Painting Hints and Tips
This article contains a few things to consider when taking on DIY painting. It's not intended as a full "How to" guide, just some general pointers

Wielding a paint brush is, possibly, the DIY task most people feel they achieve acceptable results doing. Not only does it seem pretty straight forward it’s also a quick and relatively cheap way to transform rooms, furniture, stair cases….you name it.
 
Here’s a few things to consider before climbing into your overalls.
 
Choosing paint
 
Paint technology has come a long way since ochre was applied to the walls of cave dwellings by ancient man.
 
Paints these days consist of the following components:
 
  • Binders: - To make it stick to the wall and to itself
  • Pigments: - For the colour
  • Solvents: - To make it liquid (and then solid)
  • Thickeners: - To prevent it running / dripping while drying
  •  Additives: - Manufacturers Proprietary elements that make paints suitable for one purpose or another.
To many people paint is the means by which a wall (or something else) can be made a pleasing colour. To the manufacturer of paint it is a liquid used to alter the properties of the substrate to which it is applied. It is understandable then why paint manufactures will spend considerable time developing paints for an almost infinite amount of surfaces and why choosing the right for the surface to be painted is perhaps more important than choosing the colour.
 
Preparation for decoration 
 
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" – thus said Benjamin Franklin. I don’t suppose he was taking about painting a living room or bedroom but the maxim is as applicable as anywhere.
 
By painting preparation we don’t mean putting a few dust sheets down and filling a couple of gouges in the wall. Properly preparing a surface to be painted will ensure that the end result looks far better and lasts much longer.
 
  • Have the right tools for the job
  • Remove as much furniture as you can from the room, put what can’t be removed in the centre of the room and cover with dust sheets
  • Mask off or remove things you don’t want painted (Door handles, light switches, curtain poles)
  • Dust, clean and wash down walls, cornices, skirting, around door facings & frames
  • Scrape any cracked or flaking walls
  • Fill and sand holes nicks & gouges, consider filling where lines in wall paper may show up
  • Cover any water or other marks with a high pigment stain block
  • Ensure there is a suitable "key" on any surface to be painted, so the paint sticks
  • Apply a primer when necessary, for example on fresh plaster or bare, dry walls
  • Use painters caulk to fill any long or large gaps along walls, round doors, along skirting etc.

Ok, so there is a lot of work there but putting the paint on the walls is the easy bit. Or as another US President - Abraham Lincoln – said; "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

Paint Application 
 
The temptation with painting is to start in the middle of the wall where each stroke is going to make the biggest impression of progress possible. Most decorators would suggest that starting in the corners of walls, near the ceiling will provide the best results if for no other reason than starting there means you are less tired / bored when doing it.
 
Once you have the edges of the wall done then use a roller to cover the remainder of the wall quickly. Different decorators will tell you different techniques: W’s, Crows Feet, large ticks and so on, the important thing is to have a system or plan that suits you and stick to it.
 
Once you have completed painting one wall or section of a wall then leave it to dry completely before going over it again. If you can see a patch where the paint isn’t as thickly applied then catch it with a second coat. If you try applying more paint to half dry paint you risk taking the first coat off.
 
Professional Edinburgh Painters 
 
So, maybe home decoration is simple, we’d encourage anyone to give it a go if they feel confident, but for times when you want guaranteed professional results then HomeForce are happy to help.
 
Call us on 0131 315 0000 to discuss your requirements
 
Final Tip: - To cover the smell of paint in a freshly painted room slice an onion in half and leave it in the room. We don’t know why it works but it does.