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roller paintingDo you feel like your home needs a little work done? Quite often we see that a little bit of painting decorating would change the look and feel of the property – just a little effort, time and investment can give a big result. The easiest way is to hire good painters to do the job. However, in times like these you may want to save money and do it yourself. This article will give you some basic knowledge on how it’s done.

First step is obviously to get prepared your workplace – remove everything that can be removed easily from the room, cover furniture, flooring with dust sheets. If the walls and ceiling are not in very bad condition (plaster is not crumbling, cracking, wallpapers not coming loose), you are lucky – the job is easy (just right for DIY), walls and ceiling will only need to be repainted.

Next step is to make sure the paints would stick to walls and ceiling surfaces well – first you have to wash them with sugar soap. Then take the bonding PVA primer, dilute it with water (read instructions on the tin – too much water will make primer weak, too little – you may get a shiny film that will be difficult to cover with paints) and add some paints (mix approx. water 2 parts with 1 part of paints).  Apply the primer using roller on the ceiling and walls. You will get a good base coat with strong adherence for the following coats of paints. We always use white paints to mix the base coat – all the defects and cracks are more visible. Now comes the time when you can fill and sand down some holes, cracks, try leveling out bigger uneven surface areas. Builders halogen light directed at an angle to the wall surface would help to notice all the defects (that are not visible at the first glance). Remember, preparation is really the most important part – the more time you spend on it, the better is the final result.

Here comes the tricky part – choosing the paints. The advice is to get a small quantity of paints (of each color you are choosing from) and test it on the wall – apply at least 1 sq foot of each color and check how it looks during the day (colors will look differently under different light). Once you are happy with the chosen color, buy the amount needed for your project.

Firstly the ceiling is painted: use a roller and apply the paints on the surface facing the window – the painting quality is better visible. Do not leave any paints spread unevenly (later this will be visible and you may not like the end result) – move a roller forward and backward until the surface is covered evenly. Leave the ceiling to dry and repeat the process if necessary (if some old paint is still coming through).

Once the ceiling is completely dry, apply masking tape around the ceiling edges. Using a brush or a smaller roller go round all the walls edges and corners. To achieve the best result you should use the same type of roller (just smaller) as for painting the big surfaces – the paint pattern will be the same. Once that’s done, paint one wall at a time starting from the dark corner, going towards the light, moving a roller from floor to ceiling – towards window. This way you will see the paint quality better, avoid any paints unevenly spread. When you finish one wall, start with another and continue until the room is painted. If you see the old paints still shining through – repeat the process. After you finish painting, remove the masking tape from the ceiling – if you leave it for too long, it may come off with ceiling paints altogether and damage you ceiling paintwork.

When painting, it is very important that the paint would dry out evenly and not too quick – if it dries too quickly, you will not be able to spread it evenly enough. Therefore, the central heating should be turned off in the room, windows and doors closed – no draught in the room.

For the jobs that you don’t feel you would like to DIY, call AZbuilders – we would give a free and no obligations quote in writing on any refurbishment, building or repair project, clearly specifying all the work to be done. And if we are lucky enough to meet your expected costs, we would do it on budget and within time – to meet (or sometimes even exceed) your expectations.