Many people find the huge range of different types of paint now available are a bit of a minefield, so two new projects on the diydoctor website are offering lots of information about paint for the interiors.
The first explains the range of paint available when it comes to preparing to paint, such as basecoats, textured paint and anit-damp paint. It goes on to give a guide to the different types of topcoat, from vinyl matt, vinyl satin and vinyl silk emulsion to kitchen and bathroom paint, stating what qualities they have and when and where you might choose to use them in your home.
It guides you through what you need to use when painting wood and metal and for the type of finish you are looking for, as well as specialist paints avialble for painting tiles, radiators, mdf,, floors and fire retardant paints.
Another new project gives a guide to eco paints and why you might choose to use this range of relatively new paints on the market. These paints are better for you and the environment and are becoming very popular for home improvers with a great variety now more easily available in shops and online and are competatively priced. Certainly worth looking into if you are doing some redecorating.
As we said last week, we have lots of new projects being added to the website over the next few weeks, and one of the latest is the ‘Skirting Board Painting’ project, which guides you through all you need to know.
Not many people enjoy doing this job as it can be a bit fiddly but this project gives advice from the tools and material you will need, the preparation you need to do before you start including making sure you have your carpet or flooring protected, and then advice on the actual painting, from undercoat to gloss.
The key to painting skirting boards is not to rush. Take your time and don’t overload your paint brush and you should avoid drips and unnecessary mess, and get a great result!
If you have started the new year feeling a bit bored with your surroundings at home, now might be a good time to look at a bit or redecorating.
Many people find having taken dowm the christmas tree and decorations they take a fresh look at their interiors. It may be that just re-arranging the furniture in the living room or bedroom could freshen it up for you. But you might feel that an up-date is overdue and this is a good time of year to take on a relatively minor project you can happily do indoors!
If you haven’t the time or are a bit worried about doing anything too dramatic, you could try just painting or wallpapering an accent wall, and then just buying a few accessories to compliment the change. Or if you are planning a more major overhaul of a room, it is a good idea to get all your ideas, colour swatches etc together so you can make a really good plan of what you want the room to look like and the order that things need to be done in to create the transformation.
We have lots of project pages with advice to help you, from how to mask-up when decorating and advice on different types of paint brushes and rollers, to painting new plaster and hanging wallpaper.
- Image: diyfail.com
This is not the recommended way to decorate your front room (and it would probably be best to keep a better eye on your kids!), but if you need a good eco-friendly paint stripper you should look at using the paint and varnish remover from Eco Solutions!! Read more on our Paint-Stripping project.
If you would like to learn more about painting and decorating
you could take a look at some videos (in our DIY Videos
section) covering how to paint a wall, using sponging techniques, painting window frames, painting a door and painting woodwork.
Alternatively, if you can’t face doing the decorating yourself (or your skills are more like the those in the photo above), you can always get a professional in using our Find a Tradesman
form to get free, no obligation quotes from painers and decorators in your area.
As with last weeks blog post on painting woodwork, painting masonry requires as much, if not a little more, preparation.
Brickwork, render, stonework and blockwork can crumble during the winter as the water gets into tiny fissures and freezes. As water freezes, it expands. The expansion process cracks the masonry a tiny bit more. The crack then lets in a little more water and the process repeats itself all through the winter.
preparing brickwork for painting
This, in construction physics terms, is called Freeze-Thaw action.
To guard against this, regular summer maintenance is called for and our blog post on repointing brickwork will help here. We also have a project called preparing brickwork for painting and you can get there by clicking on the link.
At the bottom of this page you can find out how to replace a damaged brick, how to clean surplus mortar from bricks and we even have a project on how to clean efflorescence