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Painting Hints And Tips

Author : Stephen Drummonsy

Painting is one of the least expensive and simplest home improvements you can make. You will discover so many small things you can do to boost your homes look and worth, simple changes like painting a wall can make a big change. Painting is the cheap and easy home improvement and can be easily altered if you decide you would like a change afterward. There are an enormous choice of paints available in different colours and finishes so there is almost definitely bound to be something to suit your home. In case you can’t locate a ready made colour, you could always mix paints to produce different shades and variations.

Looking for paint:
More and more people are moving home less because of recession and they are daring to experiment with new design ideas. This means that they are having a go at painting their homes in bold colours and moving away from the neutral, beige trend of the past. As well as choosing something to suit their personal style. Look at the rooms you intend on repainting, consider their size, shape and function as well as the style of furniture they hold. These items will all influence which paint you select, for example, a small room can be made to look bigger with light colours, a kitchen will benefit from humidity resistant paint or you might need a shade that compliments your existing furniture. Remember, paint is not just for walls, you can also use it on window frames, skirting boards or furniture. Using one colour or varying shades of the same colour in a room can really create a cohesive look, especially if you have a lot of mismatched furniture.

Types of paint:
Solvent based paint - these paints have high volumes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to the environment, especially if poured down the sink. Eco paints are now available which contain no VOCs; these even include new odour reducing and self cleaning paints.

Make sure you choose the correct paint type for your project:
Water based paints - these are a much more environmentally friendly option that doesn’t reek of chemicals. The downside is that water based paint isn’t quite as durable and thick as the solvent kind - so you may will require to apply more coats.

Emulsion paints - these water based paints are ideal for ceilings and walls because they’re thick and easy to apply. Humidity resistant emulsion paints have also been developed for use in steamy rooms like kitchens or bathrooms.

Gloss - you might will require to use a gloss rather than standard paint when it comes to painting furniture. Gloss is often applied to wood or metal surfaces and is a thick, solvent based substance. As an alternative, you could use acrylic paint for this type of work.
Matt and silk paint - paints are available in a matt or gloss finish. Matt gives a flat, non-reflective look whereas silk results in a shiny, reflective coat.

Undercoats - depending on what surface is being painted, you may need to apply a primer and an undercoat before painting on your top layer. This seals and evens out the surface to give a polished finish.

Metal paints - You can use bituminous paint for iron fittings like pipes, tanks or gutters. This paint offers waterproof protection by forming a bituminous layer when dry.
Painting tips

Test colours first on a small section of the wall and consider the options for a few days before you make your final decision. You can even try mixing paints to create your ideal shade. Lighten with white, darken with black. Never throw left over paint down the drains, this could pollute water ways. Remember to check whether you will require to re-plaster the wall before it is painted. Always remove wallpaper before painting and always keep the rooms well ventilated while working. If you do choose to paint yourself, make sure you use gloves and a good quality paintbrush. When you are not using the brush, keep it in a pot of warm water to prevent hardening or wrap it in cling film.

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