- Quick FAQ's
(MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & TIPS)
“SHOULD I BUY THE CHEAP BRUSH OR THE MORE EXPENSIVE”?
If you are going to try and tackle some painting and there is brushing involved like anything else spend as much as you can on your brushes to ensure that your application is going to flow smoothly and build opacity. We recommend Monarch Advance tapered filament brushers for all oils and acrylics.
“WHY DO I HAVE TINY HAIRS IN MY PAINT”?
Cheaper rollers are usually made of lesser grade synthetics and can often leave a trail of destruction. To eliminate all those little annoying hairs that sometimes appear on your wall after rolling, try and use microfiber or Dacron sleeved rollers. Using a 10 – 12 mm nap the pattern is much denser which will give you a much more desirable finish rather than some of the cheaper products out there.
“WHY DO I HAVE DRY MARKS IN MY WALLS”?
Never try to paint over an area that is partially dried, as the brush will leave marks on the surface. If you see a run in wet paint, act immediately with light, even strokes.
“WHY DO DOORS STICK SO EASY”?
Paint exterior doors and windows first thing in the day, then prop them open to dry. They should be ready to safely close by nightfall.
“HOW DO I REPAINT OVER MOULD AND REDUCE IN FUTURE”?
To reduce mould problems use paints with anti mould properties or if re applying over mould affected areas use these simple steps.
1. Use a household bleach solution, dilute 3 parts clean water with one part bleach.
2. Wearing rubber gloves and goggles and using a nylon scouring pad rub in bleach solution, leaving the area for about 20 minutes then wash thoroughly with clean water.
3. Using an oil base under coat roll or brush over effected area.
4. After leaving for the recommended drying time, apply two coats of your desired finish.
5. If you have areas that are prone to mould, try and use a higher sheen level of paint eg semi gloss or full gloss by maintaining the area with a soft wet cloth you can reduce the reappearance of mould.
“HOW DO I KEEP MY WALLS CLEAN”?
When washing down marks on internal plasterboard walls use the smoothest lint free product available we recommend baby wipes.
CHECKING IF YOUR OLD PAINT IS SOUND
The best way to find out if your old paint is sound, and ready to be repainted, is to test the paint in several areas by cutting a small cross with a sharp knife and press 10cm or so of adhesive tape firmly across the middle of the cut. Rip it away quickly after a few minutes and if any pieces of paint come with it you’ll need to strip away the loose paint. If the paintwork has failed the adhesion test or is heavily layered, it should be stripped back to a firm clean base before repainting.
LONGEVITY OF PAINT IN STORAGE
How long paint lasts in the can, depends on how well it was stored. Paint lasts the longest time when the can is full, well sealed and has been stored in a cool dry place (not a damp garden shed!) Some paint types will last longer than others.
To check an old can of paint, open it, stir it well and apply it to a test area. Does it smell like paint? Is the consistency of the paint neither too thick nor too thin (like single cream)? Does the test area dry in the time indicated on the can? If the answer is yes to these questions, then your paint is probably fine.
“HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY NEW PAINTED SURFACES”?
Maintaining your new surfaces is as easy as keeping them as clean as possible. You might what to look at a maintenance program for up keeping which can save you big money on again re painting.
WHEN GETTING QUOTES FROM PAINTING COMPANIES
If have chosen to leave the painting to the professionals then you will want to know as much information about your tradesman before they start. Asking the right questions will always help your cause and reassure that you will get what you exactly what.
1. Gather as much information as you can on what paint and brand is most suitable for use on your surfaces. Have an idea of what brand you prefer to use and not only recommended by your painter. In some cases it might mean the brand is more suited to their capabilities and is favorable to save them money. Its as easy as ringing your local paint store and giving them a brief.
2. Try and read as much information on the painters you select for a quote and see if they actually stick to their own company guidelines and see if you receive the service they claim to give. Punctuality is always a big one!
3. Always check accreditations, Insurance details, licensing and ask for references from previous clients.
4. Some companies chose not to do the work themselves but rather sub contract to others, which may not always end with the best result. Ask what their intentions are.
5. It isn’t wise to always go with the cheapest quote in some cases it does mean, “You get what you pay for”. Taking all your newfound information, make a calculated decision on who is actually suited for your project.
“I WANT TO TOUCH UP A WALL BUT I CANT REMEMBER THE COLOUR”
Even if the colour labels are left on your paint drums they can soon fade or be covered by the actual paint in the drum when painting. Always write your colour scheme on a separate document for safekeeping.