Smarter Surfaces Guide: How To Paint

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At some stage in our lives, most of us will have picked up a paintbrush. So we thought we would share our tips on painting – whether you are applying one of our functional paints (magnetic, projector or whiteboard paint) or painting using regular paints with no functionality.

Let us start.

There are 4 steps to painting a perfect surface:

  • Preparation
  • Tools
  • Read instructions
  • Take your time and do it right

Preparation

  • The key to successful painting is to ensure your surfaces are smooth and clean. It is vital you complete this step before you think about removing the lid from your paint can.
  • Remove dirt, oil or any imperfections. There are lots of cleaners easily available. Consider specialist products to remove mould or grease.
  • Cover all floors and light fittings. You might also choose to mask skirting boards and sockets.
    Fill any holes, cracks or imperfections with filler.
  • When dry, use sandpaper to make your surfaces smooth. Walls, wood and fillers should be lightly sanded to ensure a smooth surface. After sanding, remove any dust.
  •  The most important step is now complete. Whatever you do, do not skip over this step.

Now it’s time to think about painting.

Tools

  • Choose your paint depending on your budget and application (e.g. paint for wood or walls or ceilings). Your local paint store should be a great resource of paint choice and expert knowledge.
  • In general, you get what you pay for, so choose recognisable brand names.
  • Your local paint store will be happy to advise you.
  • Buy or borrow the tools you need, as specified in the paint manufacturer’s instructions. These might include rollers and roller tray, paint brush, stirring stick, ladder, and so on.

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Read Paint Instructions

  • Follow the instructions provided by the paint manufacturer. In general, the steps in the painting are similar, but dependent on the surface e.g. wood, methodologies may vary.
  • Choosing rollers, over paintbrushes, will save you time so these are the ideal choice for walls.
  • Most people still use a brush for painting edges and corners. Some specialist products are available to do this, but in our opinion, the humble brush remains the best.
  • If you are an inexperienced painter or do not have a steady hand, use low adhesive masking tape to protect a wall or ceiling next to the wall being painted.
  • Use a brush to paint. Brush down 3-4 inches from the top.
  • Remove the adhesive masking tape immediately.
  • Use a roller for painting large areas such as walls. Roll the roller two inches into the edge which has been painted by a brush for blending.
  • Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the number of coats you should apply.
  • Consider your chosen colour. Bright colours such as red or yellow will need more coats.
  • Consider your surface as some like wood may need several coats.

Take your Time and Get It Right

  • Get your floor protection down and give yourself plenty of time to apply your paint.
  • Have your tools at your disposal and dress appropriately.
  • Read the paint instructions before you start the job.
  • Read step 1 in this “How to Paint” guide and read it again to make sure you are thoroughly prepared.
  • Turn on some relaxing music.
  • Open windows for ventilation if possible (refer to paint instructions).

Now it is time to paint your surface.

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