Today we have come up with a painting guide for you. As the weather gets warmer, everyone is looking to spend more time in the garden but no one wants it to look shabby and dull.
With this in mind, it’s incredible the difference a lick of paint can make!
Painting and decorating preparation
Before painting any surfaces, preparation is extremely important.
You should always start with a good jet wash to get rid of anything that has been growing on the surfaces you’re working on over the winter, such as moss and lichen.
Both harder surfaces such as slabs and concrete and softer surfaces like wooden decking and fence panels should be properly cleared to make it easier for paint and other coverings to actually bond to their surfaces and ensure that you get a great and long lasting finish.
Paint for outdoor use
Ensure your fencing is clear and dry before painting.
You may have to brush over it with a yard or hand brush as you will generally find there are many cobwebs tucked in to the corners and around the bottom and also quite a bit of dust and other debris.
Good outdoor paint brands include Ronseal, Thompson’s, and Sikkens, a German brand which is generally more expensive, but with this increased price it is also very hard wearing.
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How about spray paint?
Massive strides have been made in the last few years when it comes to hi-tech paint spraying products.
Paint spraying equipment guarantees speed and efficiency whilst making sure every coat of paint is evenly applied.
A complete range of products stretching from single components in the areas of feeding, mixing, controlling and application, right up to products for complex large scale installations are all available nowadays and, if used correctly, ensure a top quality job that you will be proud of.
Picking paint colours
I think colour wise, most of us Irish tend to go for rich mahogany colours on their decking which is nice for spring/summer, but I would advise people to be a bit more daring when choosing colours for their fence panels.
Something a bit different, like brighter pastel colours such as sky blues and light greens are in this season.
People seem to be getting a lot braver and painting whole fence panels brightly.
Remember, if you don’t like it, you can always change!
Handy tips for painting indoors
Focusing on the inside, painting really makes a difference even if your walls are just white or magnolia.
We would encourage you to paint one fresh wall to see the difference even if it’s just been a year or two since you last painted, you will be pleasantly surprised.
A lot of us Irish have dark furniture in our homes but loud colours can give our rooms a real lift.
Whitewash all walls and ceilings and think about painting one of the accent walls a different tint or shade.
If you’re the main decision maker, choose a nice loud colour like a turquoise, purple, teal or maroon.
Paint spraying products are not only for outdoor use they are also great for painting the inside of your house.
We’d always recommend your first coat of paint on bare brickwork or plaster work to be watered down adding about 20% water to thin the paint out, as the bare walling has not been sealed it will be very porous.
As well as this, the thinner the paint the more it will absorb into the surface which helps with a longer lasting finish.
Spray painting truly is the future and will save a great deal of time and energy when it comes to decorating!
Did you end up painting the indoors or the outdoors, why not let us know?
Send us your photos and we will publish them in one of our future posts.