Good quality paintWhen painting a surface, we must follow some very important rules, so that at the end of the process the painting will present a high quality and it will last for a long time.
Take the following advice the next time you paint and you will achieve a much better and effective result.
1 – You should always paint in two or three thin coats successively and according to the instructions of the paint manufacturer, which will always produce a better final result than a single thick coat of paint, which will dry with difficulty and leave spots more quickly.
2 - Take into account the paint coverage capability. A paint that might seem to be expensive at a first glance, but which provides an excellent coverage, will become more economical than a cheap paint that has less effective coverage.
3 – Be careful of flaws in the surface you want to paint, such as cracks, holes, drips, etc. Properly repair them with a suitable putty before starting to apply a paint scheme.
4 – Surfaces painted with a glossy paint reflect the light in a strong way, for this reason all small irregularities and flaws of the wall will become more visible. So, if you have a wall with flaws and irregularities you should avoid using a paint with a high level of gloss. To solve this, opt for the application of a matte paint.
5 – If you still choose to paint a wall with a glossy paint, first paint the surface with one or two coats of matte paint, so you can expect the results to be much better.
6 – The use of a primer sealant prior to painting will help close the pores of the wall and prevent large amounts of paint from being wasted. In other words, there will be a lower absorption of paint by the wall, resulting in a higher efficiency of the finishing paint.
7 – To paint masonry walls (plaster, brick, etc.), mainly the external ones, use acrylic paints, which are more durable and resistant to rain, sun and bad weather. If the house is in an area of great deterioration, pollution, in a sea area, etc., use a 100% acrylic paint.
8 – Mix the paint very well before starting to paint by stirring it with a handle of an old broom, and repeat it while working.
9 – Before painting, isolate the whole area, floor, furniture, baseboards, doors and windows, etc. this action will help you to protect these areas and not have additional work in the end. You can do this with plastic, newspapers, cardboard, etc.
10 – In the scenario that you drop paint on the floor, furniture, etc. while you are painting, immediately remove stains with a damp cloth. If you let the paint dry out, it will be much more difficult to remove it.
11 – Dust is a great enemy of any paint job. Inside the house, avoid drafts and clean the floor to prevent dust from rising. Outdoors, try and work on windless days, as dust and insects may stick to the paint.
12 – If you are painting a room that is dark, the best choice would be to paint it with a light colour, so it will look much better.
13 – If the room has big dimensions, avoid painting the ceiling with a dark colour, otherwise the room will appear to be smaller. On the other hand, if the room has small dimensions and the ceiling has been painted with a lighter colour than the walls, the room will look taller.
14 – If you have moisture on the walls, you won't solve the problem by applying a coat of paint over the humidity. You should first determine the source of the problems and ask a professional to fix them as soon as possible, otherwise the paint will crack again and/or crumble and produce mould and stains.