It's very important to prepare the surface for painting before you give your humble abode an injection of life.
With that in mind, the team at Kennards Hire have come up with some helpful tips to help you get the best out of your paint job.
1. For exterior surfaces begin by using a pressure washer to clean the surface of dirt, grime and old paint.
2. After washing, go over the surface with a hand scraper or wire brush to remove any remaining bits of flaking paint or rust. Alternatively, you can use a heat gun to lift any remaining imperfections. For interior surfaces it’s best to use a steam wallpaper remover to lift the wallpaper without damaging the wall itself.
3. Make note if you are painting over a semi-gloss or gloss paint as you will have to sand the surface back to ensure the new paint adheres.
4. If your wall or surface has cracks, gaps or splinters, now is the time to fill them with sealant or putty. This is all about ensuring the surface is as smooth and strong as possible before applying the first coat of paint.
5. Wash the surface with a good detergent solution to get rid of remaining dirt and dust, then rinse with clean water and allow it to dry thoroughly. For interior surfaces, use heat lamps and dehumidifiers to quickly dry rooms before you begin painting.
6. For a professional-quality finish, make sure you choose your primer carefully. This is particularly important if the surface is newly constructed, stained by water or smoke, prone to mildew, rusted or aged. Primer will help seal and flatten the surface which allows the paint to go on smoother, adhere better and last longer.
7. The final step before you start applying the paint is to tape off window frames or any other areas you want protected from paint or stain.
With the surface properly prepared you can now gather all your equipment and start the process of painting. Keep in mind that applying a new coat of paint to your house is a big job and can be quite time-consuming but if you play it safe, being careful not to rush, you will be left with a spectacular finish that adds life (and value) to your home.
Visit your local Kennards Hire centre to view their range of surface preparation equipment including pressure washers, heat guns, airless spray equipment, wallpaper removers, scaffolding, and sanders.
For more information, go to www.kennards.com.au.