Which Paint Is Right For Which Job? Some Answers

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If you’ve just begun down the road to doing it yourself, you’ll have probably started to wonder about what paints you should use.

Part of the problem lies with the fact that different types of paint are appropriate for different skill levels. It’s probably best not to jump into using any old paint if you haven’t had any prior experience.

Most painting experts recommend that beginners start with acrylic paints. Why? Because they’re easy to learn and they are water-soluble, meaning that they’re easy to clean up if you make a mistake. What’s more, they’re widely available.

Painting Doors, Door Frames And Stairs

Unfortunately, a basic acrylic paint isn’t always appropriate. For harder wearing and more fiddly items, like stair rails and doors, oil-based paints are the way to go.

Remember, before starting a job on a wooden door or stair rail, to thoroughly sand down the area you intend to paint. Why? Because this allows the first layer of paint you apply to stick to the surface.

Most professionals, including paint companies like Paints4Trade, recommend you always begin with a primer. The purpose of this is to block out any stains that might be lurking under the surface. Then, apply a latex or oil based paint on top. If you sand in between layers of paint, you’re more likely to achieve a quality finish.

Painting Interior Walls

As always with DIY, it’s the preparation that counts. One of the things that novice DIYers forget to do is make sure that their walls are thoroughly prepared before they start painting. If you fail to remove all the debris from the wall, you’ll end up with bits of paint that stick out. What’s more, these can fall off, ruining the appearance of your walls. Get a sponge and some sugar soap solution and clean the area in which you intend to work. Then affix decorator’s tape around the edges to paint to stop paint bits of paint flicking off on the borders.

Once you’re all set, it’s best to use a couple of layers. The first layer, as before, should be a latex primer. Again, this blocks out any of the old colours. Then on top of that should come an acrylic paint.

Painting Bathroom Tiles

Painting tiles, like painting bricks, is a time-consuming process. First, as with any job, the surface of the tiles needs to be cleaned, usually with a tile cleaning product. Then, once dry, give it a little sand. As before, this will help the paint adhere to the tiles. Finally, wipe away the dust. Then it’s just a case of taping around the area you intend to paint and priming the surface of the tiles.

The primer should be acrylic, as should the finish. When you start painting, start in the top corner and then work down to create a wet-edge, before working across on the rest of the tiles. This just allows you to avoid any overlapping brush strokes than can ruin the look.

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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.

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