1. Temperature can impact paint application and finished product
It’s no secret that paint projects are best completed in ideal weather conditions that aren’t too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry. The label on your paint can will advise you of the most ideal time to paint, however realistically it’s not always possible to paint in these conditions.
While it’s true that cold and wet weather conditions can extend drying times, and extreme heat can cause the paint to dry too quickly and increase the risk of developing imperfections (such as flaking and blistering); there are steps to take to ensure your paint project can still be competed, no matter the weather.
If the weather takes a cold and wet turn when you are completing your paint project, counteract the cold temperatures by warming up the room and surface before painting, and accelerate drying times by increasing the air flow to the room. Click here for more tips for painting when its cold and rainy!
Alternatively when it’s super hot, start your paint project earlier in the day to combat the heat, and dip your paintbrush in a small amount of water to assist the flow of paint to stop brush strokes from forming if the paint dries too quick. Click here for more info and tips for painting outdoors in summer.
Note, different types of paint will work best under different conditions and will require different drying temperatures. Read the label on your paint prior to starting your project or ask the team at your local Inspirations Paint store if you’re unsure.
2. Bleach doesn’t kill mould
If you’re having an issue with mould on your walls it’s important to resolve this issue before painting. If you ignore the mould it will only continue to grow and if you paint over it, it will resurface in a short space of time. A common myth is that bleach will kill mould – this isn’t correct. Bleach will only turn your mould white and disguise the issue temporarily, but it will not kill the spores. Mould not only looks bad, but is also very bad for your health so it’s important to make sure you address the issue correctly the first time and get rid of it before you start painting.
To remove mould from your surface, spray a product like 30 Seconds Mould Off to the affected area, wait 30 seconds and wipe off. Repeat if necessary. Once the mould have been removed, you should also use Sugar Soap to clean the surface area of your walls as the paint will be easier to apply if the surface area is clean and free of not only mould, but also dirt, grime, oils and stains that may build up over time. A clean surface also results in a better overall appearance of the paint once it dries.
When you’ve removed the mould and are ready to start painting it’s important to choose the right paint that can prevent your mould from returning. Did you know you can buy paint with an anti-mould formula? Start by applying Dulux PRECISION Stain & Mould Blocker which has been specifically formulated to inhibit mould & mildew growth. Follow up with Dulux Wash and Wear Plus, which has a 7 year guarantee on mould growth (guideline only - this will be dependant on the amount of mould prior to application).
If your wall had a mould problem once before, it’s at risk of having one again so be conscience of what paint you’re using and what preventative measures you take. Try to ventilate the room as often as possible to further assist in fighting the chance of re-growth. Also remember to ventilate the room during the drying stage of your paint.
3. Choose extension poles over ladders
Did you know that using an extension pole on your roller is a more efficient way of painting and gives you a more professional end result than a brush and standing on a ladder? Not to mention it’s safer.
Using an extension pole allows you to see where you are painting and what the job looks like on a larger scale. It also allows you to work in better lighting as your paint work is not affected by your shadow. You should use your roller on as much of the surface area as possible to keep the same consistency with your paint application; this will give a better end result. Of course you will need to use a brush and ladder to cut into the surface area around windows, doors and trimmings, but try to limit your use of a paint brush to this part only.
When applying the paint with an extension pole, work in large M'S and W'S across the wall, allowing you to keep a wet edge on the paint which will eliminate marking. This is the most effective technique to use when applying paint and will give you a professional finish. Peter from Inspirations Paint Warners Bay recommends to;
“Point your roller frame in the direction you are painting to avoid having the roller cover slip off and become problematic mid-way through your project”.