Painting Tips and Tricks 1: Preparation
Painting and Decorating Preparation
Your living room's looking a little tired and could do with a make over, so you decide to redecorate; here's a few painting tips and tricks you may want to consider. One of the first thing you need to consider is probably one of the most expensive parts of any redecoration; the floor; is it carpeted; if so will it go with your new colour scheme, if not you may have to replace it.
If you decide to replace it, leave it down till the end of the job, it will act as a dust sheet when painting.
The day before you start the job check you have all the tools you need.
2 Sets of Steps,
2 Scrapers 3” & 11/2 “
Small Hawk for filling
A Float for filling
Sandpaper & Block
Plastic Containers for paint
1 Flat Screw Driver
1 Flat Philips Screw Driver
6” Brush for pasting
10” Papering Brush
A 21/2” & 11/2” Paint brush
Dust Brush, the most important tool
A Roller & Roller Tray with spair sleeves
Tool for Each Job
Two sets of steps come in handy. The ones I've suggested from amazon have a tray at the top to hold your paint and tools. The trestle type steps offer more stability so you could have one of each. If you only have one pair, next door may have a pair you can borrow.
A plank will save you a lot of time; the one above is telescopic so you can adjust the length, a great idea that will be my next buy as you can see from the picture our rooms are quite big. As a younger man all we used was an 8" x 21/2" x 8' peace of timber; dose the job and a lot cheaper. On the other hand to save any expense it can be done from the top of your steps, I wouldn't recommend it, but it can be done.
The tape measure has a locking device which is handy, but when you release it let it in by hand, they retract quite fast and may trap part of your finger; plus it won't last to long if you let it retract on it's own all the time. I did put a 16ft tape in but on second thoughts I've seen some of the houses in the U.S. so it's a 25 footer. You could buy one at fifty feet for a few more dollars, but it's money you don't need to spend.
Buy the best paint brushes you can get hold of; they should be about 3/4" thick at the stock, which in turn holds more bristles, which holds more paint. The handle should be nice and round for easy grip, flat handles are not that great. Always clean after use and you'll have them for years.
Painting from a full tin of paint is a bad idea; you have no control. When I started as a young apprentice we had what where called paint kettles; made out of steel, and still around today.
The kettle was half filled with paint which enabled you to dip your brush in and tap it on the side of the kettle to force the paint into the brush. The kettle also had a handle attached for easy use. Mainly used for oil based paint; one of the advantages of using a steel kettle is after being used a number of times, to clean it, you'd take it out side, add a little white spirits and set it on fire, burning away all the old paint leaving a clean kettle; which enable you to keep it for years.
The preferred kettle of today is plastic, also with a handle; you can buy them for very little money in any DIY shop. Plastic food containers will do; again there's quit a few out there and if you can find one with a handle even better . I've included wallpaper hanging tools as well, should you need them; you can make up your own 'Plumb Bob' with a set of keys and a 8' piece of string.
Ok your ready to start;
take down all the light fittings where you can; move as much
furniture out of the room as possible and move the larger objects into
the centre of the room, making sure you stack it so you can get your
plank over the top of the centre of the room and on to the two pair of steps. Put
sheets over the furniture and carpet to protect them from falling
It's a good idea to buy 4 or 5 large dust sheets; it's amazing how they come in handy and you'll probably have them for the rest of you life; if not old bed sheets, polythene, anything to cover up.
Polythene's ok to cover the furniture but not such a good idea on the floor, if you stand on it at one end of the room it moves the other end; dust sheets for the floor then.
One word of warning at this point; if your painting the celling and a large blob of paint falls off your roller, wipe it off the dust sheet other wise it will soak through; even though it's probably water based if you find the stain under the dust sheet at the end of the job when it's had a couple of days to dry, it's very hard to remove.
That's it your ready to go.
Coated Protective Dust sheet
New dust sheet on the block - Updated 07.5.14
As I've mentioned a dust sheet on it's own will not stop large blobs of paint from working there way through the sheet and polythene move's all over the place when you stand on it.
There are now two new types of superior dust sheet. One has a plastic backing and the other is treated with a substance that stops paint penetration.
I'll take you through the whole process of decorating a room through a series of hubs.
Qualifications: It was my
first job I served my time from 15 years of age and been at it ever since.
I was lucky in that my peers where Alan Smith & Fred Marshall two old paper hangers who never removed there caps and knew every trade trick in the book. As a kid I would paste the wallpaper as fast as I could; while they put it on the wall from both sides of the room. It was amazing to watch.
The Most Important Tool in this Hub
It's your tape measure, you'll notice that any trades man who comes to price a job for you always as a tape in is hand.
In this group of hubs I hope to be able to give you the confidence to be able to do your own decorating and do other peoples to.
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How to paint is pretty strait forward. Which paint should I use is the bigger question; and it all depends on the finish your trying to achieve.