First of all, let me tell you that I am by no means a professional painter, but during the course of my working life I have painted many different projects from walls and ceilings to wooden furniture and cupboards. The information about painting available is endless and can be very difficult to navigate when all you want to know is how to paint a wall. The most important points to consider when painting are choosing the right paint and also knowing which are the right tools for the job! To truly get a great finish on any wall you must, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to sand and prepare your walls by using a 120-180 grit sandpaper to level any imperfections in the previous paint coats before patching any holes in the surface.
Once you have sanded the surface and are happy with the feel, wash the walls and use a coarse filler like Sika Filler 107 (available at bunnings and my new favourite). This filler is blue and easy to see where you have patched, it dries hard without re-hydrating and sands back very easily. For larger holes you must apply a second coat or more if required, but I like to apply a thick amount slightly proud of any holes, wait for the filler to dry and then sand back before applying another light coat and repeating the process. The only downside to this product is the 2 hour wait time before sanding, but for the finish you get, it is definitely worth the wait! All patches large enough to expose bare plaster should be primed to prevent shadowing in the finished paint coats. My choice of primer is Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3. Although expensive, this primer is very versatile and can be used on many different projects such as plaster, plasterboard, wood and even metal, Zinsser is slightly self-levelling due to it’s thickness and able to be re-coated in just 30 mins.
The choice of paint comes down to the surface that is being covered and preference to a particular brand or base (oil or water based). Personally I prefer Dulux and water based paints, mainly because Dulux offers a superior product and gives a great finish, with water based paints so much easier to work with, clean up afterwards and the smell doesn’t give me a headache!
When beginning a first coat of a room, I like to cut in using a tapered brush (63mm) and roll out the cut-in using a small roller to help the paint blend better. I cut in one wall at a time and then use a suitable nap roller (I prefer microfibre 12mm nap because it doesn’t leave fibres in my work) to roll out sections roughly 1 meter squared until i have covered the whole wall. Then i will lightly roll out the entire wall using a little bit of paint on the roller and while the wall is still wet, to blend the paint in. I do this on both coats to ensure that the finish is even and looks great. After the first coat is applied and dried, I will give the whole wall a light sand with 240 grit sandpaper and wash the wall again with sugar soap. Then the second and final coat (unless the surface really needs a third coat…..) can be applied in the same method as the first, taking care to roll out the entire wall so that no roller marks show up in the final coat.
The choices of products available for painting are endless, with products for all from the home D.I.Y’er to the true professionals and it can be a difficult task to choose the appropriate product for the job. It is always a good idea to consult the back of the label on the product you choose before you pick any tools, to ensure that you are using the most suitable tool for the task. Different paints recommend different nap lengths for your rollers and the wrong one will have you cleaning leftover fibers out of your finished product.
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