doors and while doing so, work upside down as much as possible. When the paintwork is being interrupted for a short while, it’s sufficient to leave the brush and the roller in the paint tray or to put them in a bucket with clean water. When the paintwork has been finished (finally or for the day) the brush and the roller ought to be cleaned thoroughly by first rubbing them against metal wired gauze and then by rinsing them off with a special brush cleaner. You ought to bring the remaining paint-rests to a center, where they are specialized in destroying chemical waste. After the tools have been cleaned, they are both going to be packed into hermetic closed sacks, or the brushes could be hanged down with the hairs pointing to the ground. The paint boxes have to be hermetically sealed.
For paintwork at the outside of your house you’ll have to use professional outdoor paint (made by Sigma or Sikkens) especially produced for painting exterior window- and doorframes, as well as stain or wood-oil for the proper long time treatment of garden timber etc. In principle the preparations are the same as those which apply to the indoor paintwork, though you’ll have to take the influences of the weather into account and as a consequence you should catch up on the maintenance of the paintwork every three to five years.