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For a professional paint finish, follow these 10 tips.

The Drier the weather, the better

Humid weather, especially during February in the Eastern Cape, is not the best weather to tackle a painting project in. Humid, or rainy weather means paint will take longer to dry, and may not adhere to surfaces as well as it should, should these surfaces collect a bit of moisture.

Preparation is key!

Put your critical glasses on and have a good look at the surfaces you’re going to paint. If you spot any flaking or peeling paint on the area needing a new coat, it’s best to give it light sand and then wash the surface down well with a sugar soap solution. Remember to rinse any residual sugar soap off with clean water. Any cracking plaster should also be addressed – clean thoroughly, and fill with an appropriate crack-filler, leave to dry and sand down again for a smooth finish. Your new paint will love the smooth, clean surface you have prepared for it. 

 Quality tools will give you a quality finish.

Investing in good quality, brushes, paint rollers and other finishing tools is going to save you time and money in the long run! Good brushes and rollers hold onto more paint and give you better, even coverage with each stroke, meaning you don’t have to repaint an area as often and will mean you can finish the job quicker. Good brushes and rollers also give you an even finish with little or no "hair loss”, or leaving bristles or lint behind on the painted surface.

Use the CORRECT tools for the job.

Before you start painting, learn which type of brushes and rollers to use.Speak to any of our City Paint & Tool paint experts, explain the type and texture of surface you are painting, and they will advise you on the correct brushes and rollers for the job. 

If you don’t want something to be painted, protect it!

It might not be possible to remove everything from the room you are painting, and fittings and fixtures are not going anywhere fast. Spend some time covering and protecting your floors, furniture, and hardware before you begin a paint project. Drop cloths are a must, and plastic bags secured with tape over door handles or light fittings will ensure these stay paint-splatter free! Remove light switch and outlet covers too.This might take a little extra time to do, but for a clean, professional looking finish, it is best to remove these covers so that they also remain paint-free.

Use primer.

Whether you have a clean, smooth surface, or if there are any issues with the wall or it’s been more than eight years since you last painted, you’ll need to use a primer that is best suited to the surface. Our City Paint & Tool paint experts will gladly help you with the right primer for the job. Visit Plascon’s information section and see what primers and undercoats are available.

Calculate how much paint you’ll need

To save you money and travel time, accurately calculate the amount of paint you will need for the job. Our City Paint & Tool paint experts will gladly help you with this – just bring along the measurements of the area you want to paint (Width, height and number of walls, or ceilings, that you need painting). If you need paint mixed to match your favourite colour swatch, we’ll mix up enough paint for your project, ensuring that all your paint is the correct colour throughout. Try the Plascon paint calculator.

You’ve heard the terms "Flat” or "Eggshell”, but which one should you use?

Find out about all the different paint types and what surfaces they are suitable for. Our City Paint & Tool experts will advise you if you are not sure which paint will be best for your project. You can also read up about the many different products that Plascon has on offer.

Paint the edges and then from top to bottom.

The painting fun starts when you get to "cut in”! This means you’ll use a brush or small paint applicator to paint neatly around the edges of ceiling and wall trims, without getting paint on the ceiling or trims. Once this is done, you can then use your paint roller to paint the rest of the wall, working from the ceiling downwards. This will allow you to paint over any paint drips, incorporating them into the rest of the paint, and will eliminate any drip marks or streaks in the finished application. If you need to apply a second coat, wait until the first coat is dry in order to avoid streaking. Read Plascon’s Painting Tips  

Don’t forget the trims!

To finish off your professionally painted room, make sure that any skirting boards, ceiling mouldings or other trims are neatly painted as well, and don’t have any other paint colour dripped on them. You might need a more durable type of paint for skirting boards, as they usually take a lot of bumping from vacuum cleaners, brooms, or other objects, especially in high traffic areas.

Are you ready to start painting now? Call your nearest City Paint & Tool branch and chat to them about your project. Once they know what you need, they’ll be able to give you an accurate quote for all the equipment and paint you’ll need.