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Painting laminate or melamine cupboard doors is an inexpensive way to refresh the appearance of kitchens and bathrooms. It is critical however that the surfaces are thoroughly prepared to ensure the desired results are achieved.Read More
Many old homes used paint that contained lead based pigments. These coatings can not be sanded as the dust generated will contain lead which extremely toxic. To determine whether paint contains lead, use a lead test kit before commencing any work.
After you’ve cut in the edges at the ceiling and skirting boards, apply the paint using a roller from the ceiling downward. Any drips or runs that occur will be painted over as you move down the wall. Once the paint has been spread out, always “lay off” from top to bottom to avoid lap marks and thick edges. Don’t press too hard, rather allow the weight of the roller to even out the paint.
Painting from a 4 Litre paint tin is heavy and it has a double lip that traps paint making it difficult to reseal the can after use. It is much lighter and easier to use a smaller, custom designed paint pot with a handle and brush holder.
If doing a small touch up or repair, apply the paint with a brush using a dabbing action to mimic the look of a roller to blend the repair into the rest of the wall or ceiling.
Colour, texture or gloss variations between brushed and rolled areas is a paint application defect known as "Picture Framing". When rolling up to the cutting in at a cornice, turn the roller frame and run it parallel to the cornice with the open end closest to the ceiling, rolling as closely as practicable to the cornice. This will eliminate the texture difference between the brushed and rolled area which can appear as a colour or gloss difference.
“Cutting In” around cornices, architraves and skirting boards takes practice. A long handled cutter brush provides better control than a wall brush. Load the brush and start brushing several centimetres away from the cut-in edge. As the brush unloads, work the brush up to the cutting in line and slowly drag the brush along. You may need to do this several times to achieve coverage. This technique will prevent too much paint being applied in the corners or along the trim that will invariably run.
Finish one wall before starting another. This allows the brushed and rolled areas to blend together. All cans of paint are slightly different colours. Never use a different can of paint to cut in and another to roll the walls. Never change paint cans halfway through a wall.
To achieve an extremely smooth professional finish free of brush marks on trim work, mix a wet edge extender such as Penetrol, Floetrol or Hot Weather Thinners into the paint. This will slow down the drying giving you longer working time to overlap painted areas and allow the paint to “level out” so that brush marks are virtually eliminated.
When rolling walls, use an extension pole attached to the roller handle so that you can apply the paint to the full height of the wall in a single stroke. This will eliminate the need to constantly climb up and down ladders and will enable you to maintain a “wet edge”, eliminating lap marks.