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How to get started with your next paint project

If you’ve decided that your home is in need of a fresh colour update and you’re getting ready to try your own hand at the task, it can be tempting to just pick up a brush and go.

However, the key to a successful outcome has a lot of bearing on properly preparing – and you’ve come to the right place.

Depending on where or what you’re painting, the tools you’ll need to purchase and the fundamental tasks you’ll need to complete will vary, but they are all important parts of the process and we definitely recommend ticking them off your list before becoming a picasso and losing yourself in colour!

How to paint a room

Step 1: Visit our experienced team of painting professionals at Cowra Paint Plus and we’ll help you select everything you need for the job.

The Shopping List:

  • Cleaning equipment – sponges, mild cleaner
  • Drop sheets – old bed sheets from home or perhaps visit your local op shop
  • Ladder
  • Paint tray/s
  • Paint
  • Primer/Undercoat
  • Brushes & Rollers
  • Turpentine
  • Masking tape

Step 2: Clear the room & protect the floor

Clear the room of furniture if possible or pull everything away from the walls. Put your drop sheets down, making sure to completely cover the floor to avoid any nasty spills. Paint is sure to get everywhere, especially fine spray particles and is nearly impossible to remove completely.

Step 3: Clean the walls

Ask our recommendations on the ideal sponge as some types can leave particles behind. Dilute a few drops of mild detergent in water and clean your walls to remove any dust or dirt.

Step 4: Tape up the trims

IMPORTANT: Use blue painter’s tape to protect everywhere you don’t want your paint to go. Window/door frames, architraves, skirting boards, cornices, door knobs, light switches/electrical casings. Line the tape exactly where the wall meets the no-go zone and be precise.

Step 5: Apply the primer

Use a roller to apply the primer to the walls, making sure the roller is coated consistently. You’ll need to make sure the primer is completely dry before applying the paint.

Step 6: Cut in

Use an angled brush to ‘cut in’ a few inches from all the edges or trims (window/door frames and everything you have taped up).

Step 7: Apply the paint in a “w” shape

Coat your paint evenly and consistently to a clean and dry roller. Apply it to the wall in a “w” shape and work your way back across in the same way without lifting the roller. This doesn’t have to be particularly precise, as long as it’s applied evenly and there are no empty patches

Step 8: Remove the painter’s tape

Peel off the tape while the paint is still wet. This will help to avoid removing any dried paint, which tends to happen if it’s left until dry.

How to paint a door

If you’re looking for a quick, easy and best of all, cheap way to have your humble home make a BIG statement, you’ll love the results of one of the most popular DIY crazes – the front door overhaul.

Making your front door ‘pop’ is a thing – there are social media accounts, websites and design articles dedicated to the topic with a rainbow of bright colours making a stunning, dramatic first impression. Even if your front door is not quite ready to scream with a loud lime green, we’ve seen every shade – from matte black to soft dusty pinks – achieving the same impact.

Whether you dip your door in a vibrant hue, or something much more subdued, you’re bound to fall in love with the result. The process for internal doors is much the same as external doors too, so our helpful steps can be used to breathe new life into both your bedroom or front door in just a few hours.

Step 1: What you’ll need

Visit our experienced team of paint professionals at Cowra Paint Plus and we’ll help you select everything you need.

The Shopping List:

– Sponge, mild cleaner

– Fine-grit sandpaper, Painters tape

– High-density foam mini rollers and brushes

– Small paint tray & Turpentine

– Latex or oil-based exterior paint: Either Satin, Semi-gloss or High-gloss finish

– Adhesion primer – the specific type for your chosen latex or oil based paint

– Drop sheets – old bed sheets or visit the op shop

– Sawhorses or similar for laying door flat

– Screwdriver

Step 2: Check the weather

If you plan to paint outside, check the forecast so that surprise rain doesn’t ruin your hard work. Direct sunlight can make the paint dry before you’ve finished a coat creating unsightly clumps and wind can blow dust and dirt into the wet paint.

A clear, sunny and mild temperature is ideal, and it’s best to paint undercover & out of the elements.

Step 3: Remove the door

Remove the hardware and hinges, and cover any glass panels with tape.

Because exterior paints can take some time to dry, you’ll be without a front door for some time so make sure you have a replacement or something to board the doorway up, especially in winter.

Step 4: Clean the door, then lightly sand & re-clean

Remove any surface dirt with a wet sponge, then lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper to remove any rough spots and embedded dirt, making it clean and smooth. Once sanded, use a clean, damp sponge to re-wipe the door and remove the dust.

Step 5: Apply the adhesion primer

Apply the primer with a foam roller in even strokes. Use a foam brush on any decorative detailing, raised or depressed panels. Let it dry completely before starting on the other side.

Step 6: Paint the Door

Using the same technique, apply your first coat of paint and allow it to dry completely before applying the second coat. Add a third or fourth coat for greater colour saturation. Remove any tape.

Step 7: Reinstall the Door

Check the can for the manufacturer’s advice on drying times. You may need to allow a greater period depending on the climate. Once the paint no longer feels tacky to touch, replace all hardware and reattach the door to its frame. Viola!

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