Every weekend, thousands of people embrace the challenge of painting or repainting their homes with hopes to cut excessive costs where they can.
However, despite the appeal of a low-cost DIY project, many people end up spending hundreds of dollars and countless hours of their time researching and often buying equipment they don’t need.
It’s easy to become misinformed by hardware stores or paint distribution outlets who try to upsell products you don’t need.
So, if you’re looking to spruce up your home with a fresh splash of paint in the most convenient, inexpensive way possible, you’ve landed at the right place.
There are FIVE main points you should educate yourself on before beginning your DIY paint project:
1) How to prep your home before painting;
2) Which type of paint to use;
3) Where you should paint first;
4) How to apply paint to certain areas; and
5) Why these rules apply.
In this article we cover point one; how to prep your home before painting. We have set out a real-life scenario to demonstrate exactly what to look for when preparing your home for a paint makeover – so please meet our fictional friend, Jenny.
Jenny wants to repaint her ceiling and understands from the five steps that the first thing she needs to do is to prepare her ceiling.
How To Prep Your Home Before Painting
Step One – Have a clear view of your workspace
Firstly, Jenny begins by dusting down her ceiling to ensure she can make an accurate assessment of the surface.
Next, Jenny must consider the following questions:
Step Two – What is the ceiling material made of?
Is it asbestos, fibre cement sheet or gyprock? It’s important to determine the material of your surface to ensure you use the right type of paint. If you are unsure what your ceiling is made of, you can make an appointment for us to visit or you can check out the links below.
Step Three – Are there any stains or discolouration on the ceiling?
Stains can often be easily removed with bleach or a similar disinfectant. You can also try white vinegar as an alternative solution. Then you apply a stain sealer, which will act as an undercoat for the paint. We recommend shellac based sealers for all water and smoke stains. Once the stain sealer is dry, sand the undercoated surface with some used 120 grit sand paper.
Step Four – What is the condition of the current paint?
Is the paint in good, neat condition, or is it flaking off in sections? If you do find paint is peeling in sections, then all paint layers that are loose or already flaking must be scraped off until you can no longer continue to scrap any loose paint. Once the paint layers are solid and no longer flaking or peeling, you can stop scraping.
To avoid uneven edges, the areas that have been scraped off need to be repaired and filled with plaster. To do this, you need to apply a thin coat of plaster around the edges of the areas where you have scraped off the paint. You do not need to plaster over the entire area that was scraped, just edges of the section you scraped. Once the plaster has dried, you then sand the plaster down smoothly to an even finish and seal with an appropriate under coat.
Step Five – Are there any cracks on the ceiling or around the edges?
Before you fix any cracks, they must be clean and free of dust, bug stains or loose flaking paint. Then you apply gap filler to the cracks on your ceiling and let it cure over night, particularly if it’s raining or cold. Generally, one tube of good quality gap filler, like Selly’s S20, should be enough for one ceiling. However, we recommend using a flexible gap filler, like Selly’s M40, to fill any large cracks. The extent of any cracks that need filling or repairing on your ceiling will determine how much gap filler you will need. Be careful not to squeeze too much or too little onto the effected area and it’s important not to leave a mass of excess gap filler on the ceiling. Once the curing time has passed, you can apply plaster to minimise any defect repair work.
Jenny is now ready to begin the paint application process!
DIY painting is not hard, however it does require good preparation and practice. If you have never attempted any of these steps, or you are unfamiliar with any part of these steps, please feel free to contact us on 0437 893 937 so we can show you how to get it right the first time.