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Pay attention to paint

Always remember that the depth of a coat of paint is measured in thousandths of an inch. On top of that you have to remember that many factors will affect the finish of the paint. To get a professional finish you need professional experience. The materials and preparation of the surface being painted, the choice of paint and even atmospheric conditions all effect how the paint will dry. While many people do DIY painting when decorating their home, many people also realise that it is not as easy as it seems. A professional painter will have the experience and training to make your walls sparkle.

The other factor that the expert touch brings is durability. Paint applied by the enthusiastic amateur can flake and fade quickly. This is especially the case where larger scale renovation or refurbishment works are concerned. Where a lot of work has been carried out, it is often the case the the decorating fails due to the surface beneath the paint or paper being still wet, or wood chock full of knots. These leave the surface with noticeable defects. Listen to the advice an experienced decorator offers, they will be able to guide you in ensuring that you avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur.

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Some common problems arising with the finishes of paint and how to avoid them:

  • Air bubbles in or under the paint -
    This most commonly happens in gloss paint (as it is thick enough to form lasting bubbles). This can be caused by painting a surface which dries in bright sunlight, on hard and shiny surfaces or where a water-based undercoat has been applied. The best cure for this is to use a 'chalky' undercoat, especially on porous non-wood surfaces.
  • Bitumen or tar stains bleeding through paint -
    Apply an good aluminium primer below the normal undercoat and then apply the topcoat as normal.
  • Defects caused by used brushes -
    Brushes for oil-based paints (undercoats, gloss, varnishes and stains, etc) can be kept soft for further use by storing them in water. Place the brushes, bristle down in the container, then add water to the tops of the bristles. Too much water will soak the stock of the brushes, this can then leak out during painting. Brushes will stay soft for up to several weeks by doing this (make sure that the water doesn't evaporate). Brushes for water-based paints (such as emulsions) will stay soft for several days simply by wrapping then tightly in plastic bags, so long as you ensure that air does not reach the bristles.
  • Blistering in the paint -
    Typically this is caused by moisture pressure within the paint when it is exposed to the sun. This is unavoidable, scrape it off, sand it down and repaint.
  • Paint not drying the same shade -
    If it is all from the same paint at the same time (and not just down to some having dried and some not) using the same paint, then it is the caused by the paint not being properly stirred. Always thoroughly (and we mean thoroughly) stir paint before you use it, particularly strong and dark colors.
  • Cracked paint -
    Old paint cracks as it hardens over time (or the surface behind it moving, make sure that it is not subsidence). Most common on wood or porous surfaces which expand and contract as the weather changes and the dried, hard paint can not move with it. IF the cracks are small, then you can sand down, fill with a suitable product, prime and paint. If the cracks are severe then you will have to strip the surface back, repair it and then repaint.
  • Uneven finish in gloss -
    This is caused when painting in humid conditions. Nothing can be done except waiting for the paint to dry fully and repaint when conditions are dry.
  • Insect stuck to new paint -
    Whatver you do, don't try and pick out flies from wet paint. Just leave the paint to dry, preferably overnight and then wipe them away with a damp cloth. This will often not leave a trace.
  • Bristles from the brush being left in the paint -
    If this happens (and it will happen a lot with cheap brushes) do not try to use your fingers to pick it out. Use the narrow edge of the brush to gently pick out the bristle. You can use this technique with hair as well.
  • Wrinkling in the paint -
    Most often you will get wrinkly when a second coat is applied before the first coat is fully dry. Occasionally this can be caused by applying the paint in direct sun. Sand it down until the surface is smooth and then repaint.
 

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Home Decorating Tips

Not all home decorating ideas require a heavy investment of time and money. If you're looking for a few affordable home interior decorating ideas to freshen up a room over a weekend, try these ten:

Rearrange The Furniture- Pull your furniture away from the walls. Try positioning it at intriguing angles. For example, a sofa arranged diagonally across a narrow living room will make the room look wider.

Paint A Wall- Paint one wall your favourite colour and make it the focal point. Hang interesting art on that wall and move a nice piece of furniture there. (Note: Make sure that the colour is one that is shared with several other objects and fabrics in the room.)

Bring In Plants- Greenery always adds a breath of fresh air to a room. If you don't have a green thumb, try silk plants and trees. The quality has gotten so good that its hard to distinguish them from the real thing.

Lay An Area Rug- An area rug is a wonderful way of defining a conversation area. Try one that complements the room. Lay it at an angle beneath your coffee table.

Hang Pictures or Mirror- Hang pictures that reflect your personality. Try frames that are more ornate. When hanging a mirror, try and position it so that it reflects and nice view or an interesting architectural element.

Group Figurines- Pull out your favourite collectibles. Show off your personality. Find a display area and group related objects together, in sets of three or five. Try and vary the shapes.

Add Decorative Pillows- The good news about decorative pillows is that they are an easy way to add textures and patterns to a room. Still better, they can be changed to jazz up a sofa or chair before your room is ready for a major makeover.

Replace Lamps- Lamps are probably the one thing in your home that will give others a clue that your room is outdated. Seek out new and fresh lamps that make a statement.

Add A Throw Or Afghan- Similar to decorative pillows, throws and afghans add texture to your furniture. They come in all kinds of natural and man made fabrics. Find a pattern and style that you like.

Eliminate Clutter- Clutter has a way of eliminating the desired mood and effect of any room. Find storage spaces for papers, toys, and other items that take from the personality of a room.



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