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Choosing When to Start your Project
If you’re planning a winter interior painting project, pay very close attention to weather reports. Exterior as well as interior temperatures, combined with humidity levels, affect how paint dries and, therefore, how good your finished paint job looks and lasts. Typically, humidity levels are lower over winter but of course each region in Australia differs, and Mother Nature can be unpredictable.
According to experts, the ideal conditions when planning a winter painting project are temperatures of around 15-20 degrees and humidity levels of around 70-80 percent. A gentle breeze and full winter sunshine, providing plenty of natural light, represent optimum winter painting conditions.
But if the conditions are less-than-perfect, and outside chill and dampness are permeating through to internal walls, your paint may not adhere properly. If this is the case, turn up the thermostat while you’re painting (but remember to adequately ventilate), and leave the heat on for approximately thirty-six hours afterwards.
Choosing the Right Products
For an interior paint project, it is recommended that you choose water-based primer and paint that have little or no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). These types of products emit very little odour, which means less unpleasant lingering paint fumes throughout the house. The Dulux Wash and Wear range comes highly recommended thanks to the paint’s low odour and fast drying time.
As for colour choices and styles, you are, of course, only limited by your imagination!
Preparing to Paint
As with all painting projects, proper preparation will ensure a professional job that will last the distance.
Clear out furniture so you are working in a clear, uncluttered space. Cover carpets with drop sheets for protection. Remove any fixtures, such as light fitting and picture hooks. Apply painters’ masking tape to fittings that can’t be removed and to any tricky edges.
Wash surfaces thoroughly with sugar soap, such as Selleys Super Kleen Sugar Soap, to ensure your walls and wood work are free of dust and grime.
Zero in on any signs of mould and remove with treatments, such as 30 Seconds Mould Off. A solution of one part bleach to ten parts water, also works well.
For water stain marks, identify the source of the leak and contain it. If the surrounding paint is sound, clean the surface, apply an oil based primer sealer and undercoat, before applying a top coat.
Remove peeling or flaking paint and carefully sand the surface.
Fill any dents or nail holes with filler and use acrylic gap sealant for any cracks in areas where there may be movement, such as near doors or windows. Once filled and sanded down, cover areas with a three in one sealer, primer and undercoat.
All that’s left to be done now is to put on the kettle, line up your favourite playlist and you’re ready to start painting!