Professional Painters and Decorators Nottingham
Nottingham painters and decorators are your local choice for professional painting and decorating services throughout Nottinghamshire and the surrounding region. Contact us today if you're wanting to get a painting and decorating project under way ! We always recommend using a professional team of painters and decorators if you want the best looking job. Check out our domestic, commercial and exterior painting services pages for more information about our painting solutions.
Whilst we believe it is best to leave the painting and decorating to us, our friendly team are more than happy to offer helpful hints and tips along the way. Here are some useful pointers to get you started:
Tools are an important part of any trade and painting and decorating is no different. A good place to start is to buy a roller, brushes of various sizes, caulking gun, masking tape, telescopic roller stick, roller tray and fine sand paper.
To make the job look as good as possible, it is important to prepare your surfaces accordingly. Remove any old screws, nails, socket plates, room stats, pictures and other accessories off your walls so you have a nice clear area to paint.
When prepping the walls, it can be useful to create slightly bigger dents where old nails and screws once were. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it makes filling those walls that much easier. Holes, dents and imperfections should be filled in with the appropriate wall filler. This can usually be purchased ready mixed from a good DIY store. Paint only adds the finishing touch. If the wall surface isn't good to start with, then chances are that it won't look good even when it is completed.
Once filled, let the filler compound dry and then sand to a nice smooth finish. Remove any dust and dirt that may have accumulated and your walls you will be ready for painting ! Preparation work takes time, however it is worth it and is the most important factor in getting a great looking job.
Prior to painting, it is important to wash brushes and rollers prior to use to avoid getting fluff and bristles on your wall. Telescopic poles are useful for improving control when painting larger surface areas helping to improve speed of painting.
A small 3 inch brush is usually ideal for cutting in around corners, junctions and accessories. When cutting in, pour some paint into an empty tin or pot so you can carry this with you as you work around the edges. This will improve speed and help you avoid getting paint everywhere! Make sure to scrape off excess paint around the edge of your tin after you have loaded your brush. Again, this will help to avoid spillages. To cut in, push the bristles of your brush into the junction. Be careful not to push into the corner too hard, otherwise paint may end up on the adjacent surface. It is best just to leave a little gap at the corners on the first coat and pick up any bare areas on the second coat.
A note about paints
Paints come in many different, colours, grades and finishes. It can be difficult to select the right paint for the job, especially of you don't have professional experience. Where possible, we recommend using water based paints as these contain less solvents and are better for the environment. Look for paints that have a lower VOC content as this will help to reduce environmental impact.
When selecting paint, it is important to remember that darker colours will stand out more so they are best used in smaller areas. In addition, lighter paints will require more coats, whereas darker colours can get away with less. Primers and proprietary undercoats may be required on bare plaster and other surfaces so it is always best to follow the paint manufacturers instructions. Higher sheen paints are better for timber, or when you really want the quality of the underlying surface to stand out.
Call the professionals
If carrying out a paint job seems a little formidable, time consuming or stressful, then it is best to leave it to the professionals. You can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle in the long run by contacting one of our professional painters and decorators today. Contact us and let us take all of the guess work out for you and make your property look great !
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