If you are arranging to paint your walls then you are going to need to do some preparation work.
Don't worry though gold standard decorators are here to help.
When you undertake any painting and decorating tasks at home, whether it's inside or outside, you want it to be successful. Preparing the area properly is critical to your success.
It's worth investing some additional time and energy over preparing your surfaces before you paint, as you'll improve the quality of the finish.
Painting can get messy at times which is why it’s very important to make sure the wall has been prepared in the correct way before you begin painting.
When you follow the steps in this blog post on how to prepare walls for painting you won’t go far wrong :)
1.Make Sure You Cover Any Furniture
Covering up any furniture in the room is important. Use a plastic sheet or a dust sheet.
Plastic will uphold better if you spill a large amount of paint, but a dust sheet can be washed and then reused the next time you paint. They both work perfectly fine it just depends on what you prefer.
Remove all pictures and paintings and make sure you cover up areas you don’t want the paint to touch like architraves and skirting boards.
Another crucial stage in the process for wall prep before you paint is to ensure your plug sockets and switches are taped over
It's not difficult to forget these even exist when you see them everyday.
Nonetheless they are still there and unless you want to cover them in paint you need to cover them up.
The most straightforward way to do this is to use painter's tape and cover the whole light switch or socket.
This way, while you are painting close to them any paint will end up on the tape and not your sockets.
At the point your decorating project is finished and you are happy with the outcome simply pull the tape off.
Your plug sockets and switch covers will look brand new.
2.You Need To Protect The Floor
It doesn't matter what you use to paint whether it's a brush, a roller or a sprayer, there's going to be drips on the floor. Even if you are very super careful.
So it’s in your best interest that you cover the floor. Put some masking tape on all the skirting in the room you will be painting.
Then put down a dust sheet on the floor covering the whole room including the tape.
3.Remove Any Old Wallpaper
To strip any old wallpaper off the walls you need to paint, fill up a water sprayer with a stripping solution and spray it on the wall. let the wall soak for 30 minutes and then use a wallpaper scraper tool to start removing the paper.
Textured wallpaper can be a challenge to remove because it is made to not allow water to penetrate it.
An ideal way to remove this type of wallpaper is to use a tool called a steamer.
You hold this tool onto the wallpaper for 30 seconds and it releases steam which then gets behind the paper which makes it soft.
Doing this makes it so much easier to remove the paper with your scraper.
Repeat this process over and over and the wallpaper will be off in no time.
Make sure you wait for the wall to dry before your start painting.
4.Repair Any Damaged Surfaces
Sometimes when you pull wallpaper off the wall you'll leave loose ends all over the wall, if this happens you need to cut them off.
Next you should put filler in any holes or dents in the wall. If you previously had pictures hung you will need to fill them holes where the screws were.
If there are larger holes, repair those properly with the correct filler and tape. Speak with your local decorator to find out the best way to repair your walls before you start painting and decorating. especially if large repairs are needed.
If you need a professional to come in and do the job for you gold standard decorators will be happy to give you a quote, we are based in enfield north London.
For paint that is peeling off walls you will want to scrape and sand before you put any paint on walls. Painting over paint that’s chipping or flakey is just going to be a disaster and a total waste of your time, as it will need to be re-decorated soon after completion.
5.Washing The Walls
It is generally very easy for dust and other debris to gather on your walls after some time.
This is particularly obvious if you have just sanded the wall down.
While the sanding is useful for getting your walls very smooth, it will cause a significant amount of dust.
So you have to make sure the wall you are about to paint is clean. Nothing is worse than lumps in your finished paint work because the wall wasn't cleaned properly.
We advise that you clean your walls with a wet cloth before you put any paint on the walls.
For exterior painting work use some sort of pressure washer to prepare the exterior walls you are going to be painting so you are absolutely certain you have removed all dirt off the surface that is about to be painted.
Once you've cleaned your walls your ready for the next step.
Before you paint you usually need to prime your walls.
Primer is a type of paint which you use before your final coat of paint.
This paint or undercoat assists the paint with successfully sticking to the surface.
It additionally helps with covering the old paint so when you go to apply the new coat, the old paint colour doesn't bleed through.
This isn’t always a necessary step, but for walls that haven’t been painted before, or if you are going from a dark colour to a light colour the wall will accept the paint better if they have been primed first. Also known as a mist coat.
You will need less coats of paint to get your desired colour and coverage.
Making sure that you have properly prepared your walls to begin painting them is absolutely crucial. Once you have covered, masked, repaired, cleaned, and primed all your walls and surfaces you will thank yourself later that you took that time to do that extra work.
The quality of the finish will be miles better and in the long run it will last longer if done the correct way we just mentioned.
And thats it, hope that helps :).
If you need help on finding a good painter and decorator we have a blog post all about it you can check it out here.
How to tell the difference between a great decorator from an awful one?
Do we know some great painters and decorators? Absolutely, as it goes, we do!
Saying that, we have been in the industry since 2001, on the of chance you are sat at home pondering who to call?
Try not to worry, we will direct you through how to source the correct decorator for the work, at the correct cost and of good quality.
Having a decorator paint your home every year can turn into a huge cost over the long run, so you additionally need to consider WHAT paint you need on the house, as a low quality paint will really set you back much more cash.
Individuals (wrongly) think painting and decorating is simple, all things considered, it's simply plunging a brush into a pot of paint right? NO!
So what is a GOOD decorator?
All things considered, various individuals would have various perspectives on what is acceptable and what is terrible, usually the best decorators are the least expensive ones, all things considered, you ought to be paying for quality yes?
As we are in the industry our views on what decorators are great and what is an awful painter is obviously one-sided, yet some basic research before you allow any individual who offers painting services into your home will help you out.
1. Initial feelings: Are they capable? Do they satisfy your the standard of work you are looking for?
2. Great house painters and decorators, by and large work to the highest standards from the beginning, including having a decent website which isn't only an advert, however something that offers genuine benefit and gives great information to potential customers like this blog
3. Ensure the photographs on their website are really projects they have done themselves!
In the event that you are in enfield, for instance, and you visit a decorators site and the main newly painted house you see on their is one that is clearly in America, you can be certain they don't have anything of their own work to show you.
Trust me that is very normal and it happens all the time
Anyone can claim to be a professional decorator, yet a REAL professional will make a special effort to demonstrate that.
Also you would have to search for references and reviews from past customers who have had work done by the company before. as you can see we have 5 star google reviews from our happy customers .
5. Would they be able to give you a quote in writing?
Great decorators give fixed prices, and don't pressure or apply pushy sales tactics to get the work.
They're straightforward individuals, and most people can spot somebody dodgy a mile away .
when a great painter and decorator is working they will for the most part wear painters whites or overalls and will work systematically and clean up as they go and not treating your house like a building site.
A professional painter will obviously work effectively, do a fantastic job and exceed your expectations.
6. What are the warning signs I should look out for while picking a painter, for instance?
This is what rogue traders look like.
A rogue trader painting company, for instance, may change the quote they initially cited, and particularly with older people.
they will out of nowhere add extras onto the job as they think the homeowner has no choice but to pay.
So what would should you look for in a professional decorator
Ideally look at their reviews and ask to see work they have done before and if you ever feel uncomfortable when dealing with tradesmen or feel pressured into going with them listen to your gut feeling and refuse.
These individuals could be around your home two or three weeks undertaking the project, so pick somebody you like, you can trust, and somebody who is trackable as well!
What will a great painting and decorating company do?
Great painting companies will ensure that the client knows, precisely the amount it will cost, and precisely WHAT work they intend to do. with no hidden costs.
If you need a painter and decorator in enfield, gold standard decorators are here to help bring your project to life. Call us on 02031430078 today for a free quote.
When you decide what colour you are going to paint a room you need to take the time to actually get a feel for how it will look on your walls when it is finished.
Holding paint testers up to the wall just isn’t going to do the trick though. You need to take your time, you need to see the colour on all walls and you need to see it in different lights throughout the day.
This is the only way to know if it’s the right colour. But how do you do this in the most effective way? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
How To Properly Test Paint on Walls
Do not put paint directly on any existing walls. There are a few reasons, unless you have the wall painted white already you’re going to get a false sense of the colour you are putting on a wall that isn’t white.
If you group a bunch of different colors together on the wall, then you’ll just be comparing colour to colour which you have already done by holding up paint testers side by side.
You need to give yourself a blank canvas to work with. And don’t worry that doesn’t mean you must paint your wall white. Here’s what you should do.
1.Take the colour wheel on a test drive around the room holding it up to the furniture to see which colours go with your carpets, curtains and other decor of the room.
This is assuming you’re not changing that as well and if you are some fabric samples of those new items will be helpful. Once you have chosen two or three of your favourites it’s time to get down to business and get the paint on the wall, but not really on the wall.
2.Get some white foam board. This is going to be your paint board.
3.The paint supplier should have samples you can purchase for a nominal fee of the colours you choose from the colour wheel.
Paint a large square or circle with your paint sample on one paint board. One colour per paint board.
4.Don’t paint the whole board, leave some of it white so your eye isn’t distracted when you hold it up to the wall that is already painted with the colour you’re trying to cover up.
There’s probably a reason you are covering that colour up to begin with, so the last thing you need is that colour messing up your view.
5.Hold your paint boards up on different walls. Not next to each other because again you want to avoid comparing colours.
6.Rotate them around the room and see how they look at all different times of the day.
As the light hits different parts of a room you’ll want to get an idea of what it will look like in all possible lighting so you don’t end up with a paint that looks spectacular in daylight, but just okay at night with artificial light shining on it.
And that’s how you can get paint on your walls without actually putting it on the walls. This will give you a realistic feel for how the colour is going to look and which one is the best for your project.
Thats it, we hoped that helped and if you need a professional to come in and help with your project we are here to help.
gold standard decorators can make your project a reality give us a call on 02031430078 and we will be happy to give you a quote.
We cover enfield and surrounding areas :)